My blog is back! I'm not sure why the season ends and I drop off the face of the earth for a few months. I guess I fully embrace my off season and find it healthy to have a few very unstructured months.
I spent the winter focused on snowshoe racing. Nine years ago when I did my first snowshoe race I swore I would never do another one because it was so demanding physically and mentally. And, not surprisingly, I am now in love with the challenge and fun that comes from snowshoe racing. I am a glutton for challenges! Despite having two nasty colds this Winter I've had some great snowshoe results including winning the USA National Snowshoe Championships this past Saturday in Frisco, CO. To say I was surprised to win this title is an understatement after battling a nasty cough for two weeks. Right before the gun went off I decided that my strategy was to lead from the start and see what happened. I got in front and didn't look back. I kept thinking that all the really strong trail and ultra runners would start to catch me. The course was two 5K laps on a very open course allowing you to see where other people were the entire race. On the second lap I was overjoyed when I realized I was actually putting time on the field. I maintained my lead and was able to cross the line with arms raised as the 2012 National Champion. It was great to be racing with so many of my Atlas teammates from all over...we are a force to be reckoned with!
Some pictures from the day and other races this year:
Leading Nationals race from the gun
Second Lap looking strong. Yes those yellow tights are bold!
1st Place at Teva Games Snowshoe race
2nd Place at Beaver Creek #2 Snowshoe Race
1st Place Colorado State Championship (yes I know I'm standing in the 2nd place spot)