This year I have changed my philosophy on racing a little bit, this year its quality over quantity but more importantly to have fun. I have only been truly racing for a couple years now, my first race ever was in the fall of 2008, and it was a little 12 mile mountain bike race (Terror of Teaberry for anyone who knows it), and then did a few road races in college but nothing I took seriously or really trained for. Then in 2010 and newly found friend, Zach Adams, started to bring me to some cross races and getting me to ride a little more trying to convince me to start racing my bike more. In 2011 I went into the year with the plan of doing 3-4 races total but instead ended up following Zach Adams around to a few races and was introduced to the MASS (Mid Atlantic Super Series) and I ended up do many more races than planned…even a few cross races on a borrowed bike. Then by last year, 2012, I was really hooked and was all about racing as much as I could handle, upgraded equipment, bought several bikes, and ended up doing over 20 races total for the year including mountain biking, cross, and a couple other miscellaneous race formats. Last year though was a roller-coaster of racing for me though with a few successful races, several DNF’s due to crashes or mechanicals, and other life events that added to the stress.
This year I have been feeling stronger, faster, more confident, a little more competitive, and enjoying the sport more. I really am begin to truly LOVE THIS SPORT!! But as my love for the sport begins to grow I am also learning many lessons in racing, riding, and in life. I have a lot of different things going on this year and I believe it making me a better person overall, it’s just been challenging trying to find that nice work – life – fun – relaxation – time balance. I truly believe this year is going to be a good year.