Nationals is always a crap shoot. We train from May/June all for the big goal on January. Along the way you dodge sickness, build form, avoid mechanicals & a host of other problems that arise... Coming into this weekend I was in good shape. My legs felt good. I was confident in my bike driving. And I felt like the practice I put in all year readied me for the race this weekend. Nationals is JUST another race but it's also THE race people look at the most.
After competing in my first Elite National Championships in Asheville last January, I left North Carolina with the singular goal of making it back to “the Big Dance”. Now I was looking forward to bettering myself against some of the nation’s best ‘crossers!
I had already spent most of the week reading, listening and watching any information about the course at the Biltmore Estate. The one thing that I could be sure of was that it would be the most challenging race of the season.