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.