I’ve got quite a collection of 3rd place finishes from “big” races.
It all started with Marathon Nationals in 2010:
Then, in 2011, I kept the Bronze collection strong.
Fools Gold 100:
2012 has been the year that I’ve stepped up the mediocrity… starting off with a Master’s World Championship Bronze:
Then, more bronze at Spa City:
…and, to polish it off, a cute little 3rd place quartz from Ouachita:
Yes, being able to podium at a race is something I’m thankful for.
On the other hand, always being on the lowest step is something that is sprouting a deep seeded discontent somewhere in between my liver and my stomach. It had only been a mild annoyance before, but when I heard the latest XXC Podcast with (relatively new) pro endurance racer Jonathan Davis, I really started to feel restless. Among other things, he talked about his dedicated training and recovery routine. I feel like I have a similar desire to dedicate my life to racing a bike much like he has, but I also feel like I’m stuck someplace in between the dream of becoming a professional bike racer and the reality that I can’t quit my day job unless someone magically calls me tomorrow and offers me a pro contract.
I don’t want to sound like I’m discouraged, because I’m not… more like really anxious and a little frustrated with a touch of impatience thrown in. So, this season, I’m hoping/training to get at least another step up… if not see the top at least once at something other than a regional level race. Sure, my goal of “World Domination” might seem a little ambitious at this point, but at least it gives me something to shoot for.