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Archive for March, 2008

A Hazy Shade of Spring

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The racing season is finally over, and after 25 races it is a little disappointing that the weather seems to be not quite as ready for spring as I am. Small and numerous snowflakes swirl past my window and cast a hazy cloud of mid-February aura around campus. It is difficult to realize that the muscle-numbing racing flings are over and the recharging period of the spring has arrived.

My mind was certainly still in race mode as our final race series at Canadian Nationals drew to a close. I could feel the exhaustion in my step wherever I walked but I could not get that feeling of flying up hills and driving my body to extremes out of my head. I needed one more go! My fingers tingled at the idea of a 15km mass start skate race at Lake Placid, a low key spring jaunt promising to feature US Biathlete Lowell Bailey.

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Anchorage to Whistler

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

It’s been a wild couple of days for me, my teammates and some other juniors who made their way to Canadien Nationals after Junior Nationals in Alaska. I guess you could say we took Pat Casey’s words to heart and started our 2008/9 season directly after awards on Saturday night logging a good two hour sprint/agility workout on the dance floor. Shoutout to Reese Hanneman for getting lower than anyone else out there and “severely” spraining my foot. New England rounded out with 5 of the top ten places at the dance with strong performances made by Mike Mommsen(NE), Graham Egan(NE), Sam Tarling(NE), Gage Fichter(NE), NOAH HOFFMAN(IM), Erik Anderson(IM), Natalie Flowers(IM), Andrew Tillman(MW), Scott Krankalla(IM) and Parker Tyler(NE). Honerable mention for the evening went to Ian Havlick(IM) who unfortunalty dropped out in the home stretch.

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VIDEO UPDATE!! Extra Blue Extra Sweet, Lucy Garrec

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/463ot_R8OW4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]It was a sweet day in the NE Kingdom, the sun was shining and the weather was just cold enough to feel like good old winter. Everyone was in a good mood after learning about Liz Stephen’s DOMINATION at U23s! Some progressive snowfall over the last couple days have made it hard to keep tracks in place for skiing so it meant some quality time on the alpine hill. Corinne and I took several runs on Wednsday, lets just say my legs felt it at the end of the day! Powder skiing can be rough on the quads to say the least! Some of the team is gearing up for Anchorage and the others are pursuing other exciting races such as the gnarly Mt. Washington race which includes 6ks of straight uphill! Teo Jackson will compete this weekend in the Rangeley Marathon, skiing 50ks of Rangelys toughest terrain. A time trial at Craftsbury with GMVS and CNSC will keep us ready for racing, these tend to get a bit intense we’ll have to keep you updated on that… for now heres a video of our sprint trails on campus! GO LIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!