The switch flicked!
One of the things I love about my job as a coach is when one of my riders does well! I have been working with Don McKenzie for almost 2 years now. Don has always trained hard and done exactly what I ask of him. He has done well in past races. As a matter of fact, at the recent Lionhearts GP in Mason, OH, Don did FOUR races in one day! And finished consistently in each one! I have done 3 in one day and barley finished the 3rd race!
So a few days after Lionhearts, Don approached me and said, “I finally feel like a bike racer!” That bike racing switch in his head has finally been flicked! Not sure what did it, I think it just happened. Sure, you can dabble in races, show up, pin your number on, do okay and be happy with it. But when your mentality changes and you approach the race with a new perspective, the perspective of “I’m here to RACE and not be pack-fill”, it takes you to a higher level. A level where Don used to be, but isn’t any more.
Good job Don, PROUD of you!