Lesson 1: Feelings vs. Reality
by: Kristabel Doebel-Hickok
I’ve begun my off-season from what felt like two seasons. The first was the races that I did with the women’s SPY GIANT RIDE team that Michael Marckx, CEO of SPY, so generously worked with me to form and nurture. It started on January 26 with a win at Poor College Kids RR and ended with another win at Devil’s Punchbowl RR on May 11. What felt like the second season began in mid-May when I joined Team TIBCO, and it ended with the Brentwood Grand Prix on August 4. How quickly I made such a big jump, from racing regionally on a club team my first season to racing nationally with the winners of the overall NRC Best Team my second season, make the lessons I learned quite vivid. I know, and never forget, that there are many talents out there that are striving to reach a higher level and might like a glimpse into the experience I had as a neo-pro. So, one by one, I’ll share some of what I’ve come to realize having made the transition.