Nationals didn't go to plan. It was tough, and not just in the conventional sense. I had to make a huge effort to even reach the front of the race, but also to control my emotion against riders in the bunch who I felt were simply racing against me. However that was the way it panned out and I must move on to my next target. In the end I was glad to make it to the front and even contest the win. Infact I received some congratulations from people simply for escaping the bunch, which put what had happened in the race into perspective a little.
This was the first of my 2013 goals that I haven't been able to tick off, something that makes me look at the bigger picture of my career objectives, one race aside, and in the short-term, fills me with even more motivation for my remaining races this year.
I would dearly love to win a jersey of some kind. But it seems for now the wait will continue...
Thankyou to Jonty Darlington for the photo. And a huge congratulations to Lawless. After the disappointment had sunk in, I couldn't have been happier for him. A great mate who I was super happy to see on the top step of the podium.