Nationals Part 3 of 3

Looking Macro

The race at Nationals was a microcosm of the season as a whole. To see what went down on the day, click {HERE} for the write up, or listen to the second half of the {Crosshairs Radio Podcast} where I go into details. 

Just like the start of Nats, the start of my season wasn’t ideal. I gained amazing support from sponsors, friends and family, but I wasn’t having the results I wanted. Mechanicals, crashes, lack of time on the bike had me start behind and have to claw my way forward. Never. Give. Up. As the race went on, I got better and better, stronger, more consistent, just like my whole season. The work paid off, I got some incredible results and started to feel like I deserved to be where I was. 

Then the crash. I got sick after my best result ever (3rd at DCCX) and was not able to travel to some big races I had on the schedule and missed out on crucial points. But, instead of laying on the ground (in either case) I regrouped, took what was dealt and moved forward. Always Push. Never Quit. 

And the rest of the season was all about taking what was dealt to me and making the best of it. Focusing on the task at hand. I learned to not worry about what was going to happen, but put energy into what I could control. The results reflected this change and I was able to finish in the top 5 a further 3 times at the UCI level, and inside the top 10 at every UCI race I finished. 

When I crossed the line at Nationals, I was disappointed at first, but was able to take a look back, macro level at the race and be very proud of the race, given the variables. I pedaled hard and finished strong. I left it all out there and had the best race I could have. Same with the season. Was it the perfect season? No. Was it hard? Absolutely! Did I reach all my goals? No. BUT what I did do outweighs any disappointments. There were so many more things that made this season special that I couldn’t have dreamed of happening. I was able to immerse myself into the cyclocross community and have made so many incredible friends and connections. I’ve been on a podcast (twice!), travelled the east coast because bikes, learned how important it is to surround yourself with the right people, how to hustle, ask for help, and never quit. AND to cap it all off, I am now a Professional Cyclist. (what?!)

I truly wish I had all the words to capture the love I’ve felt from you guys this season. Any attempt at all, even if this was a novel would be a sad representation of how grateful I am. So you will just have to take my word for it. You. YOU! You made this season possible. 

Thank you. 

beyondCX isn’t going away either! Im going to take a break, reset, ride some long slow miles and get my head wrapped around the 2016-2017 season. Keep checking in now and then through the summer to keep up with what’s happening in the world of beyondCX!

Until next time, be epic,

Ben

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