After a season high at the Birkie with almost our entire team placing inside the top 20, we collectively migrated back to Truckee and Tahoe for a training block. Several of the scheduled races during this block were canceled due to lack of snow. The team had to get creative with training to come into these last races on form and fresh.
Regardless of the lack of snow, it’s been rejuvenating to be around the community that I’ve grown to love. I always say that you know how much you like a place once you come back to it for the second time. It turns out I really like it here, the people, the training, the skiing spirit… My favorite example of this was the effort that ASC and the community poured into Junior Nationals to make the event a huge success. My second favorite example was the collective cheer I witnessed erupt spontaneous at the local coffee bar when it started snowing for the first time in February. I love being around people that love snow this much.
This week’s Supertour Finals in Sun Valley marks the end of a great ski season. We jammed our cars packed with gear and as many skis as we could possibly fit, envision at least ten pair per person times 6 people. It’s impressive car tetrus!
The week of racing started off with a 10km classic and skate sprint, both of which I had to skip because I came down with a head cold. Yes, I am sick again. And yes, I’m incredibly sick of being sick, but I’m also doing everything I can to get healthy to race the 30km skate. It’s a race I’ve set my sights on all year, and I can’t wait! Three days and counting!
The rest of the team has had great results so far this series. I’m particularly proud of our ladies. Anja has come in seventh in both race, and Emily qualified solidly in the sprints in 20th place. This is her best supertour qualifier to date, so she came home with a smile after those races. Our men, Spencer and Wyatt, have had solid showings in both the sprint and classic distance ski.
We have two races to go! The team relay 4 x 5km is coming up tomorrow. Our classic queen, Emily will be scrambling and tagging off to Spencer, who is also skiing classic. We’re saving our strongest for last with Patrick and Anja skating. Should be an exciting race, so stay tuned!