My cyclocross derailleur blew apart today going uphill. I was going pretty good. My other bike, it’s rear wheel was way out of true and getting stuck on the frame. I trued the wheel. Which was a wonderful exercise. But then the wheels axle cassette thing is clunking and it gets stuck. So the wheel won’t turn. I recall about eight years ago I decided to never race. I didn’t want to afford it. And now I remember that. It’s expensive! You either have to have a top of the line bike or replace everything constantly. I should have just stuck with the plan. Just ride and then ride the race like your riding! Take 40th place. Someone has to. It might save your knees in the long run. So now … do I back off and take it easy?