As Spencer predicted, the last race in Bozeman was twisty, turny, tough and totally fun. The rain and snow held off until later that afternoon, allowing talented waxing specialist Coach Grassech and guest wax tech/former Bobcat Tim Whiton to deliver us excellent skis. Unfortunately I ended up having my own spontaneous Summit Sunday in the start, when an APU girl in front of me tripped on a pole and went down in front of me with just enough time for my skis to go under her and me to fall directly on top of her. I then got out-summitted by the racer behind me, who ended up right on top of me. Luckily I had my game face on and was able to fight my way back up to 12th place, getting to race briefly with Em and Katrin in the process. Racing with teammates is always fun – as Mr. Filly Hamilton would say, “teamwork makes the dream work”. Kat and Emily proved his point by racing together to a solid 28th and 29th place, scoring SuperTour points in a stacked field. Spence and Patrick had a chance to work together for a while in the men’s race, racing among an equally if not even more stacked field. Patrick managed to beat some pretty speedy elite skiers and finish as the 9th junior. Spencer spicily topped his previous early season racing PR, setting himself up for success as the season continues.
A quick summary of the journey back… Roger and George made a new lady friend on the drive home, spicing up the Far West van dynamics. We decided to get in an extra strength workout en route…
Ben rediscovered the joys of Red Bull. and we rediscovered that 14 hours is too long to spend in a van no matter who you are with….
Last but not least…don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Cottonwood-hosted Far West Nordic Kickoff Party featuring speaker Grant Korgan on Sunday! http://farwestnordic.org/fwnsea/ai1ec_event/season-kick-off-party/?instance_id=#more-7699