So, point is my blog about JO’s got lost in the vastness of my computer, go figure. Now, it’s probably not even worth it to talk about JO’s, but something else that has been on everyone’s minds.. SPRINGTIME! April: the month of resilience. You wake up and consider wearing a skirt, then realize that you’re legs are literally glowing white and you have bruises on your knees from falling three times in the Marathon, lovely. Then of course, it snows and you’re back in your down jacket and boots. Point is, this is the transition time of year.
The fact dawned on me after JO’s. That racing was practically over and that yes, the dreaded word, running would have to start soon. The bad memories of injury started flooding my brain IT band, shin splints, hip flexer. What injury was I going to get this year?? Oh dear. Then, on my birthday, I went for a run. Just a half an hour at about an 11 minute mile pace (not breaking any records here). Truth is, it wasn’t that bad. I was honestly getting tired of “slush skiing” after school and it felt good to get my feet on dirt.
Now being me, I am still diligently wearing winter clothes and my running shirts are still stuffed away in a drawer. I am however, somewhat making a good mental and physical transition into the supposedly warmer months. Sure, I’ll be able to ski well into May, but I have to say beginning to run is an important step to take in April so that you’re ready to go in May. For now, lets be glad that JO’s isn’t gnawing at the back of our brains anymore, look ahead, and start making the transition!
Even though it’s from our friends at NENSA in New England, this is a nice overall recap on the week.
Note the last line: Next year in 2012, this competition will be officially named “Junior Nationals.”
What a difference a week makes, campers! This is a shot of the webcam at the bottom of the u-turn hill near the wax trailers, taken today!
The last racing gallery of the week is uploading now…Check ‘em out!
JUNIOR OLYMPICS 2011 RELAY COMPETITIONS
What a long day after a very difficult, long, but rewarding week in Minnesota! Up at 4:15 am (which was actually 3:15 after the time change), to the airport and home to Truckee. I almost didn’t bother going skiing, seeing 40 degree temperatures and rain/snow/clouds.
Even though the snow was as smushy as Smuckers strawberry jam, and the skies were spitting pellets of who-knows-what, a trip up to I’m OK, Euer OK, screaming down to the valley singing along with Bob Marley (One Love, if you must know), came close to bringing tears to my eyes. Tahoe Donner, the Sierra Nevada….
Relay pics will be up soon, but there’s real life setting in quickly and a pile of mail to sort out. Until then…
Today was the last race for the 2011 JOs, the classic relay. It was a good race, even though it was the coldest its been all week. I mean, it was cold AND windy! And of course, I took off my warm-ups 20 minutes before I went out. Iwas the second leg for Dylan as a starter and Jackson Rohlf as the anchor. The course was fun. It was the same course as the classic mass and the skate interval, but guess what! They leftout the loop with all the hard hills! But the best part of all, not hard wax, not zeros, but KLISTER!!!! I even did a little klister dance. I wasn’t quite as thrilled however when I found a glob of it in my bag. All in all, this was a great trip that will give me valuable experience for when I am big enough to slug it out with these guys. I think the Marriott staff is just as exhausted as we are and will be glad to not have 500 adrenaline pumped kids trashing their workplace and occupying their comfy chairs with their laptops. I am glad that I don’t have to get up at 5:00 am anymore. Except for tomorrow, when I have to get up earlier. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about this,
THANK YOU BEN, JEFF, NANCY, ALANA, KARA, JOEL,
MARK, MARY ELLEN, MARRIOTT STAFF, AND ALL
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CREWS AND VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oof. I’m absolutely whooped. Skate race was hecka fast and I went fast. I got 57th, but Far West overall had a great day. Our J2 boys all had 5 km times between 12 and 15 minutes. Dylan took an incredible 36th. He started 15 seconds behind we and caught me in 1.5 km. Julien had a great race, and Laurel had the race of her life. Before today, Mid-Atlantic was only 2 points ahead of Far West in team standings and we have definitely beaten them even with just the J2s. Many people on our team had great races and we intend to tear it up in the relay tomorrow. Actually no, we don’t want to rip it up because that would mean we were herringboning .
FAR WEST FAR BEST!!!!!
Well, I had INTENDED to post regularly to the blog. Thank goodness for Mr. Z and his prolific posting! And props to Filly for finally chiming in on the upper-classmen level.
The amount of free time coaches have is pretty minimal, and then when I add in photo organizing and other computer tasks, it seems like 11 pm is the only time to get in a word edge-wise. And when you’re getting up at 5 am, that’s a dangerous mode of transportation. So it’s wax on, wax off for us, and it’s hard to believe we’re on the downward side of the week. In case you missed them, I posted a couple of galleries at macbethgraphics.smugmug.com. Check ‘em out.