Yesterday was the last race of the festival here in West. The girls did 5k and the dudes 10k, both individual classic. The tracks actually set up really nice, and it was even what the Alaskans would call “warm”.
The APU ladies had another ridiculous day… They put 5 in the top 8 and also the top 5 Americans. If you want proof of this domination, just check out the main article on the Fasterskier homepage for results. It’s insane.
On the guys side of things, Dengel Spice showed everyone what was up. Bart has been just killing it in training all summer and fall, and we all knew that when he put it all together, he would destroy people. Placing second to Leif, who has proven to be one of the best W Yellowstone racers, is a huge result for the Valdez boy.
I had a decent race, considering how I felt that morning and the relentlessness of the course. The big difference from Fridays skate race was that I felt like I was actually racing, instead of just plodding around with a lactate flood.
The awards ceremony was pretty fun, just to see how many team-mates we had up there. Even though Lars couldn’t make it, there were APU’ers walking up for pretty much every single podium. So sweet. Since there were so many, heres a little montage: