Thank you for your letter. I am sorry that my reply is very belated. I hope you don’t mind that I am sharing it with the CX community. Everyone deserves to read your thank you letter. I wish that CX-MN could take full credit for the CX season but the truth is that it takes the collaboration of many different entities to make the season a go, and my part in it is incredibly small. The real thank you goes out to all of the shops, officials, teams, Endurance Promotions that do all the leg work.
I loved your analogy of CX. It is a lot like life. There are many transitions, challenges, and just when you think you have everything dialed down you run into a big pit of sand. I hope you keep this wise perspective of life as you grow up and that you keep learning from all the transitions and challenges that face you. Life is a never ending journey so keep your head up, watch where you are going, and if you do fall remember that this is really a lot of fun.
Everyone has a little different advice on how to prepare for CX. My humble opinion is that the best preparation comes from playing and having fun on your bike. There is all the time in the world to train, but the skills you gain from riding your bike, going on adventures and playing around will make a huge difference in CX. Skills are speed and skills are fun. My advice is to ride your bike often, smile a lot and have an awesome time.
In that vain of thought CX-MN would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and for reaching out. We have arranged for you and a friend to have a private bike skills lesson with The Fix Studio. We have set everything up so that all you have to do is have your parents set the time up. Keep up the great work, we are going to be watching your results and cheering you one. Smile and have fun out there.