Get The Fun

I’d like to preface this post by saying how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of the supertour finals as an athlete these past few days. I’ve just finished racing the first three races in the mini-tour, and will now be switching over to the volunteer aspect of the competitions. The pressure of racing is off, and weather permitting, it’s time for me to have some fun in the California sun.

Can you see the lake?

Today was the course inspection day for the 2013 Supertour Finals pursuit style hill climb event being hosted at Royal Gorge and Sugarbowl tomorrow morning. The race course starts with three kilometers of flat skiing in the meadow at Royal Gorge and then climbs up the alpine area at Sugarbowl to the top of the Disney lift. It’s going to be brutal, especially in soft conditions. But Sugarbowl graciously offered lift tickets to the athletes as a part of their inspection of the course, and I -of course- seized the opportunity to show my xc athlete credentials in order to strap on some fatter skis (relatively speaking) for the day, and rip around at a place I’ve never skied before. I did a quick inspection of the cat-track leading up to the top, and then proceeded to “inspect” the other terrain and chairlifts Sugarbowl had to offer.

It started as a foggy and misty day, especially at the higher elevations. Today also happened to be #summitsunday. The  summit photo (above) is of me at the overlooking lake view. Can you see it? Eventually the clouds burned off and it became a beautiful sunny day.
I can’t express how much fun I had skiing today with all the other nordies. I met a bunch of new people too. I’ve gotta say, take a bunch of nordic skiers downhilling and you’ll laugh your butt off at their enthusiasm, questionable ski attire, and unfamiliarity with edges. You can’t look down us too much though, because we shred with so much passion that it makes up for our downhill technique flaws. On the whole you can tell that we’ll can get down the mountain, but it’s rather unpolished and that makes it all the more fun. My only wish was that there was one more rest day between today’s “inspection” and the race day so that more of the athletes could have come skiing all day, instead of being worried about saving their legs for tomorrow. You gotta get the fun while there’s still fun to be had.
-Gus Truck
Music: I’m beginning to forget which songs I’ve shared here. Here are several I’m not sure whether have made an appearance yet.
Calexico’s “Splitter” I like the driving rhythm guitar.
CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share” Turn it up, close your eyes, rock to it. Sorry for the swear.
The Decemberists “Rox in the Box” 1) Girls Skateboarding. 2) The lyrics. I can’t decide if it’s about mining, or sailing, or general hardship, or suicide, or what. but I like it.
About Gus

My full name is Gustavo, though I go by Gus. I was a member of the UNR NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010 and a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club. I have been a Far West Farm Team member for 2 seasons so far and am looking forward to my third year. I’m working my way toward being a ski coach and english teacher, while still trying to be as fast as I can be. I love mountains and canyons and rivers. My favorite place to be outside of skiing is in the Grand Canyon, though I don’t get to go there as much as I’d like. I’ve started a collaborative project called #summitsunday this year. Check it out and join the movement at summitsunday.blogspot.com