“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”
– John F Kennedy
A couple months I applied to upgrade my cycling license from Cat 1 to Pro, based on my few results this year. Filling out the application and submitting my results, I knew that if it was granted I was about to enter a whole new dimension of ‘getting your ass handed to you’ but the butterflies and excitement at the prospect helped me to hit the ‘SEND’ button. I anxiously waited for the result and when the email came through to say that the upgrade was approved, that was it. No more messing around son.
I first got on a mountain bike in late 2014 after a long and difficult season on the road with cycling and triathlon. It was the off season and I wanted to try something different. Growing up in Scotland I am very fond of the outdoors and trail running but aside from messing around on bikes in the woods beside our house I’d really never been ‘Mountain Biking’. I went with my friend Nick Dru, who lent me a bike which I quickly crashed into a cholla cactus after clipping my pedal coming down a popular (very smooth…) trail. A month later my hand remained swollen, numb and I was now dropping things with my left hand. I visited Dr Jed Jones who surgically removed four cactus spines, two of which had been lodged in the nerve. Following surgery, I almost immediately regained feeling in my hand and couldn’t WAIT to get back out on the bike!
I spent the next year doing pretty well at climbing and applied my fitness to MTB and earned my Pro Xterra license for off road triathlon. I also finished my first Ironman in Canada, narrowly missing the podium by one spot, I then chased my habit around the country, running pacer for long distance runners, competing in Xterra in Maui World Champs and putting on a CX event to raise money for Smile Train. However I spent the last 6-8 weeks of 2015 sick with chronic bronchitis. 2016 has been an interesting year filled with extreme highs and lows. Ultimately I have struggled to figure out my direction and passion but that email made everything clear. I am now publicly committing myself to this adventure into Pro XC Mountain Biking, and honestly I couldn’t be more pumped.
I decided to put this blog together to share my journey but also keep myself on track and accountable. Through this journey I hope to share with you all some rad podcasts with rad people, decent product reviews for things I like and find super useful and in essence generally epic banter to keep things real.
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