Fall, my favorite season. Summer is amazing, but usually I am so caught up in racing, training and working that I can't fully enjoy it. Fall is different though. I am still busy, plenty busy, but there is a bit of a weight off my shoulders. Especially now. Things are going much better for me. Although I do miss Durango, I know that coming back and getting things in order was a much better decision. School is going well, really enjoy what I am studying. I am taking care of my debt, almost out actually, and riding my bike more now than in the spring/summer. Plus, it is always a good feeling to be back home.
Congrats again on second place, and next year, hopefully the win! Not too much else to report on. Still working very hard for next year right now. I am confident that it should be a good one. But in the meantime, I will be enjoying my extra cup of coffee and my leisurely afternoon bike rides in leaves. I never get tired of that view. And once again, a huge thanks to John Polli and everybody at Peak Cycles and Bikeparts.com for making this race season happen. Without them it honestly would not have happened. Thank you as well to Marc Gullickson at USACycling, Nelson Oldham at Dos Gringos, Dave Gensch and his awesome family, and Nic and Darren at Ute City Cycles. Thanks again everyone!
A lot has happened since my last post. I raced in the 12 hours of Snowmass in the Duo Pro Category with good friend Dave Gensch. This race was amazing. I had so much fun. The course was incredible, very well organized, and a huge sufferfest. The first few laps I felt great, took them easy, didn't really push it, but starting the fourth of seven laps I was already in a bit of a haze. I forgot how hard endurance events like these are. I have raced many 24 hour races before in the past, but always with a 4 man team. I can honestly say it was one of the harder races I have ever done. It was even better walking away with the win. It's been a while since I have won anything, and crossing that line in first felt amazing. I hope to experience more of it next season. Nat Ross always puts on a great show, and this year he didn't disappoint. It was awesome being a part of it, thanks again Nat! Can't wait until next year.
After the 12hrs, I had a few possible races in mind to close out my season, but with school becoming more demanding and the possibility of having all my debt taken care of in the near future, I decided to end my season on a high note, and to add a bit more time to rest and relax. Another rider who is enjoying the later part of the season is good friend, Calle Friberg, who came oh so close to becoming Swedish Marathon National Champion.