We are in the midst of the tough back to back racing week and legs are starting to get heavy. Everyone is still itching for more racing, though, after some great results in the past week. For sure we are all wanting to better our finishing places and trying to prepare ourselves, many in different ways, to do so.
We only have two races left, after Loenhout today, before we all start heading home and preparing for Nationals.
I have been over in Belgium once before for the 15-16 road camp but never for cyclo-cross. So far I have had a great experience spending time with my fellow competitors but also friends. Being in the same house as all these guys is great because we all are going through the same experiences together and can give each other input on how to better ourselves.
Our race in Loenhout today was, for most of us, our fourth race at the camp. One thing I noticed about the course today was that it fit the status quo for all the other Belgian cross races, much tougher and more technical than courses in the U.S.
Overcoming the tough course we had great finishes by Tobin Ortenblad, Curtis White, Drew Dillman and myself, finishing 16th, 15th, 13th, and 7th respectively.
All of the races I have competed in here has shown me how tough and aggressive you have to be to get top finishes over here. Not to mention you need a little luck. Without all the support from the mechanics, Geoff, and the soigneur's none of us could be doing nearly as well as we are right now. I am very glad I got to be here at this camp because not only will it help me in future International 'cross races but it will help in life as I have learned many life skills while at the camp.