UPDATE: Max Plaxton – Vermont
As always, the season has been flying by. Aside from a bit of travel fatigue and sickness, my summer has been great and really looking forward to the rest of the race season. I’m currently in Vermont getting ready to race the Pro XCT finals where I’m hoping I can help JB fight for the overall title. After this race, the team and myself will head up to Quebec for one of my favorite races of the year, the Mt St Anne World Cup. I’m stoked ill be able to spend 2-3 days at my families cottage/farm near Montreal before heading up to MSA with Jordi. The farm as we call it is so awesome and really relaxing and the perfect place to rest up after a race and recharge the batteries for the next.
I was disappointed a couple weeks to not win Nationals for 3rd strait year but definitely gracious in defeat. I learned my lesson on a pretty flat Ontario course and racing against the 3 other strongest riders in country on the same team is a tough task, but I’ll be better prepared for next year. My support and equipment was flawless and hopefully next year I can avoid the fatigue and getting sick which always is tough, especially in the lead up to a big race like nationals, next year.
After Vermont, Mt St Anne, I’ll fly home and race the Canada Cup finals in Whistler and then a week at home then off for the big one, the world champs in South Africa. Other years I’ve felt a bit burnt out this time of year and have sometimes struggled at the end of season and Worlds but I can’t remember feeling so fresh and motivated for the next month. I think things often happen for a reason so we’ll see what happens.
Another positive; this time last year, I was getting ready to head over to London for the Olympic Games Mountain Bike event but actually not wanting to get on the plane since I had the knee injury which was preventing me really ride at all for over a month. Making it even harder was the fact that I was keeping it pretty much to myself and those close to me, which I think is one of the hardest situations for an athlete headed to the Olympics. I’ve only been to one game and very glad I went and I feel like I took away a really positive experience, something that I know will help for Rio 2016.
But hey, fast forward a year, my knee is doing awesome, I’ve had some great results this season, I’m part of an awesome team and couldn’t be happier. From thinking about having to hang up the bike to getting my knee operated on with success, there isn’t a ride that goes by that I feel how lucky I am to be riding and racing my bike for a living. Its definitely given me a different outlook on life.
Anyway, back to this year, I’ll send an update after the World Cup next weekend in Quebec, I can’t wait and feeling good.
Ciao for now and thanks for the support,