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The Circles of Life

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

As the wheels turn...

There are a multitude of things that need to come together in a cyclocross race to have any kind of "winning" results. Text book stuff, like proper rest, nutrition, training, smooth transitions, picking the right lines, etc. But there's one that people don't talk much about. Maybe because it's more of an implied factor. To me though, this is the one thing that I've been chasing and I'm not sure how or why it finally clicked.

I call it "battle". Now, some people just seem to be programmed for it. Not this gal. Until recently, my best shot at it was hoping every thing else mentioned above lined up. I feel it now though. It's in my belly.

Spoiler alert: I'm not setting the stage for a big come-uppance story. I rather loathe the start line brawls and might never embrace what it takes to cut up through that mess. But I have patience, which is fairly valuable in cx. Their mistake could be my gain (or vice versa).

I feel this new mentality driving me forward in races and I relish it....

~ Jen Groen