2015 season – photo wrap up
This year has been very intense for me in terms of balancing my lifestyle between working at Durango Performance Center and traveling the world for bike races. As most of you know, I’m part of the Israeli Olympic team towards 2016 Rio Olympic Games and therefore my race calendar is very travel-intense for UCI races around the globe. Just this year I’ve traveled to so many countries: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Andorra, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Israel/USA of course.
The first half of 2015 started slowly – cold Colorado winter training, busy with a major exercise science research (testing new technology to measure cardiac output while exercising), and health issues that resolved later fortunately. I performed with lots of ups and downs and it wasn’t until the summer that I started feeling confident with some solid fitness. Although I didn’t arrived at my goal fitness for 2015 season, I’m proud to say I was able to keep consistent high performance throughout the second part of 2015 considering all the major travels and non-stop racing. That consistency helped me catch back on some UCI points and will probably be ranked around ~80th in the world in the next UCI ranking update.
The Israeli Olympic campaign is a very specific goal and path I’m currently committed to in full-gas and it’s part of a much larger passion and vision of stepping up my cycling performance to the next level, which I always strive for and dream about.
One thing that helped me deal with the ups and downs of mountain bike racing throughout the years is being conscious and respectful of the difference between mountain biking and bike racing. Most of the pro mountain bike racers started out because of just pure adventure and challenge of riding trails in nature and later came racing, training, sponsors, lots of travel and more training. Modern cross-country Olympic race format is far away from what started out as mountain biking, those are two different animals of the same family. So at some time biking becomes both “work” and “medicine”. It’s important to put each ride on your bike in its right place (as work or medicine) and be careful or at least conscious about mixing them occasionally.
I’m looking forward to a fun break from traveling and racing and also anxious about training for next year already. Here are my favorite photos to wrap up 2015 racing season: