Monday, July 13, 2015

On The Road Again (Kinda)

First time on the course = squealing/giggling/massive smiles for days.

After all of 1.5 days at home it was time to hit the road again, but this time it was just a 5 hour drive North East to Mammoth Lakes, CA for XC MTB Nationals!!! The plan was to head up early to not lose the benefits of all the time I spent in CO at altitude (the nationals course is all between 7-8 thousand feet), camp for a few nights, pre-ride the crap out of the course and explore Mammy a little. 

Saturday we hit the race course and had some fun following fellow RideBikerAlli racer Spencer down the sketchy, loose, super fun descents that will make the race interesting to say the least! There was quite a bit of screaming, crashing and squealing on my part, lets hope I have as much fun during the race! I also crashed pretty hard trying to wipe snot off my glove on a tree... going up hill... so yeah, that happened! Post bike riding we found some incredibly pretty lakes! I had no idea that Mammoth had both XC trails AND super pretty lakes!

Leftover burrito picnic lunch (last nights dinner in a warm tortilla purchased from a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant) at a pretty lake!

Pretty lake #1

Pretty waterfall #1

On Sunday I had a bit of work to do on the road, and then we explored some hot springs near our rad camping spot in the middle of nowhere.

Stoked to do good work with incredible views!

See what I mean about the awesome views!?!

Mammoth is really good at rocks! SO many pretty rocks everywhere!
Hot springs at Hot Creek Hatchery. This place is super pretty and may have been where bathing took place...
View from the campsite. Waking up to this doesn't suck!
And today (Monday) there were hill repeats and the best bagel sandwich of my life in the morning, and napping is on tap for the afternoon. Nailing two workouts in a row + relaxing and exploring the pretty sights = living the life :)

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