Shaking out some mental jewelry from 2014 and prepping for 2015 ... time to pontificate and find the meaning in all this race and ride madness.

Last year's mission: selective repeats and new adventures.

Mental notes taken along the way:
~ The ironic speed and slow motion of a crash
~ The heightened senses of riding in the dark
~ The unspoken kinships forged by pushing pedals together
~ The excitement of the unknown
~ The ghosts of fitness past
~ Derailleurs can self destruct for no good reason
~ The bittersweet humility of going backwards
~ The pride of keeping certain racers behind you

Onto 2015. As the saying goes, a person never steps in the same river twice. The same holds true of the biking scene. Each year is unique. The wonder of who will rise up, who will fade out, who we'll forge new friendships with, what we'll discover and where we'll find our wings is the magic. The best to you in your journey. Viva la Velo!

- Jen Groen