Pissed down rain ALL day here today. The ground is now like soaking wet sponge. We'll need ddddddays of dry weather to get the trails back in decent shape. Frig. Looks like mucho time on the road in the coming days.
I spent my pre B-Man day alternating between working on XXC and getting the Dos Niner and my gear cleaned up and back in shape from last Saturday's mountain mud fest. Later it was off to Tee-Ball practice #2. 4 and 5 years olds learning how to play baseball in a gym. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I think I laugh at the kids and cry because of the parents. There are some real whack job parents out there. Not me of course!
Today was also spent reading post race e mails and race recaps from my Pro Bikes teammates Aaron, Don, and Chrissy. They raced the WVMBA Challenge At Mountwood XC race yesterday in some piss poor conditions. In my buddy Aaron's race report, he has one of the best paragraphs about mountain bike racing I've read in a while, I hope he doesn't mind but I'm gonna share them here...
"The great thing about mountain biking, as with cross, is that your result in every race is limited purely by your own ability to push yourself. There isn't any of that trying to make a break at the wrong time, or chasing down a break without any help, only to have other guys blow past you in the sprint. There is just you, and your willingness to push yourself. There is a little of knowing when to go hard versus when to rest, which is something I'm still learning, but that comes with time."
Those are the kind of words that leave me insanely jealous. For two reasons: 1. That I wasn't there with racing with them and 2. That I didn't write that. In my opinion, that's some serious Velo-Gospel shit right there.
Time to get some sleep, and HOPE that I can get a road ride in tomorrow without becoming a soggy mass of human apathy.