Well, this got me quite the mixed bag of advice :^).
Blaming teh quipment works for now, I'm riding a old mtn bike for 'cross currently.
Ride lots is in the plan, in fact pretty much was the extent of the plan to date.
Ride crits. Hmmm.... I can do that, then go back to the first tip (blame equipment). Loosing some weight would not hurt.
Drink beer, eat too much, race- The most appealing advice, but since I don't care for last place, maybe not the ideal plan.
Thanks for the "help", next season will be better!