Thank you for this response, @johnfoss !,
I (possibly) feel similar to @Sexy , as I don’t think my skills warrant competition in any way. (That being the case, @Sexy can likely compete in many events, especially if there is a “unipacking” event).
However years ago, I decided to lose weight by running, and ultimately entered a few 5k races. In my first, I knew I wasn’t going to win anything, and just wanted to finish. As I pushed my 3 year old son in a running stroller, seeing him lean forward and say, “Pass her, daddy! Pass her!” gave a completely new perspective on competition. I had run my “race”, and my son had “expectations” of dad, that I apparently met. To add a little time-frame context, the swag bag contained these neat little packets of tasty electrolyte granules that were perfectly portioned to pour into a pint-sized water bottle. He and I got to try it together, with each of us having a “Wow!” experience. I was amazed at the convenience and he was very much underwhelmed by the taste.
Fast-forward 8 years, and he and I entered our first 5k race in which he beat me, and he beat me badly. When he finished, I was still one mile from the finish line, at his pace. And, that was after he ran with me at MY pace for the first mile. Somewhere around mile marker #1, he turned around, said “Bye, dad”, and was GONE. Then, he was upset that he didn’t win the 11-14yr class. (Apparently, he would have won it if he hadn’t paced me for the first mile, but he never said that.). All that being said, I was never a “competitor”, but by entering the races I have, I have some wonderful memories and experiences that I never would have, otherwise.
For the upcoming Unicon, I plan to attend as much of it as I can, and plan to enter as many events as I can, as long as it isn’t stupid for me to do so. For example, I will not enter any Trials or Flatland events, but will attend as many as I can, and will be open to any advice or encouragement that I can find, within reason for this (older) rider. I skated (skateboarded) in high school, and the Trials/Street/Flatland aspect interests me, if only as a spectator.
I also plan to volunteer as I can, while meeting as many of you as possible.