After competing in my first Elite National Championships in Asheville last January, I left North Carolina with the singular goal of making it back to “the Big Dance”. Now I was looking forward to bettering myself against some of the nation’s best ‘crossers!
The last race of the 2016 calendar year was the Highlander CX Cup in Waco, Texas... With the holidays fast approaching, I was looking forward to the race and boost going into USAC Cyclocross Nationals in January.
In 2015, the week between Ruts N’ Guts and the Resolution CX Cup was a wet one. In fact, in the two previous editions in which I had competed, I’ve never raced in dry conditions. There was always rain and mud and cold and slop. Cyclocross conditions for sure. The 2016 edition presented a stark contrast to the weather fortunes of previous years... but that didn’t mean the racing was any easier.
Riding the wave of my recent success... it wasn’t long before I had to snap back to reality and get back to work. While I could breathe a sigh of relief and check two boxes on my “Season’s Goals” list, Friday came quickly and it was off to the West Coast for some SoCal cyclocross racing.
My mind started to panic a bit and I wondered if I would actually be able to deliver the result so many people, including myself, expected. In that brief moment of panic, I was able to muster one question to myself, “What are you going to do about it?”