Monday, March 28, 2011

A long and eventful winter...

Photo Yukon News

It has been a lot of fun racing this second half of the season. A lot of travel and some exciting ups and downs. Going back to February, after NCAA Central Regionals, I flew directly to Halifax for the Canada Winter Games. This meant 6 races in a mere 8 days and although I tried my best, I could not stay healthy. I had some a few good results though, I ended up 4th overall on the NCAA Central circuit with some decent finishes at Regionals and at Canada Games, I got my sprint groove back and finished 14th on the day with a 9th in the qualifier which was a good boost.

Skate Sprint at CWGs Photo: Bob Nishikawa
Some ice fishing on the lake, DG photo
After Canada Games, I came home to Whitehorse and put some great training in with David Greer to get ready for Canadian Nationals in Canmore. We got rested and recovered and had some time to go ice fishing at the Greer's cabin. Nationals was exciting and a great re-introduction into the level of competition we have in Canada. My best finish came in the 15k classic with a 22nd. The sprint was a bit disappointing as I advanced through my quarter but was later disqualified for a dangerous pass. It was tough to go from a guaranteed top 12 or better to 30th on the day, but like before, I was happy to find my sprint.
Photo: Bob Nishikawa
After Nationals, I was up to 30 races for the season which is my highest yet. I came in to fall with the plan to race a lot-I need races to find my shape and also figured that the more you do, the easier it is to find those great ones and forget about the not-so-great-ones. Overall, I had a lo of fun racing, travelling and being a part of the Canada Games.
After the Relay CWG photo: Bob Nishikawa

As of now, I am quite exhausted from the Buckwheat Ski Classic 50k. This year I managed to win it in a sprint finish with David Greer. It is a special race with some legendary personalities and I was happy I could claw my way back to the lead pack after being dropped at about 40k. Since I am graduating this semester, I was allowed by the NCAA to accept the $500 prize. Not bad!

Now is the time for some relaxation and catching up with friends as well as some unbeatable spring skiing. I will keep you updated as I head into an intense training summer here in Canada.

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