Trapped at home by the floods, the owner of the yoga studio Abbott frequented for five years was unable to open shop, and was ultimately forced to close its doors. In the span of a weekend, Abbott had lost two vital outlets that brought her spiritual and physical calm.
“I really had to spend the last few weeks focusing, and keeping those things that sustain me in mind,” Abbott said. “I am wanting to go to worlds with the intention of honoring all of those things that brought me to where I am — those things that are currently hurting.”"
Small had inspiration coming from the team car, where Team USA’s performance director Jim Miller was calling out turns and pushing her to ride harder throughout the 28:16 test.
"I’ve never hurt so bad in my life," she said. "I didn’t pace, it was all out from the gun. The whole day was get to the corner, try to recover, go all out.
"I’ve never hated [Miller] so much in my life," she joked, adding more seriously that she had requested Miller’s presence in the car after he did the same for her during the national championships.
"He’s really clear on the radio, he’s very good and positive, and it makes a big difference."
Small will now turn her focus toward the road race, where she will try to help one of her USA teammates win another medal.
"I’ll be giving it all for the team for the road race. I came in knowing I was going to be a worker, and that’s my job anyway. I’m excited to do whatever I can to make it happen for the other girls. I have good form so I feel like I can really help a lot.""