Wednesday, June 29, 2016

World Championships Diary: Days 1-2 (travel days)

As you all already know from the non-stop social media barrage of Czech Republic posts, I AM IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC FOR XCO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Yeah, it really is that exciting, because this is such a crazy big, out of control, exciting, unbelievable dream that I am actually living right here in real life, like I pinch myslef and I don't even wake up! It's real!!!!!

Anyway, I'm so pumped. Here's a little details about World Champs Week, days 1-3.

Day 1: We woke up at 3:45am in Pheonix to drive to the airport for my 6am flight. Got checked in, through security, all is well by 7am. BUUUUUUTTTTT the plane was broken so they delayed the flight, they say till 10am, but also say it's kinda indefinately. I get stressed, change flights... try to calm down. Then I overhear the announcment that my origional flight is boarding so I booked it back over, plea to be put back on the flight and next thing you know I have 3 seats to myself for the Pheonix to JFK leg.

The rest of the travel was completely smooth/uneventful/pleasant, and my bike even arrived in Prague with my flight, so already I'm feeling like a winner!

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While on the ground here I'm super stoked to have support from USA Cycling (like unbelievably grateful and excited). They fetched me from the airport in Prague, filled me with coffee and then we were off to Nove Mesto. The drive was incredibly pretty on crazy narrow freeways where the trucks and the cars barely fit! We hit two traffic jams, and saw beautiful country side dotted with adorable villages and gorgeous churches.

Seriously, so close. Soooo so close!
When we arrived at the hotel (hotel romantika) the owner made us the most delicious crepes covered in a bizzarre amount of whipped cream and berries. I pretty much felt like I had died and gone to heaven!

And then I built my bike and spun my travel legs out on the most beautiful, bucolic countryside since Switzerland :)

And through villages with picturesque ponds!


And then I dove into the forest to find trolls and gnomes and singletrack! Sadly I found none, but there were a ton of mushrooms which was pretty cool!


And then I went to bed so freaking exhausted from 48 hours of travel and whatnot. It was glorious. 

First imression of the course and day 3 recap coming soon, now to dinner and the opening ceremonies!


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