I just wrapped the last 2 races of my 3 week roadtrip in Rossland with a pair of skate races. Both went better than the weekend before and I seem to be racing progressively better this season. Saturday’s skate sprint went quite well. Despite having a mediocre qualifier. l I managed to finish 4th in my quarter final--only a couple seconds from the leader. The race was a step in the right direction, but I feel I still need to work on my top speed over Christmas to find my sprinting groove.
Sunday’s 15k Mass Start Skate went wel.. I finished 12th overall in the competitive open men’s division. I paced my race quite well and felt for the first time this season that I was able to really bear down and exert myself. I slowly moved up the field from about 20th to put myself in position for a top 15. After catching a few faders, I finished 12th and about 1:20 back from race winner Kevin Sandau. So far my Noram finishes this year have been 23rd, 17th, 22nd, 12th.
Quarterfinal Action on Saturday (photo: http://www.dgreer.ca/)
Big Thanks to Jonathon Kerr, Amanda Deuling and Alain Masson for the great skis and race support! Now we are enroute home to Whitehorse for a 3 week break in the racing schedule. I am looking forward to a nice training block at home to prepare for some big races down the stretch!
Results for Sunday's skate race: