At first, no way did I want to. In fact, every season of my professional career I have rolled down the Vegas slot. It never really entertained me (not very professional of me). Maybe because I already know it's the best of the fast girls and perhaps I just felt it was a waist of money I didn't have, to go all the way there and come home penniless. Well, baby, that was a bad attitude. Truth is, this is my job (and I like it) so I better do it. And...the best lessons come often times from the races we don't win, the races we are most challenged, the races where we have to be better than we believe we are. So it looks like I am heading to Vegas as the last ranked girl and I am SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!
No pressure. Nothing to lose. Lots of experience to gain, I can handle that. My plan is to continue sitting on my butt the rest of this week, seriously cooked from the last couple weeks of race and travel. Monday I'll start my Vegas training, shoots, I just did an Ironman I am pretty sure I got all the miles I need. And then fly to Vegas and call my flight, "taper". I'll just try and toss in a little speed work and call myself READY to GAMBLE! I am really, really, really excited. In fact, maybe the most excited I have been all year! My heels and hot dress will be packed for the streets, I have never been to Vegas and just have to see what it's all about! Clearly I will look lost & confused, but it will be incredible.
One more thing, a large part of my choice to take the slot and give another race a crack, is all the support from all over, complete strangers and friends have been beyond encouraging through this blog. It is really overwhelming how sport has such a way of bringing people together and building them up, thank you, thank you, thank you!! See you all in Vegas, until then I'll keep you posted on the sitting on my butt, a week of work, then taper on the flight :)