It's 11 pm on a cold January night. As you sit and
stare at the wall you're thinking... What are my
season goals? What races do I want to race?
What races do I want to win? You quickly pop
over to the USA Cycling website and scan the
NRC & NCC race lists. A couple races stand out:
Tulsa Tough, Athens, AirForce, Glencoe, Iron Hill
so you scribble them down. The list quickly
grows and you're excited! Now with a list drawn
up you begin to review the seasons new
budget. Reality sets in when you add the flight
costs, bike fees, rental car, hotel, meals, and
entry fees. Youch. Only 3 races off the list and
your season budget is gone.
The next morning you wake up, questioning
how will I get to these races all over the
country... You check your training plan for the
day, kit up, and step outside to find that it is 40
degrees and raining. With no race motivation
you step back inside and elect to take the day
off. Why should you train in the rain? A week
passes and your bike has seen all of ten
minutes ride time. Bummed out, you
check your email inbox. Hot potato! There is a
link from your training buddy.
Click! Just like that, instant motivation from
your inbox. You're on SRS-RACING.com,
scrolling the toolbar, reviewing venues, the
event schedules; a Downtown Crit and a
County Road Race. This is a series providing a
solution to your woes. Your mind instantly
imagines the team tent celebrations post race
win. You think about how proud your family
will be during podium awards presentations.
Before you get too excited and make the same
mistake you did when reviewing the NCC/NRC
Calendar you check the logistics and cost.
Can it be? Is it to good to be true? You can do
this series, plus throw in that mid season NCC
race on the other coast with ease. You quickly
kit up, grab your bike, and open the door.
The crisp air bites at your face and you can see
a few flurries in the distance. You clip in and
pedal down the road because you will be the
next SRS Champion!