I opened my e-mail this morning and saw this from USA Cyling:
"Dear Racer,Congratulations! You have qualified for the 2008 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships scheduled for July 16-20, 2008 at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, VT."
I did a double take. Surely, there must be some mistake. How did I manage to do that without trying?
I looked into it: turns out my 5th at Idyllwild qualifies me for a slot at MTB Nationals. Strange. Chances are I'd get my a$$ handed to me "Dude, you dropped this..." but still kinda fun to get e-mails like that when they're unexpected.
I have no plans to go, but it's tempting to see how I'd do at a National Championship MTB race. If it were somewhere closer, I might consider it (read: driving distance).
Anyway, back to the books and race prep: I LOVE taper week.