Chris raced at Xterra Nationals yesterday. Even though he’s had a great season and we say things like winning is just icing on the cake (which it is), the reality is, he really wanted to win. Of course, he always wants to win, but he has never won at nationals and wanted it to happen this year. He caught a cold a couple of weeks ago and his energy hasn’t returned, so he was pretty nervous going in.
Friday night at the pre-race banquet, he was awarded the Xterra Athlete of the Year, which was so exciting (and well deserved). He’s raced seven times this year and won seven times (6 overall and 1 4th overall at UTI Worlds). He won a really nice set of Enve wheels. This award is only given to one athlete, so it’s a really amazing honor.
Here are the Midwestern regional age-group champs:
One of his friend’s wife was there spectating and snapping pictures the whole while, posting them to my Facebook. I just adore Facebook, don’t you? I’m so grateful for these images.
He was in 11th overall after the swim.
Here he is on the bike. Not sure where or when. It looks like maybe right out of T1?
This image is from Xterra’s Facebook page. He’s right behind the women’s pro leader.
And finally, running down a big ski slope to the finish.
He looks tired! The altitude is so killer for those that train here at a few hundred feet.
He ended up in 7th overall and first in his age group, so a national win (the big races are all age group for amateurs–no special honor for overall wins). Mission accomplished!
The pros ran the same course, and if he raced pro, he would have gotten 15th overall. That’s a very respectable finish, too! He has no desire to turn pro, but knowing he can compete among the top pros is pretty awesome.
There’s a highlights video here:
We are so proud of him and anxious for his return tonight!