On Wednesday Scott and I drove up to Kelowna, B.C. to race in Western Canadian Championships, a NorAm mini-tour. The weekend holds a 1.3km skate sprint, a 3.5km classic prologue, and a 15km skate pursuit. I’ve been getting a few really solid weeks of training in at home following US Nationals, in addition to a few local races. Despite the fact that most of the US SuperTour field is racing this weekend in the Boulder Mtn. Tour, I knew the points up here in Canada should be pretty good given that most of the Canadian National Team guys would be here.
I dialed in a pretty decent condo on Ownerdirect.com for cheaper than the race accomodations and we settled in on Wednesday night. On Thursday, our team massage therapist Alison Hanks, and my dad drove up to meet us. It made me feel pretty pampered today, having three “support staffers” for one athlete. Scott was prepping and testing skis, Dad was getting bibs and running spare poles on the course, Alison was shuttling skis, food and keeping me company in between heats while I spun on the bike in the stadium.
Tomorrow’s a quick race on a twisty-turny up and down course. Should be fast and hard. More to come.