The first race

Hey everyone! As you all know, yesterday was our first race here in Stowe. It was a big deal for everyone, but for me it was something a little more crazy–it was my first Junior Nationals race ever.

Most races I do, I get super nervous for. But for the 5k classic yesterday, I wasn’t nervous at all. It was a different emotion taking over my body: pure excitement and thrill. The environment we were in before the race was incredible. The best junior nordic skiers in the country were right there around us, the boys were racing, there was cheering and music playing, there was glitter being spread onto the faces of athletes about to race, there were coaches waxing skis until they were absolutely perfect, there were hugs and people yelling to their friends, “You’re gonna kill it!” and, “Go for it! Go fast!” And then, before I knew it, I was in the start and watching the clock count down to 1. There were cheers for a minute but then I was out on the trails skiing as fast as I could go.

For me, these races were never about my result and only about me having a ton of fun and going my absolute hardest. And that’s exactly what I did. Skiing back into the stadium was incredible. People were clapping and yelling my name and it all pushed me up the last hill and made me smile. As I crossed the finish line I skied up to Claire who a had finished a little before me and I have her a huge hug and said, (while jumping up and down) “OH MY GOD WE JUST FINISHED OUR FIRST JNS RACE!!!” And from from here, let the adventure begin.

Elle

Reeling in For Departure

We are now only 3 days out! Friday. Friday will be the day all us athletes and coaches depart for Stowe. Its a day many have been looking forward to since the conclusion of last years JN’s! Last Saturday we had our CNISSF State Championships. Following those races we had our JN team meeting. Being a part of FW, we are all very fortunate to know everyone on our team even outside of skiing. In other divisions, people don’t know everyone. This is definitely one of FW’s strong points. I like to think of FW as the US Ski team. Our team in a way has the same dynamic and in the past both have not performed as well. I do feel that this year we are at a strong point in the history of FW. This week, everyone is focusing their training to peak in Stowe next week! Today we did some classic rollerskiing intervals down in Colfax for some Low elevation training! We will also do one more set tomorrow and then lay low before our races!

Sam and AmbrosePre Intervals

Recently I made a video recapping last weekends races, and some past training! Check that out here!

Far West Far Best!