I've been going back and forth between Xterra, MTB and even road triathlon's of all things. I still can't decide which type of racing I'll wind up doing for the remainder of the season.
When I look at the travel required for chasing Xterra points, however, it's clear that series is beyond my financial capabilities. Some examples.
Distances are all one way!
Xterra Del Valle: 455 miles
Xterra Deuces Wild: 539 miles
Xterra MTN Champs: 968 miles
Xterra Tahoe City: 608 miles
Xterra Incline Village: 541 miles
Xterra USA Champs: 783 miles
I might be able to make Tahoe City and Incline Village since my brother lives in Auburn, CA (NE of Sacramento) and I can stay with him or use his house as a staging point. The problem is he's about 3 hours from Tahoe, where the two races are. That's a rough drive race morning, but I might just have to suck it up and deal with it if I want to compete in any more Xterra races.
Honestly, I don't think I can stick to "just MTB"; I'm a lifeguard by trade and I need to keep swimming and running so I can make rescues. I'd be seriously bummed if someone drowned because I was out of "swim shape".
So I'm kinda training just to train. With no races on my calendar, finding the motivation for training is getting progressively more difficult.
In the meantime, TCSD has some Club races coming up that I'll crash for my racing fix and I'm sure to bomb some of the Rim Nordic or Racers and Chasers races, but chasing Xterra World or National qualifications is out the window this season. Bummer.