Summing up an entire year in a few paragraphs seems impossible, but I’ll do my best. In the past 365 days, there have been many good days, some bad days, but overall, a decent year. It’s very easy for me to focus on the negatives and not the positives from the year, which is not what I want this blog to be. The year was filled with so many things to talk about and such little blog space to use. Jack and I took our first vacation together, we went to Vegas, did not hit the millions so we had to return to Pennsylvania. I got a newer car, Jack got an older car, but a better one and we updated our back patio and celebrated our 2 year anniversary.
As for mountain biking; last season, I focused my races on the endurance class for the Mid Atlantic Super Series and it paid off. After a long season of great races and one bad (Rattling Creek, ugh) I managed to squeak out a 2nd place overall for the women’s field. Also, by crawling across the finish line at Rattling Creek, it put TBR in 2nd place for overall endurance as a team. I still don’t think I compare to so many women racers, but the good season finish did boost my confidence. I raced my first 12-hour race which was a great experience, had a migraine the whole day and managed to finish in 5th place – not too bad. The races for MASS were fantastic and I met so many amazing people last year who I still keep in touch with and can’t wait to see this year.
Of course, mountain biking is a main focus of mine, but that was not the only event that occurred in the past year. Anyone who knows me, will say that I love my pets more than anything (my husband understands). Our Bubba, who was 10, got a grim diagnosis of neuropathy. We did everything we could to keep him happy and comfortable up until we had to make the saddest decision. On August 6, 2012, Bubba left us to be pain free and run with his doggy buddies in doggy heaven. This, more than anything, overshadows the entire year. He brought us so much joy and love, he was a good boy and did not deserve to go in the pain that he did. It’s very hard for me to talk or even type about Bubba without crying and missing him. I wish everyone could have met Bubba; he was our boy and will live in our hearts forever.
As I look back at my pictures from the year, it is literally hundreds of pictures of mountain biking, pets, family and friends. I’d love to share them all with you but the upload would take too long 😉 Now that it is 2013, I have that renewed feeling that it’s a fresh start and things will be great. Jack and I took our girl, Oreo, for a snowshoe today since we actually have winter this year. This year, I look forward to racing for Toasted Head Race team and training for what will be a grueling handful of races I will attempt this year (NUE, ahh!!). Maybe we’ll even save a dog and add on to our furry family (the pets, not us). There is so much that I hope for this year and we can only try to accomplish the things that we can.
Thank you all for reading and being a part of my life. Thank you to my family for understanding and putting up with my selfishness to always wanting to be in the woods and on my bike. Thank you to my friends who keep me motivated, laughing and appreciating life as it comes along. Without you guys, I’d be lost. To my parents and brother, you listen to me complain and talk about biking nonstop. I’m sorry, but that won’t change 😉 Thank you to Jack, my foundation in my life that holds me up and encourages me that life will be good and that it will all be okay……and it will.
Here are a few photos from this past year:
Staying motivated can be a tricky thing but, I don’t need to tell you that. Motivation can come from different places, and believe me, I drag it out of anywhere I could. Every day I check Twitter a few times to see the posts that Rebecca Rusch, Selene Yeager, Katie Compton and other female pros to see what they are up to. By no means am I even comparable to these amazing athletes but, this is where I get my motivation from and thank you girls for being so awesome. I also get my motivation by seeing my race buddies keeping busy with cyclocross, and knowing that they are still racing and are not losing that edge that I feel like I am for not racing right now. Ugh, stinks living north sometimes.
I started at the gym this week and have created a strength training plan for myself. I searched on bicycling.com’s website for ideas and came across Selen Yeager’s workout videos she has done for them and they are specifically geared for cyclists. I watched them, wrote them down and put them into effect. After three days, the burn is there and the strength will only increase. The gym is a tough place to go, and I really do hate it. I don’t hate many things…..wait, yes I do…but, the gym is awful. The first night was filled with me worrying about who might have been watching me, what if I look stupid or does it look like I’m doing everything right?? Ahh!!! Almost quit……almost. Tonight was much different. I went in with a big not giving a sh*t attitude. This season is about my commitment to me becoming stronger and if I’m going to worry about silly stuff, it won’t happen. Tonight was great and I have found my new attitude towards going to the gym…just do what you have to do and screw everything else.
I will keep riding with buddies until the snow flies and then it will be skiing, snowshoeing and trail running. Let’s all continue to motivate each other since, well, we need it! Thank you to everyone who motivates me, friends, family and yes, the pros..even though they don’t know I exist. Hmmm, maybe someday they will….maybe someday I will be…………
Keep riding all.