As a team we had such a fun year there was only one way to write a blog to summarize it, everyone on the team answered this question:
"What is your favorite mtb moment of 2015, give a highlight from this year, whether it was a race, a get together, training ride, or really funny conversation."
For me in general I have loved the comradery and team spirit that KSD has. From being welcomed back with the skirt of shame at Tuskarzor (is that how you spell it) to my first ride at Mohican where nobody complained about my ridiculously slow pace and although i know he didn't want to do the last section, Kenny was ready to do it if I wanted to finish the lap, to wrapping up the year with the team race at the knob yesterday, just having fun on bikes with like minded individuals, that's what it's all about.
Also the annual Todd Davis Ride and Pool Party! That was a great time!!! There was so much sausage! LOL
The get together we had had Pisgah mancation was my most memorable moment of 2015 .
Stats for our weekend in Pisgah as a group:
Bee stings: 21
Rattle snake spotting: 1
Creek crossings: 13
Trails traveled probably the wrong way:4
Pissed off hikers (not at us): 2
Broken bottle cage (ripped out of frame):1
Seat accessories broke:2
Water bottles lost:2
Flat tires: 3
Screaming fits: 7
Now to begin the soul searching of what I want to do in 2016
Competing in the Tuscazoar Twain Reign of Pain with Mike was was great. So amazing that we can do this sport together. The weather was crappy but it was an amazing event with the KSD crew, and yes I went out for a final lap even though I knew it would not count. I may not be fast but I had a personal goal to achieve that day #dontgetinmyway
I have a few - the first was getting my Snake Creek TT belt buckle!! The first race of the year - January 3, 2015 - Shep finishing with me ... and around every bend while walking the rock gardens he told me - we're almost there, i promise...haha he was wrong most of the time, but he got me through it!!
Another moment was at the VK Team Challenge- I was riding with a busted up knee, dented helmet, what I now know is a bruised up shoulder, and was exhausted - and then, on my final lap of the short track, I look back and Paul is there riding beside me, heckling/encouraging me to the line. Yeah, that pretty much sums up why I love this team. That, and we're a juvenile bunch of sob's that ride bikes in the woods and have dick jokes on our jersey.
My favorite moment was crossing the finish line at the first Snake Gap TT with Corianne, we rode the last ten miles together, and that feeling of finishing is indescribable...especially in those nasty conditions, and man the Team Challenge was the most fun I had this year on my bike. Thanks for letting me be the "anchor" of the team haha
Putting the puzzle pieces together has been the theme for this year and stepping up on that podium at the team race was a big piece. Now I can enter the off-season with a lot of motivation to keep building on my gains and get ready for next year. And maybe, just maybe, buzz a few tires of my own.