I sing songs [in my head] pretty much every race I do. The last race I went to, they had Mozart playing at the start line, and I was going nuts. Everybody else didn’t care, but I was like, if I get Mozart stuck in my head, people are going to be flying past me cause I’m singing some symphony. Usually they’ve got some kind of rock or something going on, and it’ll get stuck in your head, and you’ll be climbing this hill, just having this beat going in your head. And it really helps a lot.
I like team sports — I played soccer for years, and I did stuff like that. But I realized I like being independent, where if I mess up, it’s my own fault. … I just like being able to push myself, you know, on my own limits. If I can’t do it, it’s my own fault. Then I can’t blame anybody.
If I do well here, I’d go onto the nationals, which would be Lake Tahoe. I think I could handle going out to Tahoe. — As told to Jason Roop
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