Racing at the Sovereign Lake trails hurts. Every race is pretty painful but this place just doesn’t let up. Lots of good climbs but they have found a way to take the rest out of the downhills and throw in a fair amount of rolling/flat terrain so you don’t get much of a chance to rest out there. Pretty much everyone I talked to after the race said they felt terrible out there. That’s just how racing here is. For myself, I felt like a hack. All I could do was try to keep the body moving forward. I skied okay for myself ending up 2nd, about 40 seconds back to Kuzzy who is skating super well right now. At 10k I was only 10 seconds back to him and I had a pretty weak section of skiing from about 10-13k where I lost most of the time to him.
Today served as a Canadian Olympic qualifier race where the top Canadian gets an automatic trip to the Games. Gord Jewett got the spot. He’s another 31 year old not on their National Team so I was psyched to see him get it. It was a bit of a surprise showing for Canada. Quite a few were expecting them to ski really well but they only had 1 guy in the top 6…
Tomorrow I will jump in the sprint race and then travel back home on Monday to take little break and get ready for Nationals. Looking forward to seeing my girls!