The Supertour made a stop in Aspen, CO this weekend for the Owl Creek Chase. For those of you that don’t know, this is a 21km point-to-point skate race. The course is great as the terrain is varied and the final large descent is on the alpine mountain (Buttermilk mountain to be exact). The weather was incredible: Hot and sunny without a cloud in the sky, hence California in Colorado.
Farm Team member Chelsea Holmes placed 2nd overall in the girls race. Here is a link to results: http://milliseconds.com/races/detail/1401/143755
Unfortunately I was still (and am still) recovering from sickness, apparently my immune system is on vacation. I discovered that one of the hardest things to do is watch a race you should be competing in. All I could think about while I stood on the race course, watching my competition have a great time and ski an outstanding race was, “wow, I should be right in there”. Anyone that knows me probably expects that my exact words/thoughts were a little more vulgar than that, but for print media this will suffice. The fact of the matter is that these were great courses for me and I was very excited to race. It is so fun to be a gamer and get out there and throw down a tactical and explosive race. But, alas, I was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch, all the while keeping myself from throwing a tantrum.
It is really frustrating and difficult to get out and support your teammates racing when you should be racing alongside them, but it is the right thing to do. Standing on the sidelines watching makes you realize how much you actually do love racing and it makes you that much more energized to get healthy and get out on the course to race again.