XCFeedsLake Placid Wrap-Up

FasterSkier FasterSkierOctober 12, 2009

The Lake Placid Camp at the Olympic Training Center concluded Wednesday with the annual Climb to the Castle time trial. Anyone who has done it, knows how grueling and tough this race is! It is a five-mile climb up the Whiteface Mountain toll road and gains a total elevation of 3,500 feet. It is one thing to race up the road in the first place and it is another thing to race up the road in adverse weather conditions. Weather was not on our side on Wendesday and racers toughed out the rain, wind, fog and sleet!br /br /div style=”text-align: center;”a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNHwVT9DbI/AAAAAAAAAdo/c4b05eJr1OU/s1600-h/2+7+Morgan+Arritola+1.jpg”img style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 191px;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNHwVT9DbI/AAAAAAAAAdo/c4b05eJr1OU/s320/2+7+Morgan+Arritola+1.jpg” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5391732074572746162″ border=”0″ //aspan style=”font-style: italic;”The lead woman’s pack, charging up the mountain through the fog!br /br //span/divWednesday was definitely a mental race! I went into the race excited and ready to put the hurt on. The first two miles of the race started at a comfortable pace with a long train of girls. The pace gradually picked up as the race progressed, slowly breaking up the pack. I positioned myself in the middle of the pack and made an effort to close the gap when girls dropped off. By the third mile, the train broke up and I was with the front pack of five girls. The weather began to change and the fog, wind and rain began to settle in…the tough part of the race was on! I tried to stick with the pack but they slowly pulled away from me. Before I knew it, I was all by myself. Once you get dropped from the pack, it is very difficult to catch up by yourself. I kept my head down and worked as hard as I could against the wind. At one point, the wind was so strong that I was hardly moving! I anticipated the pack of girls behind me to catch me, but I was pleasantly surprised when I crossed the finish line by myself, one minute ahead of anyone else. I finished 6th over-all, two minutes behind the top female. This was a good and encouraging result for me, but I still have a two-minute gap to work on.br /br /I am currently spending the week in Vermont with my boyfriend, and enjoying some rest and recovery after such an intese camp. The fall colors in the east are always amazing and beautiful!br /br /div style=”text-align: center;”a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNM4oTMCUI/AAAAAAAAAdw/IrbdxNG5AWs/s1600-h/1+9+women+bound.jpg”img style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 213px;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNM4oTMCUI/AAAAAAAAAdw/IrbdxNG5AWs/s320/1+9+women+bound.jpg” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5391737714666899778″ border=”0″ //aspan style=”font-style: italic;”Level 4 bounding intervals up Whiteface.br /br //span/divI am headed back to Kethcum on Thursday. Five inches of snow fell in Kethcum last week, enough to put the skis on and tromp around. I’m sure it has melted by now, but I am looking forward to some snow and maybe some early skiing this season. Until then, I will enjoy the beautiful scenery in the east!br /br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNN4jxQHeI/AAAAAAAAAd4/I7PK5_t99eY/s1600-h/1+7+barns+end.jpg”img style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 213px;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bfd1dFDmRWA/StNN4jxQHeI/AAAAAAAAAd4/I7PK5_t99eY/s320/1+7+barns+end.jpg” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5391738812962446818″ border=”0″ //adiv class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5903545846797966075-6002679683239345750?l=in-the-arena-nicole.blogspot.com’ alt=” //div

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