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,
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!!!!!
Forgot to mention in last post, but we finally got to go to the Mall of Amurrica yesterday. It was kinda overkill. I mean, it was just so huge and extravagant, it was dull and monotonous. There’s a huge Nickelodeon themed amusment park in the center. I’m talking two football fields huge. And nothing wakes you up like looking up and staring at a giant mannequin of Dora the Explorer. And every other store is a shoe store! Vans here! Crocs there! Uggs here! Something incredibly stupid and nonsensical there! You could have bulit a regular strip mall out of all the shoes in that place! The most worthwhile thing I did in there was play with all the things in the Apple store. THE IPAD IS AWESOME! Just really heavy.
To start off the morning, I slept through all three of the alarms Julien and I set and Julien just left and went to breakfast. I woke up 15 minutes later. Then, the 7:30 buses for the J2s didn’t show up until 8:00 while we all just sat on the floor. This morning we skied skate for tomorrow. The course is the same for the classic mass and the skate interval start but I think it’s harder on skating. But thats just because I love classic. I remember when I first started winning classic races (when I was 7 or 8) Skyler Mullings gave me the nickname “klister man”. I didn’t even know what klister was! Anyway, I’ll have a post up about the race tomorrow morning.
So I just got back from the classic mass start. That was intense. About half of the J2s wiped out in the first kilometer. Before I got around the first turn, one guy crashed in front of me. Then he tripped two more. And they each tripped another. I had to ski straight through the middle of this mosh pit of poles, skis, and athletes. The race didn’t settle down until about 2.5 km. Until thein it was *left foot! right! jump! change track! left foot! yank pole out from under ski! change track!* and so on and so forth. I got 55th again and my kick kinda came and went. So far JOs have been the hardest races of my life.
So today we skiied the classic course for tomorrow. It’s really hard. I can think of 4 MAJOR hills off the top of my head but that favors me. I really pity those J1 and OJ boys who have to do it three times. I’ll probably lose some ground on the downhills though because pretty much all of the J2s here are built like Dylan Syben. Today I skiied on my Fischer crown revolutions which are probably around 150 centimeters long. I had no glide or grip and everyone laughed at me. It was good skiing though We’re supposed to get 2 inches of snow tonight so that will probably make the waxing easier.
I forgot to mention this in the previous post, but I broke my ski boot too. I will try to sum it up in this little melodrama below,
DUCT TAPE: A TRUE STORY
So it was 6:00 am yester morning and I was groggily getting ready to go skiing. I slid my foot into my boot, tied the laces, and what happens next, but BAM! The stupid zipper breaks. BUT! Three guesses what I had in my my backpack. Not super glue, not a swiss army knife but good ol’ DUCT TAPE! So I went out skiing with one boot considerably more silver than the other and it all worked out great. Then after skiing, Mark, having the connections that he does, found me a pair of fancy expensive top of the line Fischer boots to demo for the rest of the week. THANK YOU MARK AND DUCT TAPE!
Just got back from the sprints and I am in pain. Note to self, getting lost on the city streets the night before a race is not good for your legs. Yeah, I did that. For some stupid reason, I got out of the skyway and onto thre streets. Anyway,I took a 55th today with Julien right behind me. None of the FW J2 boys made the heats, but Katrin, Bria, and Laurel made the heats and Katrin and Laurel advanced as the lucky losers to the semis but we don’t know how they did. Looking forward to the classic (thank god) and hoping my legs stop being sore.