At least from a bike racing perspective, I am just plain broken. Once again, my "Bad Blood" has taken over, and in spite of whatever desires and wishes I might have, There is just not going to be any cross racing for me this year. Given that this blog DOES seem to revolve at least a BIT around the silliness that IS Cross, and it would just remind me of what I did NOT really want to think about, I just plain hid from it.
As I have noted in the past here, I have a chronic Blood Cancer. It's a rare and "easy" cancer to deal with and live with, a FAR cry from what most people who have the disease go thru, but mine never "goes away". As a chronic form of the stupid disease, Mine gets treated, pushed to the background, then slowly builds back up, ever so slowly and surely screwing my blood chemistry up till it begins to get "symptomatic" again. The "cycle time" varies, but I guess I am on a 4 year plan, since this is my first symptomatic recurrence since I got diagnosed 4 years ago in June. Hairy Cell Leukemia is a rare blood cancer (like 500 people a year get diagnosed in the U.S. kind of rare....) that if untreated, overtakes your white blood cells, destroying your immune system very slowly. Turns out it also kinda screws up your aerobic capacity along the way while it's at it. Maybe I need to take up needlepoint for a while.
I HAVE managed to use the "TIME OFF" this year to do some other bike stuff, maybe some things that don't take quite that same high end aerobic functionality. With a trip to Seattle, Vancouver, and Whistler in the summer mix, I tried out a bit of that gravity-fueled kinda riding at Winter Park. Love the Gladiator look, huh?
Turns out that the bike park in Winter Park is pretty cool. The bike park in Whistler is pretty wild. Even with a day of pouring rain, I can HIGHLY recommend a day there if you are "in the neighborhood". It also turns out that riding these monster gravity sleds is a LOT of fun. Spent more time in the air in those 2 days than I have had in 10 plus years. Also just one or two days of that stuff will make you a LOT better descender in general. There WILL be more of this in my future.
Will I be at some races? Hell, yea! I love the atmosphere and the people. I may even enter and "ride around" in the back of one or 2 events, but it just is NOT going to be the same. Pretty strange.
So to all of you out there winding it up, getting ready to rock the cross season, I salute you. Jealousy is never pretty, and I kind of have it. Just know that I will be back, will get treated (probably well before next cross season...) and plan on hitting it hard when I can get back. Till then, enjoy your health, NEVER take it for granted, and have a hell of a season you all. I already miss it.