With the hectic race and travel schedule of the tour de ski it’s been a while since I’ve had a post, but I’ll try to give a quick update now that Grover and I have made our way to Oberwiesenthal and will now have a break form racing.
The Scene in Oberhof for the start of the Tour was pretty cool. I had jess with me and we traveled by train from Austria a few days before the start of the Prologue. As you can image she wasn’t too stoked to be spending New Years eve in Eastern Germany especially because our hotel was a piece of crap. Like really bad. It was just us and the Italian team there and this place was real ghetto. It was one of those places that you know just opened up for the weekend of the World Cup just to try to make some money and other than that they were probably closed the rest of the year. Jess and I had a room with a mattress on the floor and it smelled like someone had been chain smoking in our bathroom and this hotel was still trying to get us to pay world cup rates, which is 120 SF, for something that would normally got for 50. So that sucked, but other than that is was a good scene.
For New Years even we went into Oberhof to chill out with Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey who were in town training and getting ready for the Biathlon races this weekend. Tim’s girlfriend, Andrea Henkel, is a hometown Biathlon hero from there so we got to hang out with some German biathletes and have a good time which was a good excuse to get us out of our shit hotel.
The next day the Tour started with the Prologue. This was my second time ever racing a prologue distance race and both times they have hurt more than most races I do all year long. It’s a suffer fest. But it was cool to try something different. I have to admit that racing in the Tour de Ski is definitely an experience. I really liked the feeling of racing every day and having all the athletes skiing all disciplines of races. You just kind of getting in the racing zone. All the Athletes get in these weird schedules too because the races are all in the afternoon or evening so most people are tired but at the same time really wired at night from the competitions. So a lot of the time we’re not eating dinning until 9 or 10 and usually not getting to bed until midnight or later so everyone was sleeping in until like 10 in the morning. So it’s a different race scene. But that’s what the Tour is all about… trying to handle everything.
I won’t go into much race recap for you but the past 4 days have been a lot of fun. The 15k classic race was sick. A five lapper with a lot of spectators and some big groups of people to ski with. Last night’s race in Prague was pretty epic too considering the conditions. There was a few times during warm up and even during the race that I literally felt like I didn’t know how to ski. That’s how tricky the snow was. I don’t know if anyone saw it on TV but it must have looked funny when we were double poling in a skate sprint because it was faster across the deep snow of the back stretch. Weird. Anyway here are two pics from Prague that I snapped during my morning job before the race.