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.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Unfortunately in California, "High Speed Internet" apparently means "dialup".. so the short story is that New England rocked it today and the Burkies definitely left their mark (1st place OJ boys relay anyone?) and there are lots of great pictures to go along with the story but they won't load so I'll get plenty of them up as soon as possible. For now I've been at least able to put up a glam shot of the entire team.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Due to poor internet service at the hotel this week, the blog has been somewhat neglected so far but I'm still trying to at least get pictures up and maybe a little blurb about the day when possible. The conditions were perfect for racing- hard packed powder that stayed firm throughout the day despite the rising temperatures. The mass starts were a little messy at times, lots of broken poles and tripped up High Plains skiers, but the wide trails were perfect for racing. Corinne was the top New England J1 of the day, ending up in 8th place after face-planting 10m from the finish. In the OJ boys race, after the first lap Sam was in the lead pack along with Midd skiers Graham Egan and Chase Marston, while Lucas was skiing conservatively in the top 30. After they disappeared for the second 7.5k lap we kept getting radio reports of New England skiers moving up and ahead of the other skiers until they finally came back into the stadium for the last 150 meters. Chase had a 2 second lead on Graham and a Rocky Mtn kid, and Sam soared into 6th place after a fall 1k from the finish. The East in general had a pretty good day, although the Classic race tomorrow is really our strength.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
As promised, the sun has been beating down on us since we got to Truckee late Friday night, the snow is deep, and the trails are perfectly groomed. The only problem is that we can't ski very hard or very long the first couple days out here while the low-landers acclimatize to the increased UVs and decreased oxygen intake. The hardest part of the trip for me so far has been the drive up Donner Pass to the Auburn Ski Club while looking out at the barely touched powder and epic lines that I won't have time to ski while we are here. Fortunately its possible to hop off of the edge of the nordic trails at almost any point on the race course to ski some powder down to a lower part of the course.