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A difficult- rewarding day of races here at the WJT in Callaghan Valley.
I’m not going to lie- it was a tough one for me. Skiathlon’s mean you’re waxing 2 pairs of skis per athlete. Callaghan Valley means you are stressing about weather and snow conditions. Mega props to Eric Bailey and the NDC wax team for helping us out [and for reminding me that for the first 4 years as a training center coach Eric went to every race alone].
Wax decisions went as follows;
Glide: Vauhti Spectra Purple
Grip: Vauhti Blue klister covered with Vauhti Purple hardwax- later upgraded to Vauhti Blue mixed with Universal and topped with K21.
Also a big thank you to Eric Jackson and Don Hill- excellent reinforcements that arrived Thursday morning to help wax and shuttle our athletes.
Now that we’ve established that the wax was perfect let’s move on to the more exciting stuff- racing. Today’s Skiathlon was comprised of a series of laps that led athletes up out of the stadium on a series of switchbacks, then down some screaming fast sketchy corners back into the stadium [Petra 'Mad-Ditch' Majdic anyone?].
What this meant is that if you weren’t really warmed up, or if you went too hard off the start you were cooked. This happened to A LOT of skiers out there today [13 DNF's today]. Lesson: even in a mass start race your own race.
The best result of the day for us was definitely Scott Hill’s outstanding performance in the JrM category. He finished 9th! Scott looked strong and relaxed for the duration of the race and hammered it hard into the finish.
A big high five to OST athlete Alana Thomas’ for her outstanding performance in the Open Women category. Alana finished 3rd overall only 7sec behind the winner Emily Nishikawa. It was a hard fought race and Alana was right there with the best of them. It was really awesome.
OST athlete Matthias Purdon had what I would consider a breakthrough performance today. He finished 8th in U23 less that 2.5min behind NST athlete Micheal Sompii. Hitchhiking out West over Christmas suited him well!
Tomorrow is a training day here in Whistler. We’re going to ski, eat sleep, and generally live the dream. Skate sprint on Saturday. Tune in!
Day 2 in Whistler.
Today we will be focusing on pre-skiing the race courses for the Skiathlon tomorrow and selecting the appropriate skis.
Yesterday the snow here was humid, granular and super hard packed. Similar to what we had at the Whitehorse Nationals in 2010. What does that mean? In all likelihood it means Klister. Blaarh.
But- today Eli made me an epic breakfast so things are looking up. Check in soon!
I am SUPER PUMPED about this weekend. It’s probably fair to say I’m in the top 10% of people excited about Ontario Cup #1 here in Thunder Bay.
For eight months our athletes have been training hard in the relative isolation of their home clubs. Every once and a while a district camp affords athletes the opportunity to train with new people and test themselves against old rivals…but mostly the seasons been full of team practices and even more solo workouts.
Ocups are like a family reunion [if your family is full of a bunch of badass skiers and coaches]. All your favorite people, some of whom you haven’t seen in ages, are all back together! Better yet- I’m guessing your arch rival is here as well- and even though you may act like you hate them we all know you became a better athlete this season knowing they were pushing you.
Probably the best and most nerve inducing thing about the first Ocup of the season is that while everyone knew where they stood last year…it’s a whole new bag-o-tricks this season. No one knows where they stand. Maybe you’ve grown three inches, or maybe you’ve perfected a piece of your technique. Either way you’re a better skier than you were last year and now’s the time to show it.
Today’s classic prologue was short and sweet. Athletes wound there way down from the stadium into the valley before climbing back out on Lappe’s trademark strideable classic hills. This course was a great opportunity for athletes to put all their skiwalking and classic rollerskiing to work. I saw a lot of great technique improvements there. Athletes skied- and some even won medals. Standout performances were had by 1st year Junior girl Jessica Demers of Porcupine who won her category by 23 seconds and Austin Valjas who won his category by almost 27 seconds. Beat that Lenny. http://www.zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=4257&cat=all
Tomorrow we do it all again with a classic sprint starting at 9:30am. So far the conditions are holding up despite the warm temperatures and semi-rain. And if it all falls apart- well, there are always pancakes and the Hoito.