Although there always seems to be something to complain about I should not complain how my 2011 riding/racing season went. After all I think I rode more miles in 2011 than I did in 2009 and 2010 combined. I fell 500 miles short of my goal but I did tell myself early in the year I wasn't going to over stress about forcing rides. I did miss a couple races I wanted to do but the races I made it to went very well. Can't complain about 3 races and 3 trips to the podium.
I had planned to use my 10 day winter break off of work to do an endurance block but I got pretty sick so I spent 10 days off the bike. Oh well. The main reasons I am not upset is becuase I am still way ahead of where I was last year at this time and more importantly still on track with where I was in the beginning of 2008. Plus, I didn't have to be at work so I got tons of down time with Sue and the kids even though I wasn't feeling all that great.
2012 is shaping up to be the most promising riding/racing season I have had in 4 years. Although I have loftly goals for myself this year I would still be very happy if at this time next year I am writing and stating that I didn't accomplish anything more than I did in 2011. But Brian and I have had a few talks already and are both very excited to be back in the mix of a race series. Along with chasing points we also have a few races we'd like to attend to put some old demons to rest....unfinished business.
What's most exciting is the idea of being back in the mix with my old foes who are also geat friends. Over the past few years they have helped me keep focus on some day returning back to the starting line and 2011 scratched the surface of what the old days were like. Now it's possible that all four of us maybe back at the line togther and man what a site that will be.