USA v Europe 1500

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Photo by Alexander Shelegov

Place: 1st, Time: 4:02.5 (PR)

And that’s the end of the Euro trip. 5 weeks, 5 races, 6 countries, and I’m on the plane home 🎉🎉
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The race last night was fast because of Shannon Osika . She was going for the Olympic standard, and told us before that she wanted to make it an honest pace. It was courageous and bold and she’s clearly ready to run the standard.
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I was coming off a cold, so I wasn’t sure if that was going to have an impact. It didn’t seem to once we got going. I starting winding down with a lap to go and took it from 300 out. That final lap is coming together. I’m actually racing, not just holding on. Im so thankful to be able to end on a high note, strong and healthy this late in the year. And taking home the win for USA is special. I love the team atmosphere.
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This has been far from a perfect season. I felt like I was frustrated more often than celebrating. And the near misses seemed to just keep piling. But the calm determination and excitement I’ve had going into my last two meets is something I haven’t felt in a while. Longer than I’d care to admit. I’ve been enjoying the races. Not looking past the finish line, toward the post race dinner, or the next day travel, or the future race possibility. If I end this season with renewed focus and motivation going into 2020 (plus memorable experiences and new and old friends), I can live with the rest of it.

Rolling Stones said it best. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime find, you get what you need.

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