Stacey’s last blog before the 2018 Elite Women’s Cyclocross World Championships

The start of this trip seemed to go so slowly, but now time is moving so fast. In just days, I will be racing my 15th and final race of this European trip – the World Championships in Valkenburg. This is essentially the reason I am here – the reason I have spent so long away from my family, home, work, and friends. This is what it comes down to, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I have raced 14 races thus far, each with differing conditions and challenges, but each adding to my skill-set, experience, and confidence. Each giving me the chance to hone my skills and my preparation. And each confirming my love for the sport.

I have worked on the small things to ensure my race day runs smoothly. For example, I pack the night before, I have each set of kit for the day in separate bags (course practice kit, start and finish line kit, and race kit), and write down my day’s schedule to the minute. I also have towels, warm water, and clean clothes ready for after the race so I am able to get clean and changed quickly, without freezing.

Each race has taught me something new, and looking back to the start of my trip, and even back to my racing in Australia, I can see all of the improvements that I’ve made, both on and off the bike.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come here, but on the other hand, I’m thankful to myself, because this is what I have chosen to do. I have given it my all in every race, I have allowed myself to fail, I have allowed myself to learn, and I have allowed myself to grow.

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