U.S XC Nationals Recap

FasterSkierJanuary 10, 2011

When it comes to skiing, there’s a difference between what you think it’s going to be like, what it’s really like, and what you tell your friends it was like.

When Reed, Adam, and I headed off to Rumford I think we all had different expectations, thoughts, and ideas of what it was going to be like when we arrived. When we returned to Rochester the three of us knew what it WAS like to race against past and future Olympians, Junior National Champions, and if for only one week we were ski racers at the biggest show on snow and dirt !

Adam, and Reed raced in the classic sprint, 15k classic, and 10k skate races while I raced in the 15k classic, and 30k skate. As many of you already know the heat wave that hit New Years weekend greatly effected the courses in Rumford, but like any championship event it did not effect the competition. The negative of the lack of snow was that the volunteers, athletes, and coaches all had to do some shoveling, the positive about skiing 15k, or 30k on a 2.5k loop was that you had a lot of fast skiers to ski behind, ski past, and watch ski away! The opportunity to ski a lap or two or three behind a national champion gives you hope and knowledge that you can do it if only for a minute, you know if you work hard enough you can do it for 1 min, then 2min, 3min, 4min, and then hopefully for 30 minuets.

Here are some pictures and video from the past week. Enjoy and hope to see you all at the Super Tour this weekend in Lake Placid !!