1. Learning to sprint!
Sprinting for me typically happens in slow motion. I train with a team full of sprinters, which at times makes my slow-twitch muscles painfully obvious. However, it also provides ample opportunities to chase them around and try to figure out how to get my legs and arm moving beyond glacial pace. Needless to say I was really exceed to not only qualify for the quarterfinal heats this past weekend (top 30) but actually move on in the heats all the way to the A Final! It was by far the best sprint I have ever had and I owe a ton of that to my teamies. I qualified 6th and for the first time ever made the semi-finals (top 12) and A final (top 6) finishing the day in 4th place! I also realized that sprinting is A LOT more fun when you get to race more than once so I think I will try and do that more often :)
|SuperTour Sprint Podium! (photo: Becca Rorabaugh)|
|Throwback Thursday: Old-School photo of me (on the left), Kate Dolan (center) and Tanner Wiegand from the Rendezvous race in West Yellowstone. Come a long way since then but fun to look back!|
2. Lucky Charms might just be the best cereal ever made
On Tuesday I turned the big 2-4 and I think it goes up there on the list of best birthdays. For one, I am now the same age as the number of hour in a day. And second, I got a box of Lucky Charms (thanks Annie). Some people like Cocoa Puffs and others grew up on Cinnamon Toast Crunch but Lucky Charms has always been my "treat" cereal and I had almost forgotten why until I dug my spoon into that first bowl. They now have THREE types of colored rainbows to go along with the other sugary tasty goodness that fills your bowl. Thats said I think the moons and hearts are still my favorite.
|Its just soooo good!|
I also received a lot of birthday wishes out on the trails and from family and friends not to mention some really nice gifts in pretty packages :) On top of that we got to do some hard birthday intervals. The snow and skiing has been incredible this year in West and I couldn't have wished for anything better. Thanks to everyone for all the birthday love :)
|My Mom's famous Mississippi Mud Cake courtesy of my friend Kate!|
|Special visit from my friend Anya and sister Natalie (and some dogs they adopted for the perfect photo op)|
3. Hydrating is now classy thanks to Toko's ingenious lid caps.
|Toasting with our new drink belts|
4. Cactus is edible and available in the West Yellowstone Super Market for your cooking and experimenting pleasure
|Send the boys for squash and they come back with cactus….|
5. What's Next? Bozeman SuperTour races this weekend. Classic Sprint and Classic Mass Start 10km. It's gonna be a cold one but hopefully the temperature warms enough to host both races at Bohart this weekend. For the time being the whole team is staying at my house which has been really fun. Thanks Dad and Melissa for hosting!
|The dogs love their new buddy, Gus|
|Goodbye West Yellowstone|