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Cyclocross

Making a bucket list was the inspiration for starting this blog.  A lot of the goals on our lists are not things that can be done anytime soon.  Either they would cost too much money, involve too much time off of work, or can't be done with kiddos.  So, after we finished our lists, I wanted to see what was there that could be done now–to get the bucket list ball rolling!  On Nick's list was "Compete in a cyclocross race."  Nick has always had a passion for road cycling but we've both let kids (1 kid), jobs, and daily to-do's and stresses dampen our fitness and health goals.  We have all the things Nick (and I) need to hit wheels to the road: bikes, shoes, helmets, trailer for Ethan, and lots of spandex.  We talked about how the only way to change or daily lives to fit our priorities is to change our daily lives to fit our priorities.  Enlightening, I know–but it really is that simple when you break it all down.  Cyclocross is part road cycling and part mountain biking.  It requires good bike-handling skills (which Nick has), the races are in the fall/winter season (which is now), there is a series held at Woodward Park (no traveling required), and the races are on Sundays (when we're both off work).  Perfect circumstances.  So this was the 1st bucket list item we would set our sights on!  So Nick started riding and training, we both started eating healthy to offset the physical punishment of spandex, and on Halloween, Nick crossed off the first item on his list.   IMG_4101 We got to the park and Nick set up his bike and signed in to get his race numbers.
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 IMG_4102Ethan was the cutest fan there.
IMG_4182Emily made us all some awesome signs to help cheer Nick on.
IMG_4112The cheer squad was in full force.  
IMG_4111We had some Halloween fun while we waited for the race to start. 
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IMG_4136Nick (far left) at the starting line. 
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IMG_4155Coming up to the barriers. 
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IMG_4181Remounting after the barriers.  This is a hot-spot for crashes but Nick made it through them smoothly each time.
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He finished strong and we all had so much fun cheering him on.  It's not everyday that you can put check-marks on your bucket list.  I was so proud of him!  Is there anything on your list that you could start working towards today?

heatherabetner@yahoo.com - So awesome! So proud of Nick and how great he did! Super fun times and whoop whoop to crossing one off the bucket list!! :)

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