This short promo video done a couple of days before Xterra Worlds sums it up pretty well. Please excuse the first 30secs. They told me they weren't recording yet and I was joking around doing all the things I shouldn't do during the video :0 If you can lip read there are a good couple f-bombs in there!!
I think Nils pretty much summed up how the day was going to go in this photo!!!
|Setting up transition|
I got on my bike with the two leaders, Mari Rabie and Barbara Rivera, and tried to get my head in gear. I knew at this point that there was no way that I could run, but I could have a great bike and since I didn't race Worlds in 2011 this was my chance to get a race pace effort on the course if for nothing else than to be better prepared for next year. Not sure I accomplished that goal very well, but I did get through it and called it a day in T2.
|Big and Lil Fish|
|the 'Girls' tailgating pre-Halloween Party!!|
Last but definitely not least, I'd like to wrap it up with a huge thank you to my sponsors who supported me through everything: Sean and Champsys for the amazing (and incredibly stylish) racesuits and training gear, Native Eyewear for my great glasses, Maxxis for the best tires out there, Nineteen and their awesome wetsuits, Extreme Endurance, Honeystinger, and Zipfizz for their wonderful products that kept me hydrated, fueled, recovered, strong and healthy. Also big thanks to my coach Gareth Thomas for guiding me through the tough times and putting up with not a lot of good news coming in on the training logs!!
Throughout this year the reputed Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" has often popped into my head. Here's hoping for a much less interesting 2013!!!