Hey guys! I hope you’re all as ready and excited for the first gate drop of the season coming up shortly as I am. With Round 1 just around the corner, I figured it would be a good time to update you on what I’ve been up to the last few months.
The season preparation really started for me about a month ago because I was too busy with school to really do anything before that. We made plans to go to Florida a few times during the winter, but it always fell through. So I just waited until the semester finished and started the pre-season grind! I was planning on doing that in the Quebec area, but just a few days after the end of my semester, Alex Parker reached out and suggested that I come out East to train with the team, so I packed up all my things and 20 mins later I was on the road to Nova Scotia.
This past month has been full of fun experiences and challenges that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’d heard many things about TDags (Tyler Medaglia)’s training program before I went to the East Coast, but it was still much gnarlier than I expected. From riding woods to sand pits and beat-up tracks, I got to practice new stuff that really taught me a lot about my bike skills and feeling comfortable on an uncomfortable track. I must admit, though, living that close to so many great bakeries might have been the hardest challenge of them all… I’m exaggerating, but it was still tough to resist!
Overall, it was a great experience, and I enjoyed my time training and having a blast with many amazing East Coast people. We were even joined by our American friend, Mitchell Harrison, for the last week or so, which means we got to ride all together and bond as a team before the season, which was super cool.
I’m currently on my way home now, so it’s fun to look back on the past few weeks and see the progress I made and how my mindset has changed. Although it was a bit atypical for me to ride a bit fewer actual MX tracks, I realize how much I’ve learned to become one with my bike during that time, and it makes me really excited to see how that translates into racing. I hope that everything I’ve worked on during this month gives me the edge I need to face the big racing season ahead of me.
With two past US competitors coming back to race in Canada, one on each coast, I know I’ll have to be on my A-game at every single race. But I’m ready to give it my best shot, and I believe it will only make the WMX class in Canada that much more legit! The racing was outstanding last season, and people really enjoyed watching Jamie and I battle, so I hope we can give them a nice show again this summer. In general, I’m very eager and excited about this summer; I think it will be a great one. I think our team showed promise last year, and with the upgraded setup this year, I can’t wait to see how much we can accomplish now.
Anyway, I guess the whole point of this column today is to say that I’m ready to get on the gas and rip it up across Canada with all my friends and fellow racers! It’s going to be a great one.
See you at the gate Saturday!