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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Busy, busy.

The busiest time is the afternoon/evening after a race when you have another race the next day. Not only do you have to take care of all the post-race stuff, you have to do all the usual pre-race stuff too. That's my excuse for not writing yesterday. I did try to post some pictures, but the picture posting function isn't working very well either. Wow, am I full of excuses today or what.

At least I don't have any excuses for the races. Great skis, both today and yesterday, thanks to Fish. Both days the course was better than I had hoped for. The sun came out today and started to turn the course into slush, but it was nothing compared to what the guys are going through right now. Poor suckers. I skied well today, in my opinion, better than yesterday. Yesterday my fifth km was weak, today I skied consistently and hard the entire 10km. I snuck into 12th place today, by 0.3seconds ahead of Morgan Arritola, phew, getting beat by less than a second sucks so I'm glad I was on the lucky end of that tie. Kikkan Randall was second today, again by 9 seconds to Alexa Turzien. Alexa caught a lucky break on her second lap because she came through right when Kikkan started and (so I hear) managed to catch a ride for most of her second lap. Not that that makes her win any less impressive.

Yesterday I was third so I got to go up on the podium for the flower ceremony after the race. I'm starting to get the podium thing down, but I'm not quite there yet. I had all the appropriate gear on, stole Compton's Toko ski tie since FIS won't let us wear our water belts on the podium anymore. I made it through the awards fine, smiled for the cameras, momentarily thought I was cool. Then that finished up and Compton and I finally started our escape to freedom and cool down. I put on my skis and tried to stride and almost fell on my face because I forgot to take the Toko ski tie off of my ski. And that's when I realized that, no matter how fast I get, there's a good chance I'm never going to be cool.

Today I had a stellar cooldown with Kristina Owen and Kari Koos. The three of us have been skiing together since we were little annoying J6's. It's nice to have the Leavenworth crew together again. Even Torin Koos graced us with his illustrius presence for a short while.


Blogger Christopher Tassava said...

Congratulations on the great results! I hope the sprints go well, too. Say hi to Doug Oppliger for me - he was my XC coach back when I was (on) the ski team for Hancock Central High. He and Shawn are great people. And fast. Don't take any more walks to the Co-op!

January 04, 2007 12:08 PM  
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