Only 3 Mo’ Days! + 10km Classic + A Wild Drive!

Pate NeumannNovember 28, 2011
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Things wrapped up pretty nicely in West Yellowstone on Saturday. The 10km classic race was one of my better classic races to date. I was still 53 seconds off of teammate Graeme Killick’s winning time, but things felt good. My body felt way better then in Fridays 15km skate (I think I needed a good hard effort to blow the crap out of my legs). It felt strong technically, and I stuck to my race plan. Now I just need to figure out how to find those 53 seconds!

Overall I am very happy with our trip to West Yellowstone. It was nice to get the first races of the year under my belt. The first race weekend of the season is always a shock to the system, and the fact that these races were at over 2000m in elevation made it a serious shock. I have a good idea of where my fitness stands, and I have a solid plan moving forwards towards Silverstar and Rossland. Spending a week at altitude is also going to help out when we hit the start line in Silverstar!

Yesterday we finished our long drive home to Canmore. The last 4 hours of the drive were pretty exciting. Check out these pictures and the article from CBC below…

This pretty much sums up the drive “gusts reaching 144 km/h in Claresholm, equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane.” We drove through Lethbridge, Fort McLeod, Claresholm and into the south of Calgary. Pretty much right through the entire wind tunnel.

Flipped truck #1.

 Flipped truck #2
 Flipped truck #3

 Flipped truck #4

Here is the link to the CBC ARTICLE. We eventually passed 5 flipped transport trucks. The academy van and trailer were rock solid, thanks to the over packing by myself and some of my teammates. Better safe then sorry!

This week is going to be a medium training week with some rest at the beginning to recover from Yellowstone and some racing at the end of the week. We have the Alberta Cup skate sprint Saturday and a Classic 10km Sunday. Should be a good time!

Over and out.


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