A Year of Triumphs and Challenges
As we step into 2024, it’s a time for reflection and anticipation. The past year, 2023, was a memorable one in my cycling journey. While it came with its share of challenges, it was also filled with remarkable achievements that I will cherish forever.
2023 in Numbers
- Total Miles Ridden: 7,361
- Elevation Gain: 256,604 feet
- Longest Ride: Hoodoo 300 (297 miles)
- California Triple Crown Double Centuries Completed: 3 (Camino Real, Solvang, and Eastern Sierra)
- Century Rides: 19
These numbers, however, only tell part of the story. The year was a mix of highs and lows, with the Hoodoo 300 being a standout achievement, testing my limits in ways I had never imagined. Despite completing three challenging California Triple Crown double centuries and numerous century rides, 2023 was a lower volume year compared to my past records. This was primarily due to an injury and some inconsistencies in training post-Hoodoo 300.
The latter part of the year was marked by a challenging phase as I dealt with a shoulder injury. The crash at the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century was a setback, both physically and mentally. It forced me to take a step back and focus on recovery, which wasn’t easy. However, it also taught me the importance of patience and resilience.
The Road to Recovery and Beyond
As I write this, my shoulder is still healing, but I have resumed training. The focus now is on gradually building up volume, keeping an eye on my body’s response to increased activity. My goal for the early season is to be ready for the California Triple Crown double centuries, starting with the Camino Real Double Century in February and the Solvang Spring Double Century in March.
Goals for 2024
For 2024, my objectives are clear:
- Consistent Training: Establish a more consistent training regimen to avoid the peaks and troughs of the previous year.
- Mindful Riding: Pay closer attention to my body, ensuring I balance ambition with health and safety.
- California Triple Crown Series: Complete at least five (5) double centuries, and volunteer on at least one.
- Hoodoo 300 (or 500?!): Improve my time on the Hoodoo 300-mile course (or complete Hoodoo 500).
- Personal Growth: Use cycling not just as a physical pursuit but as a means to grow mentally and emotionally.
Gratitude and Anticipation
I am immensely grateful for the support of my family, my friends, and the cycling community, especially during the tough times. Their encouragement has been my anchor. As I look forward to 2024, I am filled with a sense of hope and determination.
Thank you for being a part of my journey. Here’s to another year of rolling hills, challenging climbs, beautiful descents, and the joy of cycling. Happy New Year!
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