Emily & I hamming it up prior to call ups in short track, the 20 minutes of pain!
RACE DAY #2: All about Tim and my Short Track: Sunday, July 29th
I love having Tim at the races, but I don't really like his start times. And he had 3 races today. An unprecedented event! Cross Country at 8:30, Short Track at 1, and Super D at 4:30. It was going to be a long day. I had Short Track at 3:00, but my day started at 5:45 when I selflessly woke up and made Tim (& his buddy Rich) some french toast and coffee. Once my job was done, I tried to go back to sleep and would attempt to get to the race just before the first lap was over. With little success of sleep, I left the house at 8 and just missed his start. I headed to the feed zone and waited for Tim to come through. He was doing great and had a great race, finishing 2nd behind his buddy Rich. Then the podium was at 11, so no nap. I was the photographer. Then I had to watch his short track. It was exciting. Only the 3rd national stx this year, he had a great call up and it was 'open men', which meant all ages. From 15-65. Tim ended up 6th, which was pretty awesome just a few hours after his XC race. Then it was my turn. I readied myself, got in the zone and tried to turn out a great result, but for some reason it just didn't go that way. It wasn't my best race, it hurt a lot, I felt like puking afterwards and I ended up 24th. Hmmmm? Perhaps one does need sleep prior to racing. But there was still Tim's super D. Would this day ever end? It did and Tim got 6th in Super D and some excellent war wounds. But it was time to celebrate, so stinky and dirty, we headed back to Boone, met up with others at the Black Cat and had burritos and beer. A great way to end the weekend.
Cass, Tim and I after a really long day!!! Always having fun.
Race afterthoughts: Initially I was really disappointed in myself, because I didn't do as well as I had wanted to. But I have to realize that some weekends you have it and some you don't. This didn't turn out to be the weekend that I was feeling the best, or maybe lack of sleep played into it. I really don't know. But, I did have fun and always enjoy spending time in new places with new people. I can't say STX was really 'fun', but it is over. And I get to look forward to the next race and try again. The season is winding down. I can hardly believe it is almost August and in less than 2 weeks I will have completed my first season as a pro. Time really does fly when you are having fun.