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Season Wrap up from Sun Valley

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Following the conclusion of the World Cup racing season, I made one last stop over in Sun Valley, Idaho for the final domestic races of the winter.  With five races in 7 days, it was a busy couple of weeks.

The first race was the 30km US National Championship.  It was a challenging mass-start race of four laps around a tough 7.2km loop.  I took the lead halfway through the race and despite some gnarly cramps in the final 10km managed to take my 16th US National title.  The next four races were contested as a mini-tour, with cumulative times and an overall champion.

In the opening race, the 2.8km skate prologue, I skied to a 16 second victory in just over seven minutes.  The second race of the tour was a 10km classic mass-start with some cash bonuses up for grabs.  I skied from the front once again, taking all four preems and held off some strong challengers in the last kilometers for another victory.  After a day off we were back at it with classic sprints.  The sun was hot and the snow was slow but I felt great and skied to the win.  I did manage to get a wicked sunburn on my arms in the process.  The final race was a 4km skate hill climb up Dollar Mountain.  I started with over a minute lead, but pitted myself against the clock and skied all out to take the stage victory and the overall.  In total I won six golden belt buckles over the course of the week.  It was the perfect end to my best season to date.

Before leaving Sun Valley I got to help lead an awesome Fast and Female ski day, enjoying ski drills, dancing, yoga and healthy eating with over 70 girls.  Now the season is over and it’s officially time for some R&R.  Enjoy spring everyone!