As soon as it was announced that the 2016 USAT National Championships would be in Omaha, NE - I booked a hotel. It was sometime in July, and you could not even qualify for the event yet, but I knew that would be my goal! The very first race that I could qualify at, I did! I qualified at three different races :-) The original plan was to focus on the olympic distance this year. I was to work on my speed, especially on the run, and earn that Team USA Tri Kit. That was my big goal after all. I took the steps necessary. I booked my race schedule with plenty of olympic races with a few sprint races to really push the speed. I started going to speed sessions with Hanson's Running Group and started seeing a trainer to increase my strength. Then I got the amazing news that I was picked to go to Kona and represent Women for Tri... my training changed drastically. I knew my mindset needed to change, too. I still planned to go to USATAGNC, but this year was to be about recon.