Every season I have a breakthrough result.
That moment where training and strategy and fitness all collide. It’s the physical manifestation of an “aha! moment”.
Sometimes, it’s more significant than others. But it happens. Every year. The only question is when? Which isn’t to say that every year I become a contender. Or even fast or fit. Breakthrough is all very subjective, and based only on my own fitness and abilities. Last year it came at the Stan Crane Memorial XC race. On Memorial Day. After that race, I was… better. And that lasted throughout most of the summer.
I’m still looking.
Under rocks, around corners, even behind the couch.
The rain and the clouds and the mud are doing their part to keep that result hidden in the fog.
But I’ll keep looking.
It’s there. Fleeting and fleeing. But it is there. Someplace.
Nagging in the back of my head is the fear that 2011 will not bring any of those breakthrough moments. That I will spend all season chasing that which cannot be caught. Of course, there isn’t any way to really know whether or not that will happen. And so… go look. Go chase. Pedal. And then pedal more.
Because, pedaling itself, is a rather enjoyable endeavor.
Now, if only the weather would break long enough for some prolonged, consistent, and high(er) altitude pedaling.
Exit Question: What were some of your breakthrough performances?