Bring on the summer racing season! The last few days Nick and I have been immersed in summer travel planning. As London draws nearer, we’ve started moving from thoughts of surreal nervousness to ones of eager anticipation. Instead of looking ahead and saying, “can you believe the Olympics are only three months away?” we’ve started saying, “ I can’t wait until we leave for Europe in a month!”
Plans are being made and flights are being booked. That being said, the tricky thing about this career is that every plan and flight needs an a, b, and c option. Nick’s job has an innate element of unpredictability and over the years, we’ve learned to keep plans flexible. So we’ve spent the last few days double checking every possible option for our travels this summer in Europe. You can never be prepared for everything, but in an important year like this, you can certainly try!
Though some plans can’t yet be solidified, we do know that we plan to go back to Spoleto, Italy, as our “training base” in between races for a few weeks in July. We enjoyed basing ourselves there last year, and Nick raced great off of the food, training, and weather there so we’d be silly not to go again. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with some of the friends we made there last year and practicing our Italian with them!
Maybe this new approach is reflective of where Nick is at with his training. We are really excited about how well things have been going the last few months. Tonight (Saturday) Nick will race an 800 in Windsor as what he and Ronnie call a “rust-buster” race before traveling to Eugene, OR, to race the Mile at the Prefontaine Classic nextweek. The date of the Prefontaine mile just happens to also be my sister’s due date for her second child so I’m not going with Nick to Oregon. I definitely don’t want to miss meeting my new nephew or niece and we’re hoping Nick doesn’t miss it either!