Torin Tries Cyclocross

Well, I apologize for not putting up a post-GMSR blog. I was still trying to figure out if I had died or not. For those interested, here is the recap I sent out to my team after the ordeal.

After GMSR, I hung up the slick tires and tried this weird event called Cyclocross, which involves throwing skinny mountain bike tires on a road bike and riding it places you probably shouldn't.

It's amazing.


Race Report(s): Concord Crit and Witches Cup

How much time did I spend on I-89 and I-93 last week? A lot.

After spending a night in Ashland, NH last weekend, on Saturday I hopped down a few exits for the 37th Concord Criterium. Looking at the radar, we were expecting the skies to open up and for the course to be a swamp starting at any minute during the run-up, as there was a massive storm rolling through central New England that day.
Artists rendering of Concord Crit Chicane after ~10 minutes of rain.


Race Report: Gran Prix Beverly

Gonna get back into this thing, time for a week-old race report!

Last Wednesday, I traveled south to the Bay State for my second (seventh?) event of the summer, the Gran Prix of Beverly. This was my first city crit since I won Concord last summer, and only my second non-collegiate event of the season, after opening the summer at a race in New Jersey with my new team Sunapee Racing.


On getting back to work and the importance of focus

This fall was a weird one for me.

I was injured or sick for most of running season, and dealing with that just left me drained heading into ski season. While I was still training, I didn't feel like an athlete.

I had come to grips a long time ago that my college experience was abnormal at best, both in academics and athletics. But now, with my college career ending in a mere five months, reality is starting to unwind.

I've been an athlete my entire life, from racing NHARA and BWL races as an Alpine skier, to six years of lacrosse, ski jumping, and now my ninth season of Nordic racing, I am realizing how fortunate I have been to be able to compete for most of my life.

This year marks what may be my last season of competitive Nordic skiing for a while. Graduation is looming, and as fun as it is, the job market has a much stronger pull than running around the northeast chasing snow.

This doesn't mean I'm hanging up my skis for good. Wherever I end up I hope to still be able to ski and continue training, but my days of high stakes weekend racing may be on sabbatical.

Back to this season though.

My end goal for this year is to have a solid place in the top 30 in the EISA by the end of carnival season. Last year I finally broke into the NCAA points, but still a top 30 eluded me. After this fall and early winter, hopefully I can make it happen.

The season starts tomorrow at St. Lawrence.