The more and more I get into cyclocross the more I appreciate that it revolves similar to football.
American Football. I for one, love it. I grew up in the 80's a Steelars fan (who wasn't?) and today I love the Colts (who doesn't?). I've always loved (or hated) the Irish and I am hoping the Golden Dome has some luck of the Irish this year for a change. Although I love the roots of college ball, I do enjoy the NFL and I feel pretty lucky to be watching the Peyton Manning legacy play out. He plays smart and I love that, I love combining smarts with athletic talent. Maybe that's why I love cyclocross. Although you got to be able to pull the power, you also need to be able to pick lines and equipment that will give you a slight advantage.
The months leading up to August for football involve lots of personal efforts in the winter and spring, mini training camps; most if them are voluntary, just like cyclocross. In cross, you can choose to put in the boring core workouts or you can not. Its fun to play in the big lights on Sunday night, but its not as cool doing endless workouts in a gym, but those workouts pay off in the end. Right now, mandatory team camps are getting ready to take place for the football teams. Some of the guys are "stalling" with contract agreements and other distractions. Although I don't deal with those things, its time to decide weather my own personal training camps are mandatory and how much I plan on committing to the weekly cross workouts. While cx for the average Joe seems like a long way away, just as football fans think; now is actually the time to make all the details come together that will make a successful cx debut. My camps are mandatory!