Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Nationals Part 1: Drivin' and Ridin'

After an evening of amazing food and conversation (and a special guitar demo session), Yo and Kate sent me off with a full tummy and to-go bag full of Northstar deliciousness for consumption during the second leg of my trek to Colorado. 

Northstar Cowboy Breakfast

After the first stop in Columbus, OH, there were many miles to drive to my next stop in Junction City, KS. The drive went smoothly until winter storm Virgil hit the roadways in Kansas, and after praying intensely to a) arrive at my destination safely and, b) make a rest stop appear because too many hours had passed since I last took a rest, I found a rest stop and then made it safely to the hotel.

View from hotel room
in Junction City, KS

The next day, the last leg of the drive went well. After a stop for some groceries near Denver, I rolled in to Breckenridge on Sunday afternoon. The altitude definitely affected me (had a rough night of sleep on Sunday evening) but I was ready to ride and spent all day Monday at Breckenridge, working on some conditioning and carving runs. 

Getting ready to ride at Breckenridge

Tuesday and Wednesday were full of boardercross practice, and the training at Copper Mountain has been going well (thanks to the Rocky Mountain Series for being a great host!). Practice day number 3 is tomorrow, and we're ready to attack the start features (including Eva the Hedgehog, my mascot for Nationals 2013). 

Eva the Hedgehog at the Copper Mountain SBX start gate

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