What an incredible feeling…the nerves are starting to show, you’re getting sweaty balms just reading this. Ahhh, yes…the final preparations are beginning. Some of you have probably already started backing your bags, even though you’ll have to wear that kit between now and then, and have to repack seven different times between now and take off. It’s an incredible feeling, to know you put in 100%, and you’re going to get back out what you’ve put in. It’s race time. This is what you’ve prepared for…
Now, some of you are preparing for worlds at the end of the year, and nationals is just a stepping stone towards that goal. While we don’t expect perfect results, your performance is still necessary to see where you are, what we need to improve on, and to race when you’re not at your best, to prepare you for what’s to come in the future. This doesn’t mean nationals isn’t as equally important to you as it is for the person who’s been planning their season around this – your goals and aspirations are equal to anyone else.
But for those of you who built your foundation over those grueling winter months, who stayed true to the path with no variation, and those who are finally installing the molding on the windows, paint on the walls, and light fixtures about the kitchen sink…the time has come, we’re 24 days away, rest is here, and there’s a BBQ to welcome you to PA. Andy and I are excited to have you all here, show you a little of our TTown home, and help you celebrate with some podiums, jerseys, and memories.
You’re ready, ladies and gentlemen. T-minus 24 days!
– Coach Missy