Like it or not, CX season is on here in Portland. For the past few years, David Douglas has served as a good reminder of how fun and painful CX really is; today was no exception. I had a really bad start, quickly worked my way up to 3rd, had a great two laps battling for 2nd, then blew up but managed to hang onto 3rd. We had unseasonably cool weather complete with passing showers, a very welcome change from the usual 95 degree dirt crit conditions that we’ve had for this race in the past. Anyways, it was awesome, weather and all. I always enjoy this course and it’s fun to see everyone again.
Here’s to another CX season, full of painful races and seeing nervous but happy friends every weekend.
Sometimes, midway through a quickly passing summer that started off full expectations, I am in desperate need of a reset. I’m scattered, stagnant on my bike, tired, and frustratingly bored. Then, along comes Rapha Rising… this silly Strava challenge that for the second year in a row has managed to push me just hard enough and force me to narrow my focus on the essentials in order to finish. As I rest today, I’m tried, but reset and reenergized about what I can do on my bike despite work, life and a occasional lazy streak.