Ryan’s Race Report: Motivation
A few weeks ago, on January 26, I started my second season of racing cross country. This is the first part of an on going series about my experiences racing.
|Sprinting past the team tents|
My first race of 2013 was the series opener at CCCX. The race was held on the awesome single track at Fort Ord near Monterey, CA. Last year I raced Cat 3 14-18 and finished the season 3rd place overall. This year I am racing Cat 2 18 and under. This was my first time racing Cat 2, which was about 22 miles. I finished in 10th place out of 15 riders (2 did not finish). My team mate Ben Slaughter finished 12th.
|A fun section of single track|
I know that I could have done better. My legs did not feel 100% that day. However that is only part of story. Up until that race I had only been training 3 days a week with my team. This race made me realized that I need to train more often. Especially since I plan on doing well in the Norcal High School MTB series. Now I try to ride 5-6 days a week. During my rides, I put an emphasis on the endurance aspects of riding such as pace and heart rate. I have even gone on a few road rides, which I will feature in a future article! I am looking forward to 2 races in the month of February: CCCX XC #2 and the first race in the Norcal High School Series. Both will be at Fort Ord again.