Looking Back at Ohhh Six!
2006…you were a good year.
In every aspect of my life, 2006 treated me well. On the bike, or off, it was a year of growth and success. There were good times, and not so good times, and everything in between, but on the whole, a steady cadence was spun up a long rewarding climb. And now, as it comes time to look back, I do so with an excitement about what 2007 holds in store.
If one thing stands out above everything else, it is the people I got to meet, ride, and race with. Many people who were simply internet personalities became living breathing acquaintances, who, after not a very long time became genuine friends.
I think in nearly every event I raced in somebody would mention this blog, or cheer for me by name as I rode through an aid station or checkpoint. That meant a lot to me. It does wonders to hear friendly voices out on the course. As much as I love racing just for the sake of competition, it is the people that make these events so memorable.
I can’t talk about 2006 and not mention a friend I only knew for a few minutes. On March 25th 8 of us set out on what promised to be a great day in the saddle. Instead it turned into a nightmare. Bill Corliss died that day. Not a day has passed that I don’t think about that accident. I will admit…I don’t ride my road bike as often these days. I like to blame it on a new love for the local trails, but I know that is only part of the reason.
However, each ride and each race took on extra meaning for me. I raced in honor of a friend I never got a chance to know, I raced knowing that life can go, as quickly as it comes. I savored each sunny day, each single track switchback, each day with my wife and kids…a little bit more.
As 2006 prepares to become a part of history, I am excited about the potential that 2007 has. New races, rides and people all await to be discovered.
So, here’s to a happy new year, and one filled with long rides, tailwinds, and good people. Keep the wheels down, and your head up!
JasonDecember 31, 2006
Cheers! Happy New Year Adam.
Hope our paths cross this season.