I skate rollerskied some intervals around the Soldier Hollow paved trails this morning. Being back in Park city brings back a lot of memories of my race career. I’ve been here so often over the past few years it feels very much like home. It’s odd how race venues make such an intense impact on my memory. Looking at the FIS website, I’ve only competed in 16 races here, it feels like more. Maybe because we did so many training camps out here.
The first weekend I raced here I earned 346.69 FIS points (if you don’t ski race, that’s really, really bad). The next year I came back to the same RMISA invite and finished with 177.22 FIS points (again, if you don’t ski, that’s much better). Two years later I won the same RMISA invite. My first, and, let’s be honest, only, RMISA victory. I remember sitting in the little Homestead computer room with Tara Gregg and she said, “I think you won the race.” I didn’t believe her at first.
It is pretty cool to have one place stay the same and to be able to come back to it year after year and feel the hills getting less steep and the loops getting shorter.