Boom! Your at the start.
Packing up the week before the trip was like, well, packing for Junior Nationals. Double checking everything, making sure its all packed. Your in the starting gate. Getting into the cars and starting the 9 and a half hour drive to Soldier Hollow, Utah. The clock starts beeping. Going the the Opening Ceremonies watching the torch being lit.
10 second until you start………five, four, three, two, one, GO!
Arriving to the houses unpacking then all dispersing to your separate homes for the next 9 days.
Your flying down the track as fast as your skis will allow.
Waking up the next day training and previewing the course. Eating dinner as one big family, laughing and enjoying the night.
You reach the bottom of the first hill as power up through it over the top.
Waking up you start putting together all your gear and putting your race suit on. It’s finally beginning.
You reach the top of the hill and pour on the speed.
You arrive at the main house, grab some breakfast, and then go the the race course.
You hit the downhill and get as low as you can in your tuck.
Your warming up on the course, getting your race skis, lining up in the start.
Your on the second uphill now.
You race your hardest all the way through. You finish you look up at the board and see your result.
Your almost the the top of the second hill you power over the top of the hill!
You go back to the house and relax, then next day you train, then the next day you race, then go to the mid-week ceremonies, then the next day you train, then the next you race, then race again the day after that.
You hit the down hill and drop into a tuck agin, as low as you can, keep up the speed throughout the flat.
Your at the closing ceremonies, the announcer is saying the names of all the medalists.
You speed across the flats still in your tuck and come the the uphill into the stadium.
The ceremony ands and the banquet starts, people start to mingle and talk about the past week.
You charge into the stadium and into the finish lane. You start to double pole as hard and as fast as you can. Your dying for breath but thats okay, it feels great. Makes you feel more alive than ever. You throw your foot for the line and trip the laser. your done. You did great, your team is all there congratulating you, fives and hugs.
Then after the food is the dance. A time to have fun. Let go of the week and just party. That was harder then some of the races. Its wild! And fun! Then the long ride home the next day.
The race are over, the season however……is not. This has been a great year for Far West so far. We accomplished our goals and beat PNSA. This was my first year racing with Far West and will definitely not be my last. Thank you to all of the coaches and helpers we had on this trip, it was amazing!
And always FAR WEST, FAR BEST!!!