What were these mini races like?
Even though it wasn’t normal racing, it was cool to go through some of the race process, like being at an AirBnb together, having a pre-run dinner. We did the things you usually do with your teammates before a race, only it wasn’t a full starting line, just you and your friends.
So it was kind of weird, but you still get into the competitive mindset of a regular race. Even if it’s just you and your girls! But it is harder to turn that on. You have to really dig for it. It feels a little bit different when it’s the women whom you count on and train with. Although it does make you realize we’re in it together. It adds a different element of security.
Thankfully I don’t feel a huge amount of pressure to race right now because I’ve been able to knock out the times that I need going into this summer, which is such a weight off my chest. Being on a team where we create opportunities is an advantage. A lot of individuals train on their own and don’t know how they’ll get into a race. That would be so nerve-wracking.
I feel like right now people are so desperate to have an opportunity on the track in order to get a good time or see where they’re at, especially if there won’t be a whole lot of races between now and the trials.