March 31st, 2010
We had a great time up here this past weekend at the SuperTour finals. The first tour de ski type event on home soil went off well thanks to some good organizing by Will Sweetser and the rest of the crew at the MWSC, Four Season’s trails, and 10th Mountain Center. I know there were a lot of tense moments leading up to this event wondering if the snow was going hold. Actually I think the snow last week and the cold weather over the weekend must have been a little divine intervention. It was amazing how quickly it turned into spring up here once the weekend was over, the past two days it has been pouring rain and all the snow has disappeared in my yard.
There was some good racing action. The mass start classic was fast and exciting due to some hard and icy tracks. I was pleased with my classic race, my start position wasn’t great, but I was able to work my way to the front in the first lap and was able to fight hard in the lead pack for two laps. A fade towards the finish left me in tenth, but I did my best and was pleased with my effort. The sprint on Saturday was also really fast skiing, but I couldn’t quite get up to speed, after the qualification I was sitting in 31st place, an unfortunate place to be. This weekend was the debut of the Madawaska trails to high level racing, and I have heard only good things from coaches and athletes about the venue and volunteers. Personally I really like skiing there, the view of the St John river valley is one of the best around and the folks who take care of the place are fired up about skiing.
On Sunday I had a start spot in the late I teens for the hill climb, but I was a long way out. It being the last race of the year I had the simple goal of giving it my all and enjoying myself. Luckily I had some good skaters starting behind me, so I hung on and fought hard on the hill to hang on for a decent finish. In the overall I lost a few spots, but given my history with hill climbs I was pleased with the day. I had enough left in the tank and the legs to sprint to the finish with a few guys.
So right now I am hanging out watching the rain fall. I have put away my ski clothes for a bit, and have already cleaned and summer waxed my race skis. This afternoon I am taking off for New York City to go visit some friends over the weekend!