WooooHooo!An extended race report will be up tomorrow, but the race went fantastic! It was my best race of the year. I felt like my season was a series of small steps upwards, and this was the final step up the mountain. Small successes layered on top of each other, with this being the sum product of all those parts. I also need to say that Steve trained me so well for this. This season my training needs were more of the mental kind than the physical kind. Getting myself to the biggest race of the snowshoe season in the mental capacity to not "get in my own way". Steve did a great job helping me with that (lots of talks on our long bike rides together). Physically I feel super strong right now, but not so fast, so EXACTLY where I should be.
I don't want to spoil the race report, but my overall finish was 5th, and the top five men and women are named to the USSSA National Snowshoe Team. In past years the national team has traveled abroad and competed in the Wold Snowshoe Championships, but the word on the street is that this years Worlds has been canceled due to lack of funding. So I'm not sure where that leaves me...but I feel very honored to be a member of the national team.
Thank you so much for all your support and well wishes. I could feel all of your vibes through the entire race. I ran for you all, and I hope I made you proud.
Later today a Mental Monday will be posted, and tomorrow will be the race report.