League finals wrapped up the 2015 SoCal season. There was definitely a learning curve during my freshman season, and I took away lots of ideas and experiences that will help me get a head start jumping into my Sophomore year.
1. Base miles are important. Unfortunately I made the mistake of playing soccer during the winter and therefore I went into the season with zero base miles. Fortunately, I have now got soccer out of my system and I will have 100% more base miles than the previous season.
2. Consistency is Key. Watching one of the varsity riders from Ramona throughout the season taught me another valuable lesson. This specific rider never finished in the first or second spots but was consistently in the top five. Going into the last race he carried the leader jersey because his consistent podiums lead him to be ranked first in overall points.
3. Bike Maintenance is super important with mountain biking. My coach has been trying to hammer that into my brain for years. This season really reinforced that idea. I threw a chain twice during races, and my other teammate threw a chain just as much as I did. I think we both will work really hard next year to make sure our bikes are in the best shape for each race next year.
4. That’s just racing. Finally, I realize that you can work as hard as possible and everything can come shattering down around you. Just like in “Of Mice And Men” one simple unfortunate mishap can destroy all that you have worked for. My teammate was poised to take the win in the Sophomore category at our third race and landed a three inch drywall screw in his tire. He went from second, challenging first, to pushing his bike dead last… but I guess that’s just racing.
I finished 7th overall in Frosh Boys D2