I will be the first to admit that right now my living situation is less then ideal. Trying to pack for a race when all my gear is packed away was a little challenging. I will be the first to admit that packing did not go well and stressed me out. For the first time EVER I forgot something for a race. I didn't bring jerseys :-)
1. I should train on my SS before racing it 100 miles
2. I should race my SS in the SS division
3. I LOVE my SS
The biggest thing that I learned actually came from my friend Sonya Looney! She flew into town for a few days to race the Lumberjack 100 and also did a clinic at the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company. I'm so ready for the Dirty Kanza next year because now I know how to correctly carry my bike during hike-a-bike situations!
Most of us have been in this sort of situation and we all know how much it sucks. It's part of being an athlete but there is no denying the disappointment that comes with getting hurt and not being able to compete in something you have been training for. Instead of pouting or being grumpy Sonya still went to the Lumberjack race and cheered us all on and helped do support for all of us. She is an amazing ambassador of the sport and I really am happy that I was able to get to know her better. Hopefully she can come back next year...not only does she have to race the L100 but we only scratched the surface of local breweries!
Now it's time to chill out for a while! I have done zero help around the house and I promised Scott some major painting time. Plus there's these 3....they need some extra hiking/cuddle time!