First of all, let's talk about the amature races. From little kids to old men, there were thousands of amateurs braving the gnar of Shotgun trail to pre-ride and race the Nationals XC. I got to see and encourage some of them while pre-riding, others I got to cheer for during their races, and they reminded me of the sheer joy that is mountain biking. Seeing the adorable, nervous, excited faces of the 8-9 year olds, and the sense of accomplishment of the older amateurs helped put the fire in my belly to ride hard be brave :) I especially loved hearing one of the 8 year old boys turn around and yell good luck to an 8 year old girl in the wave behind him at the starting line of his race, so so cute!
|Got to do a lot of spectating with races on Thursday and Friday (mine was Sat)!|
The food, this is a huge motivator for me :) We had the most amazing pita and lamb meat balls one night, tried Elk for the first time another night, and ate pretty much the best sushi ever on Wednesday night. After our interval workouts (well any ride really) I looked forward to the most amazing bagel sandwich of my life from Stellar Brew. Then I branched out and had the best rice, kale, carrots and beets bowl of food in my life, from the SAME PLACE!!! On Sunday am, as a reward for racing hard the day before, we got to eat Schat's Bakery... swoon. I love nothing more than a good bakery. When we first arrived in Mammy I was worried the food scene was going to be disappointing, I was very wrong!
|I am drooling just looking at this. Seriously, pesto, cream cheese, a runny egg, spinach and a tomato... oh man!|
|I spent the whole week with this crazy kid who thinks a hardtail on DH trails is totally acceptable! I guess when you can ride like a boss you don't really NEED all that suspension :)|
|Got to see Deckerator a few times, including while he kicked ass in the XC race! Fast dudes are my favorite!|
|Rode with this fool as well. He survived 3 hours of Daniel and I dragging him across and down the mountain on Sunday!|