Dreaming about the year to come…
More Pro XCT races! More enduro races! More downhilling, more indoor bike parks, more pump tracks, more skate parks and more AIR time! I sound like a kid in a candy store.
Specifically, I have 29 races planned, starting February 28 and running clear into October. I plan to attend each race of the Kenda Cup Series and I’m hoping to crack the top 4. I’m heading to California in April for Bonelli Park #2 and the Sea Otter Classic to see what West Coast racing is all about.
But also, more balance. Last year, I found that the moments of singular intensity always caused waves of discontent in other areas of my life. So the mantra for this year is balance, balance, balance.
With that in mind – some goals in other aspects of my life :
Make “Bloomfield Bike Fest” a reality – this is going to be a bicycle festival held in Watsessing Park (Bloomfield, NJ) and will include kids races (cx style), mountain bike skills sessions, bicycle safety clinics (presented by the Bloomfield Police Dept), an obstacle course, an antique bicycle display & presentation, food and more. Save the date – April 30 – pending park approval. Want to help? Let me know, I need all the help I can get.
Work up SOMETHING to be worthy of doing during the next Joe Tiseo Jam – this photo doesn’t do any justice to the talented athletes in this picture. The tricks these athletes were landing was absurd. You’ll notice there are ZERO females on bikes. ZERO. I want to change that statistic.
Pick up garbage while walking my kids to or from school. I have been meaning to do this for the past few years and somehow I have not managed to find the time. Now, I keep a pile of grocery bags stocked by the front door along with my work gloves so it’s all easy to grab as I head out. So far I’ve managed a bag a day with less than 3 additional minutes added to the walk each way.
Break ground on the re-landscape project at Watsessing Elementary. This is an immense project our Home & School Association is undertaking and we’ve already made strides. The first phase of the project will be installing gardens, benches and little free libraries in the front of the school. Then we will tackle the black top in the back. We’ve already met with a group from Rutgers that will be helping develop a plan to turn the endless asphalt into a learning landscape recess wonderland (at least I hope they will).
And lets not forget the MTBNJ group ride series. I only made it to 1 in 2015. It’s tough to make these rides with such an intense racing and training schedule, but balance, balance, balance. Community and socializing is good for the soul, so certainly I can make a few more of these this year.