The lead-up to the Criterium was actually a little hectic for me, between school visits, packing up my childhood bedroom, talking to local TV station, and getting in a couple good training rides the days filled up fast. Mostly though, I just got a little too nervous and emotional as I left my childhood home. It’s sort of all fine until you realize you’re leaving and then it’s oh wow, it’s actually happening. The day of the crit I think my heart rate was through the roof just sitting on the couch trying to calm the nervous energy. The Roanoke Crit isn’t exactly a big race on my calendar but since I was leaving the next morning and it was in my hometown, the pressure seemed liked it was on. I spent the morning finishing some packing and getting a last visit to Sweet Donkey for pre-race pastry and coffee with my sister. I tried to take a nap but had too much nervous energy to fall asleep.
Keep those pedals spinning,