Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The 15k/30k pursuit race on Friday was a real eye-opener into the world of long distance races for both Sam and Corinne, neither of whom had ever raced anything that long before. In the women's race, Corinne skied a smart classic leg, focusing on staying relaxed and smooth so she could really put the hurt on during the skate leg. After changing skis she passed some more girls in front of her who went out too hard and ended up the 4th junior in the event; a very solid performance overall. Sam, who before the race had never raced more than 15k, also looked very relaxed during the classic leg and was right in the mix of juniors, however he was skiing on his "warm" skis for the skate portion due to a travel mishap with his "cold" skis, and he ended up with extremely slow skis for the whole 15k skate leg. Despite the result, it was still a decent race for him, as he had a strong finish and definitely didn't blow up at any point, which is the goal for anyone's first real distance race.