The nice thing about bike racing is that there is always another race. My previous sporting endeavor – long course triathlon – focused on one or possibly two big races a year, what were called your “A” races. Sure you did some “B” and “C” races but the big daddy, the big Kahuna was “A” race; that was the one that mattered. Problem with putting all of your eggs in one basket is what if your basket gets a hole in it. To put it less metaphorically, what if you get sick on race day, what if you’re injured, what if unseasonably hot, unseasonably cold, unseasonable windy – your race is shot. So much for that year.I raced my bike twice last week – a crit and a mountain bike race – this week I’ll race a crit and a road race. If on Thursday (Seward Park Criterium Series) and feel sick, tired, sore, or if I go out too hard and blow up or otherwise get dropped, who cares, there’s another race, another chance at redemption at Saturday’s Vance Creek Road Race.
The fact that there is always another race opens you up to experimentation, it permits you to take risks. Who cares if I blow up, hell at least I tried and in a couple of days I’ll have the chance to put my tire on the start line and try again.