The Coaching Life

Today was my first race as a ski coach…and I loved every minute. All the local high schools gathered at the Kirwood meadow for some super fun and funky relay races. Highlights of the day:

1. The boys totally outdid the girls in the costume contest…I saw several middle school boys sporting tutus and wigs…

2. The middle school boys race course was…well, let’s just say it wasn’t very well marked and we had a few dozen middle schoolers on the highs school course…oops. After figuring it out, I spend a good 45 minutes yelling directions at middle school boys since I didn’t have any flagging.

3. I skiied one leg of the middle school course with a girl who didn’t know how to skate ski and was trying to classic without any wax..She was getting a wee big frustrated so I nominated myself as her cheerleader in the hopes that she wouldn’t quit cross country skiing the minute she finished.

4. Standing at the turnaround point of the high school race, yelling my head off for every racer…and being very proud at how many names I could actually remember. I was in desperate need of a cow bell though in order to project my lone voice and so immediately texted my mom to have it sent with my xmas presents…which may or may not ever come.

All in all, a terrific day- complete with both sunshine in the morning and snow in the afternoon. Congratulations to all the racers…especially those for which this was their first high school race…or first race period!

About Holly Whitney

Hi Everyone! I hail from midcoast Maine and graduated from Williams College in 2012 with a degree in Sociology. I’m so excited to return to Truckee for my second year on the elite team and to continue coaching at Truckee High School and Auburn Ski Club. Last season, I had the opportunity to compete for the first time at US Nationals and the American Birkebeiner and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve this season on the national circuit. I am also excited to race locally in the Tahoe area and compete once again for the Fischer Cup. Think Snow!