About Spencer Eusden

Spencer returns to the Elite Team for his third year. Originally from Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Spencer was part of the inaugural summer collee program and returned to California after graduation. Spencer has seen the Elite Team grow substantially in prestige over the past 3 years and is excited to be a part of it again. He also works extensively with Far West’s Junior skiers, and volunteers for Auburn Ski Club’s 1-2-3 program. He also is instrumental in organizing some of the popular fundraising programs for the team, including the Team Dinner and the Beer Tasting at New Moon Foods.

Beer (and Cider) Tasting Coming Up

 

 

 

 

Come join us on October 24th from 5-8 p.m. at New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee for a beer and hard cider tasting. Representatives from Drakes Brewing Company and Crispin Cider (for those us who are Gluten Free) will be on hand to help you sample their fine products. The is a $10 suggested donation and all donations will go directly to the Far West Elite Team!

This was a really fun and effective fundraiser for us last year. I hope you can make it out!

 

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Get to know the Elite Team Contest

Can you guess how many bikes the Far West Elite Team has?

It’s no secret we love to cross train on our bikes. Contest ends Monday, so be sure to comment with your name and guess before then. If you guess correctly I’ll send you a nordic skier care package.

In case you were wondering only bikes physically in the Far West region are counted.

 

IMG_1926Last week Emily and I drove from where she was working in Denver to back to Truckee, via Jackson, WY. We made an ambitious attempt to hike the Middle Teton, but got turned back by lightning. Those are some pretty cool mountains and I’d love to make it to the top of one of them someday.

 

 

 

Fundraising Dinner Saturday

The Far West XC Elite Team is putting on a delicious fundraising dinner at TXC this Saturday. See the details here. http://farwestnordic.org/fwnsea/elite-team-dinner/

Please come out and support the Elite Team by letting us serve you a delicious meal.

Alaska

Pat and I are in Anchorage Alaska for Supertour Finals. We had a 15km Skate race Saturday and I did the Classic Sprint Sunday. Today we skied out across a lake to a glacier on one of the most scenic skis I’ve ever been on. The sprint went fairly well although I’ve now been 32nd in the last 3 Supertour sprints I’ve entered in (the top 30 qualifiers move on to heats). Even though its tough to be so close but not make it to the heats, I’m pretty excited on how much I have improved in sprinting this year. Tomorrow is a team relay, which we don’t have enough people for so Patrick is joining mixed club team. Race Schedule and results are here: http://anchorage2014.com/

 

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West Yellowstone Rendezvous

(Scroll through slowly while listening to this music www.youtube.com/watch?v=yptp1yCCRWk)

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Episode VI

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RETURN OF THE JOHNSON

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A long time ago in a race far far away….

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Patrick Johnson has returned to his home range of Hoth West Yellowstone in an attempt to rescue his friends Spencer and Wyatt from the vile bedbug hoards of Western Montana.

Little does Pat know that the RENDEZVOUS EMPIRE has begun construction on race course warmer and faster than ever before.

When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band heros, known as the Far West Elite Team, struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy…

 

 

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If you haven’t already guessed the West Yellowstone Rendezvous race was star wars themed this year. Patrick, Wyatt, and myself made the trek out to Montana for what ended up being an awesome race. Patrick, after winning the race last year, got his name on the appropriately designed event shirt. Apparently the force is strong with people named Patrick.IMG_0405

 

Conditions looked like they might be about as balmy as the forest moon of Endor, but the groomers worked their magic and the sun was shaded by the deflector shield making for a wicked fast 50km. Patrick broke the course record, at just under 2 hours, while I was just a couple minutes behind in 3rd place with Wyatt just behind me in 4th. Our skis were faster than Proton Torpedos with Toko Jetstream Red Powder and Toko Jestream Blue Bloc on top. We owe a huge thanks to all the volunteers. I’ve never seen so many Jedi at a ski race before….

 

We will post race photos as soon as they make it out of the Dagobah System.

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Staying Warm

The Far West XC Elite Team owes a huge thank you to Silver Sage Sports Performance, Marmot, and Alpenglow Sports for providing us with team puffies this season. Ben Grasseschi put together the design to keep us looking sharp.

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These jackets are awesome. Last week we did a bit of “field testing” to see just how warm they were……they worked great….

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What happens on rest days?

 

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These kids are pretty good at managing a bunch of schoolwork and racing.

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Happy Holidays

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This holiday season I went to Maine to visit my family. In typical New England fashion, we got a half inch of ice the day I arrived. While this wasn’t the best for skiing, it was really pretty.

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Air travel with skis can be often a pain, this time was no exceptional. On arrival there was a hole I could fit my head through in the bottom of the ski bag. It was for good reason I left all my good skis at home in Truckee. Luckily my cat was more than happy to help me sew the bag back together. (While blue jeans are what you might typically sew up a ski bag with, mine now has pockets)

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On Saturday the local ski area had a fun biathlon race, which my brother and I participated in as both of our first ever biathlon races. The race was put on by a local biathlon club using air rifles and had some seriously stiff competition…. (the field for the 6km and 3km race)

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The race went great, so well I’m considering retiring. I hit all the targets, which the lead over my brother (who did not hit all his targets) and the win. The trail system here has one of the better ideas I’ve ever seen at a cross country ski area. At the high point of the trails was a “Snackbox”. It’s really a just mailbox filled with snacks and candy, but is quite delicious. I can think of a few cross country centers that should do something similar  in the Tahoe region.

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I will meet up with the rest of the Far West group in Soldier Hollow in a couple days and am excited to race at U.S. Senior Nationals.

Racing!

Today’s race was a tough one. First off it was debatable whether or not temperatures were warm enough to hold the race, which is -4F….

Maybe if we all huddle around the thermometer it might warm up enough to race.

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Despite ambiguous temperature legality, the crew at Bohart did a great job taking care of some very cold skiers and spending long hours outside themselves. Someone from the race crew checked me for frostbite mid-race today. As ridiculous as that is, I was impressed on how hard everyone was working to pull off the races.

 

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I still can’t quite feel some of my toes.

That being said we had some great skis thanks to Tim Whiton, former Bates skier and Bowdoin Coach. Who bravely stood around in  the cold waxing our skis.

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If Tim looks cold, that’s because he is.

The race itself went alright for me. I was glad to be back racing post-concussion, but have some catch up training to do before the next Supertours.

Live from Bozeman

Live feed from Bozeman

Today we tried to wax some skis in order to test waxes for the race Sunday, but it was so cold the iron wouldn’t turn on, which for reference happens around -12 F. We almost always do some intervals the day before a race, as this has been shown to boost performance. Although when the air is this cold, breathing hard can do some serious damage to your lungs. With a High of -10F today, we got a little creative to do a pre-race workout.

 

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