Motivation can come from many sources. Lately for me I have been really motivated to train for the 2013 season. That is a big turn around from this time last year when I was really thinking of hanging up my bikes, grabbing the remote and start working on wearing out that new couch Carolynn bought us.
Kenda Kommando tires tubeless with a 29er Crank Brothers Cobalt wheelset. The mostly dirt course had lots of rocks coming up and plenty of places to get a flat - Just ask Mr Tilford about that. My "poor mans" cross bike setup was working well. Sure it is an old mountain bike, but 700cc cross tires fit fine and makes for a fun bike to ride/race.