Around this time of year, I inevitably get hurt. Three years ago I had a blood clot in my leg that kept me off the bike two months, two years ago I was still recovering from a broken hand and the two subsequent surgeries, and last year a non-drive train side crank arm busted and sent me to the concrete.
A couple of weeks ago I did something to my knee. Not sure what I did, but it swelled up and has been buggin' me since. So I guess it's time to take it easy. Bummed to miss the Dakota Five-O, but it's probably prudent to sit it out and heal up.
Bailing on races has been the norm this year. I've only raced twice, but in all honesty, I really don't care. Racing is not what defines someone as a true cyclist. Getting out and riding your bike while promoting the sport and wellness makes someone a legit cyclist in my opinion. Besides, I've saved a lot of cash this year by not traveling and racing. Maybe next year I'll get back in the swing of things. There's been some rumors that the Cycle Works crew may take another crack at Leadville next year. Sign me up!
Good luck to the Nebraskans that are heading up to Spearfish for the Dakota Five-O ! I look forward to hearing some stories.