The first Eastern Cup races are this weekend, up in Stowe. These are the races that are used to determine year-end standings in NENSA, and we get awarded USSA points, too, so they're kind of a big deal. If I were a junior skier, I'd be trying to make it to JOs based on my results in this race, so the fields are usually large and stacked with top juniors, collegians, and a couple scrubs like me who can't give up on skiing just yet. There is even a rumor going around that Liz Stephen (US ski team member) is going to be racing, which is good news for the points.
This year, I can run faster than last year. I can double pole faster. I can do more pushups. My training has been more ski-specific. I have better technique. I am more rested. So why am I still so nervous?