Last weekend I took part in the Roller Sports Canada National Championship in the Masters Women category. My performance was within my expectation and it was a nice change to get back in the rhythm of racing once more. My speed is not back yet but race photos provide solid evidence that I made improvement with my form. I skated well in the distance races (5km and 10km points) leveraging my race experience and endurance training. My coach prepared me well to handle those conditions with gruelling training program that I dreaded. An old friend came over to me after my 10km points race to welcome me back to the racing scene. He said he thought I would not be fit after such a long break but I proved him wrong. I guess I owe my coach a big thank you.
The unique challenge about nationals is that we all hang out at the track all day long for the whole weekend. There are lots of down time in between races but I need conserve energy. Racing in blazing heat under the relentless sun quickly zaps energy out of anyone. Last weekend I sat under the shade as much as possible and stayed hydrated. I also packed myself a bento with breakfast and lunch to fuel me throughout the day.