|2014 National Champions!|
I will begin by saying how proud I am of my team and our coaches, Dave Sheanin and Brad Seng for pulling out the win this year at the USAT Collegiate National Championships. It is incredible how Coach Dave was able to put this team back together and lead us to our 15th national title. It was a year of uncertainty for the team, as Dave would consistently remind us that "champions adapt."
|Bryn and I onto the bike!|
|keeping the breakfast down!|
I recovered hard and went into the olympic distance race feeling good, but once the race started I could definitely feel that my body was not as strong as I had hoped it to be...
I remember writing my race report for Collegiate Nationals last year, and it being very different from this one as it was only my 3rd olympic distance race and I was such a newbie, eager to learn more about the sport, thrilled just to cross the finish line. I write my report this year, having a little more experience under my belt. I finished 69th overall last year and improved to 38th place this year, dropping 9 minutes off my overall time, and although this is a drastic improvement, I felt disappointed in my results...
What I realize from this is that sometimes my perspective can be skewed, and being the perfectionist I am, I truly believed that with 7 weeks of "perfect" training I could have the race of my life. The truth is, it doesn't work like that in sports. Looking back, I was trying to squeeze an entire winter's worth of training into a 7 week period and thats a lot for the body and mind to handle, no matter who you are. I was simply being too hard on myself, exhausting myself mentally and physically. If one were to look at it scientifically or from a coaching standpoint, I did great relative to the amount of training I put forth in preparing for this event! A 9 minute improvement is unheard of!
|Great to have my Papa come support me!|
I will not lie to say that I have not ruminated about all that I should've done differently, but I will also note that I am not one to give up. I have never given up, and I do learn from my mistakes. I will not make the same mistakes I made last winter again.
|Race with heart|
What I have taken away from this is that I do have the ability to race back to back relatively strong, and that my body has finally built itself up so that I can start to train consistently for the first time since I started this sport almost two years ago. Consistency breeds confidence, and this confidence will be critical leading into some bigger events I have planned for the summer. Instead of looking back and analyzing all that went wrong, I choose to look ahead optimistically at the yellow lines on the road of opportunity before me; as I will furiously pedal alongside the sunflowers that line the road, speaking to me "you can do it."