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Pre-Race Ritual

1minute
The snow packs and crunches
Under my freshly waxed runners.
Stopping at the start line-
It’s lined with handlers and spectators.
Dogs and racer become a single unit.
The countdown rings in my ears,
My blood pumps
As my mind races.
I review all scenarios,
Calculating every second,
Analyzing my strategy.

30 seconds
The dogs are psyched,
Jumping to the end of their lines,
My grip tightens around the carbon-fiber handlebar.
Numb fingertips tingle
But the adrenaline rushing
Keeps my core warm.

15seocnds
Push the thoughts away,
It’s all about the pursuit,
The chase.

10 seconds
Everyone disappears-
Instincts come alive.

5
Focus
4
Composure
3
Ready.
2
Set.
1
GO!





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