Nice!I dug myself a big hole after Nats last year when I spent three months riding my commuter bike because my race bike frame was broken. I had to take three weeks pretty much off the bike to rest. The new frame didn't fit like the old frame so there was some adjustment. I came out of winter training in decent shape but not anywhere near as good as previous years. We took the team trophy at the spring series and I helped my teammate win the overall. The next weekend after that series was over I was taken out by a Polish national champion who had no business racing on the pointy end of an American criterium and separated my shoulder. I was back on the trainer in a week and did a training race after six weeks, but it was like starting all over again mid-winter. I set my sights on the National Senior Games in July and busted my ass to get into national class shape. My Quarq started going wonky during this period, so coaching was really tough with the numbers all over the place. I won the gold and the bronze with no real form, on pure adrenaline and race craft, then followed it up with a podium the following weekend in NH. After that it was a battle to try and reach some kind of form which really didn't happen.
On one hand, only one win is a disappointment, since I had four wins the past two seasons. On the other hand, to win two national medals in the middle of a disaster is very special to me. I learned a lot about myself.
The one good thing is that the surgery question has been answered, and I have a really nice base to start building on for next year. I am feeling a lot like 2010, the year before I returned to racing. Super motivated. Axe to grind. Want to kick some ass.