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Well, the last two weeks have not been quite as planned. I got the Flu after NorthStar, had one day of healthy greatness, then immediately got a Knee infection and all of a sudden I found myself with two weeks of little to no riding, and nationals were just days away. Some say cycling is 80 percent physical and 20 percent mental, but I have found the mind to be much more of a factor than that. You always have to find the positives in the worst of situations. I of course didn't want to be off the bike that much right before Nationals, but it allowed me to take a mid-season rest period, as well as provide me with the hungry to want to go out and train and just simply ride again. When you start racing in January, a break is certainly a necessity. So with over two months of the season left, I am once again very hungry to crush every ride and get that NCC podium I have been searching for all season. I used the National RoadRace today as pack back/ thank you to my teammates who have helped me in many crits this year and I will be racing the crit with the hope that my legs come back from the two weeks of downtime for the top three result that I had originally planned on at the beginning of the season. For now, I will be resting the next two days after what was a very hard road race in which I did what I could for my Teammates on a very hilly course, finish my three antibiotic medications, and try to avoid playing mini basketball against my friends at our host house! FYI, my teammate Carson took 7th today!!! BALLER!!!
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So getting a Knee Infection isn't fun contrary to popular belief. We are not sure I cut my knee while doing kick ass Flips off the diving board, or got bit by a spider that was having a bad day. Regardless, my knee swelled up and riding became painful and impossible. So after many days just purely on the catch taking three antibiotics and 15 hours of sleep a day, it healed and I was back… with only four days till nationals, but it could be worse. I spent the next days stoked out of my mind just to ride a bike! With Crits Nationals on Sunday, Idaho NCC the weekend after, Cascade the following tuesday, and Gateway cup at the end of August, I couldn't be more excited for whats to come! Just no more Knee Infections!!!!!!!!!!!!!