Highlights from the weekend included:
|I'm pointing at is my fire road to get up and over Saddleback|
|Down there is the maze of freeways Google maps wanted me to take... screw that|
|Happiest girl EVER right there.|
So I got to the race in 3.5 hours, did a lap with the kids, and right when I thought I would faint breakfast burrito man shows up WITH ORANGE JUICE AND A BURRITO! What a day! I cannot express the surprise, joy, and gratitude I feel for this generous human. He didn't even know who I am (I had thought he knew I was Larissa, you know, because who else would be RIDING to a high school mtb race from home?! )
|Brady's secret to success: licorice and jelly sandwich.|
NICA races are like a family reunion. I also got to spend quality with with Roger, my homie who also happens to hook a sister up with the best rubber in the buisness, and Nikki (two weekends in a row!) who was so thoughtful and brought coffee and an amazing scone! It was seriously like my birthday, how did I get so lucky to have such great friends and strangers in my life!
|Sometimes I just get into people's cars in parking lots, not to go anywhere...|
|Thanks for the snacks Nikki!!!!!|
|Pre-race team pow wow. These kids are a great combo of hilarious and hard working/rad. It's so much fun to watch them grow, learn, challenge themselves and have a great time along the way!|
Coaching can be challenging because I'm always torn between giving the kids a heavy workload with challenging workouts vs just having fun on bikes and learning skills/gaining strength through riding. I think coach Mike and I have struck a pretty good balance this year, and it was fun to see the hard work pay off. I love how these kids aren't crazy stupid serious, they still have fun, but are willing to push themselves/ get out of their comfort zones when they train and race.
|The girlies of the team!|
And Sunday the three high schoolers raced! Freshman charger Brandon won his first race of the season by using the most amazing combination of strength and strategy in the windiest race of the weekend, making it 4 podium finishes for Laguna!!! Dylan and Tasha did great in their challenging races as well, making it another fun day of spectating, coaching, and cheering my lungs out.
And that's a wrap, race #1 is in the books, and now we are onto preparing for Victory at Vail, the second NICA race of the year! Gonna make the kiddos work hard tomorrow!!!