The morning started early as they do, but filled with a little more excitement and anxiety than most races do for me. It has been, well…a very long time since I have entered a race healthy and with great expectations. Last year’s racing was marred unfortunately with illness all year which started with a bout of Giardhia that reared its head 3 days before my first event of the year. I did my best, and did all that I could to rest, recover, and be as healthy as I could. At a few events even had some decent results, but never started an event 100%.