The race season finally kicked off last weekend after I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas all of last week. This past training season felt longer and harder than it ever has and I was totally excited to get this show on the road and get to the fun part - racing.
Our team had done a number of on-snow time trials but nothing quite matches the feeling of the stadium the day of a race, putting on a bib and just going for it. The energy is higher, the excitment is higher and the vibe was is just all around better.
This year's season openers were hosted at the Canmore Nordic Centre and served not only as NorAms but also as qualifiers for the World Cups being hosted in Canada this week. On the line were start spots for team and individual sprints to be held in Quebec City, a Sprint in Canmore, as well as classic and pursuit races in Canmore. It's a huge opportunity to have Canada host World Cup races since it means we get extra quota start spots for developing domestic skiers.
(** Photos courtesy of James Cunningham/CCC Facebook and Stoneham Ski Apparel/www.stonehamski.ca. Thank you!)
|Start of a men's sprint heat, love that race day scene!|
|Quarter final action, duking it out with teammate Annika Hicks (background). Thanks to Stoneham for the sweet new race suits. www.stonehamski.ca)|
|Intense semi-final, my teammates are in black and had a great day of racing!|
|Skiing through the lap with junior teammate Britt Evans who had sweet races all weekend!|
|A real highlight from last week was an afternoon tea party with old friends Catherine, Anna and Erin. We all skied together on Team Hardwood back in highschool and haven't forgotten about each other or our love for the sport. Good Times!|
Thanks for checking in, onwards and upwards!