Team USA Arizona and McMillan Elite's Ten Easy Steps to Successfully Sweeping a National Championship:
Last weekend Andrew Carlson, Brett Gotcher and Nick Arciniaga placed first, second and third respectively at the 2010 USA National 25 Kilometer Road Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Here's a step-by-step synopsis on they got there...
Step One: Listen to your Coach (Greg McMillan, with back to camera, explains the goals of the day.)
Step Two: Train hard with your Teammates on Flagstaff's Lake Mary Road (LMR) at 7,000 feet. (Nick Arciniaga, left and Andrew Carlson get after it.)
Have a great tempo workout on LMR...
...Or a not-so-good workout on LMR.
Thusly resulting in cutting off the prized mullet.
Step Two Continued: Train hard with Teammates on the track in Sedona. (Martin Fagan and Brett Gotcher hit the red roundy-round.)
Step One Revisited: Listen to your Coach again while he BBQ's under the shadow of Mt. Humphrey's.
Step 1A: Emulate aforementioned Coach and chow-down. (photo by Tracy McMillan)
Step Three: Enjoy the BBQ's finished products with entire Team.
Step Four: Run with Teammates in a strong pack. Step 4A: Surge insanely when foolish competitor angers you by spilling water on your shoes at an aid station. Step 4B: Teammates are the only ones crazy enough to match said surge. (photo by Chris Clark, Grand Rapids Press)
Step Five: Revel in a 1, 2, 3 sweep and victorious finish at the USA National 25K Championships. (photo by Rex Larsen, Grand Rapids Press) (l to r: Arciniaga, Gotcher and Carlson post-race)
Step Six: Re-hydrate by double fisting it. (Carlson can't make up his mind, eventually he settles on the beer.)
Step 7: Re-fuel with monster nachos...chili topping optional. (Carlson, left, and Gotcher down the largest plate of nachos in Flagstaff.)
Step 7 continued: ...Or sliders and fries. (Looking good Nick)
Step 8: Share the Victory with a Team celebratory dinner.
Step 9: Consider thoughtfully the next race and next opportunity to inspire and impress!
(Brett, left, and Jordan Horn contemplate Horn's USA National Mile Road Championship Race in a few days.)
Step 10: Repeat steps one through nine. Easy, right?