Today I started my end of the year push. It’s not like a push of a car to get it started, and it is certainly not a bathroom push. But, it is an all out effort to pile on one last bit of fitness to try to do well at the iIronman GNCC.
You see, that is the race that started all of this. Scott and I were just casually enjoying off road riding and a few races here and there. Almost on a whim, we headed down to Indiana to do a GNCC race at the end of the season. I didn’t even finish the race. But, shortly after that the next spring, we were driving along and I said, “we should do the whole GNCC series next year.”.
One thing led to another and we organized a van, a camper trailer, some sponsors, a couple of motorcycles each and BAM – we were going GNCC racing. From there, this strange odyssey has played out.
Now, I am finishing my gazillionth racing season here in the Midwest and targeting doing well at the ironman. Someday I’m going to win my class there and then I can be done with it. Not really. It is the best race anywhere.
The hills, the dirt, the field GP sections, the river, ironman hill all of it. I cannot wait.
So I rode today for 3 hours in the rain at Dyracuse. I was not really on it, as I have not ridden in a month. Timing was all off and I could not really go fast. But it felt good to be riding. I will get a few more rides in before THE race. I’ll be ready.
Tomorrow, the first CX race of the year. New cross bike, ready to go.
I WILL get back to being the fastest old dude alive.