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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Pictured above is me & my awesome teammate, Diane...I love her attitude and her pluck. At last, redemption was mine at the Hillbilly Hustle (where, until now, I have always had a lousy race). Lining up for my first foray in the Elites, I channeled Catherine Powers' voice in my head, "I belong here because I am fast..." (or, in my case, I belong here because I can be fast)...I'd be a fool not to acknowledge the fact that I was also inspired by my dad's win just hours before.
race like an A race like an A race like an A race like an A race like an A race like an A...
(I don't know how or why these things pop up in my head while I'm racing, but it works for me...sometimes it's a song, sometimes it's a haphazard silly mantra, sometimes it's words shouted from the other side of the tape...today it was, "Bury yourself, Kim" on one lap and, "Smile!!" on the next...thanks, dad)...as I said, it just works for me.
If I've learned anything this past year, it's that attitude is everything...I've watched it and embraced it in just about every area of my life in the past eighteen or so months...far from any race course, too.
The Hustle was on...the mud, the fast turns, the mound of doom (heh heh)...I rode the hell out of that course and made my legs ache in ways I've never felt before. I was proud to cross the line 4th, hot on the heels of Diane...she rode an amazingly strong & smooth race, graciously showing me how it's done in the A's.