part of the email i received from the guys/gals over at usa cycling:
Dear Ernesto Marenchin,
The following request to change your INTL category has been approved and processed by USA Cycling:
Member: Ernesto Marenchin
License: INTL XC
Regarding: Request to change category from Semipro to Pro
Request was approved on 2005-09-21 17:58 by Kelli L.
Thank you for supporting USA Cycling.
--USA Cycling Support
yep, no longer a semi-pro. really doesn't make too much difference as i have been racing against pro's in mountain bike races since my first race about 10 years back.
so, with that, i leave these words of wisdom that i think about a lot and i have probably repeated a hundred times to myself:
the second you stop believing in yourself, you have failed. NEVER doubt yourself.
seriously, to think back a few years ago when i started all of this, all i wanted to do was to win one 24 hour race and somehow get a semi-pro upgrade.
so whether it's turning pro, learning another language, finding another job, etc - NEVER DOUBT YOURSELF.
so dream big.