It was 366 days ago that I entered my 2nd race since my 12 year hiatus off the bike. I was somehow talked into the Vision Quest race by my good friend Chas, and managed to transfer a spot at the last minute. I had only been mountain biking again for about 4 months, most of the time on a single speed too, and I had never ridden over 40 miles, and there I was about to race 56 miles with over 11,000 feet of climbing.
For some reason when I started riding again I wanted to do these longer ‘epic’ races, looking back I feel a lot of people getting into racing are interested in this type of racing for the accomplishment of completing something great. I got lucky and managed to finish the 2011 VQ top 20, and 1st in the single speed category, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I will never forget seeing Tinker and the lead group a switchback ahead of me on the first climb in the dark, it looked like they were doing 25mph uphill! At that point I really kind of realized how slow I really was, and started to think what I could do to start riding faster. Just ride more right, HA!
I did a few more races last year, with some decent results but just couldn’t figure out what it takes to start getting to that next level. I recalled the first time Len told me he had a coach, Im pretty sure I laughed out loud at him. A coach for mountain biking? Seriously?
It didn’t take me too much longer to realize that I wanted to step up my game so there I was asking Len if I could get the number for his coach. I have only been working with Trevor Glavin about 4 months and in about two weeks I’m about to race one of the biggest races of the year in Cat1 and am feeling pretty good about it. I have been wanting to race sea otter since I worked in a bike shop 12 years ago, and now that I live in CA its a pretty feasible task.
Its pretty awesome to look back and see how far you have come in a year, what has changed and where you plan on trying to go. I am super excited to keep working with everyone and see how far I can go, big thanks to everyone at this point!
To this(haha again)…