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One week later…………

I just woke up and I’m staring at my ceiling and remembering that at his time just 7 days ago I was racing in the biggest classic race of my life. I think only after the moment do you truly realize how big of an event that was. Or how exhilarating it was during that race, just all of the excitement, the fear, the nerves, rush as the starter said “Any time in five, four, three, two, one”, and the relief of crossing the finish line. I guess this is a funny how your opinion can change so fast, or it can stay the same, if you asked me right after the race “Would you do it again? ” I would of said “Yes, of course.”, and now if you asked me I would say ” In a heartbeat, bring it on.”.
When I first got to JN’s I thought okay I’m going to be so tired after this week, but after each day I felt like i was getting stronger, more experienced. I was running with the bigs boys. No, I wasn’t running with them, I was ONE of the bigs boys now. I never dreamed of getting to this point, Junior Nationals. Such an important name, but I don’t think you realize the meaning until you get there, race in it, and just being there. It’s not just the races that make it Junior Nationals, its the trip you take getting there.The JOQ’s, all the training, the hours spent preparing and packing.
I miss my team, with all of their definitely un-normal attitudes, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. All of my team mates are awesome! They are the coolest people I now. You don’t have to fell awkward around them, you can just be yourself. you see such a new side of people when you spend 9 days with them.
My coaches also open up a lot more also, they tell jokes, watch movies, and laugh with us and I bet you if a random person walked into one of our houses they would jut think were a big happy family. And in a way we ARE on big happy family, we ate together, we laugh together, pull pranks, and just have fun. The coaches would interact with us a lot more than other trips because they had a lot more down time. Playing pool with Ambrose and Ben was awesome!
Thank you to all of our coaches:
Ben, Nancy, Joel, Jeff, Martin, Ambrose, Glenn, Alana, Mary Ellen, and Kara!!!
Thank you also to our caters:
David and Lynda!!!

9 Days Goes By As Fast As A Classic Sprint

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!!!

Reflecting

I’m sitting here in my house, looking back on the years. Starting Nordic in 7th grade, doing okay not really caring where I placed, to 8th grade where I finished 4th in my second race. I didn’t know about nordic racing or Junior Nationals or Far West. I had the teenager disease, I thought that the nordic world was just me and my team, duh. I raced through the year and was always wondering how Sam Zabell always won. Then I heard about Sugar Bowl Academy, and though “Wow that would be really cool to go there” and then discarded the thought. I never thought that I would end up here, going to Sugar Bowl, joining Far West, qualifying for the JNs, and now I am here, GOING TO JNS. Look out the rest of the nordic world. We’re coming…….FAR WEST, FAR BEST!!!!!!!