Because one weekend of coaching wouldn't have been enough, I led up the small band of athletes who were racing in the Supertour at Craftsbury. Too late, I discovered that I could have raced even without a USSA license, which was a bummer, because I totally could have raced, and I've been itching to get some racing in. The day could have been a disaster, when I left my skate boots at home (oops), but luckily the Craftsbury Outdoors Center rents NNN boots, and I was able to test wax as planned. Phew, that was a close one. Other misstep was forgetting the forms that slide onto the bench, but I was able to improvise that one just fine. The rest of the day went off without a hitch, and my skiers again skied super well. Super fun to watch them excel.
(note the gloves around wax boxes taped to the bench - we call that zorshfulness where I'm from).
The A-team coming back from bib pick-up on Sunday.
After the races, I figured it was time to head out for some Birkie-training, and set my sights on 50k for the day, even though I'd spent the first 13k wax testing all stop-and-go, it counts. It was a truly awesome day for skiing, fresh cold snow packed well under sunny skies, and my skis were ripping fast.
Saturday was a 15/20k classic race, and that's pretty long for junior skiers, so most of them sat it out. Rob was back from Finland and back at the helm, so I figured I'd give him some space, and met up with my parents and Ed at Mad River Glen for some fun skiing. Took a run to remember, but then the endorphins from teleskiing hit hard, and I forgot how much I'd missed this silly sport. Make it feel like it should, as they say in the Colby outing club. Gorgeous day for skiing, if a little thin on the snow front.
He's still got it! and that confident lady in the background was skiing better than I remember; it's been years since I skied with the parental units, and they're skiing just how I remember.
Ed still rocking the old-school Salomon skis.
Sunday was a sprint race, and I didn't get any photos, but we were down to just four skiers to coach. All four women qualified for the open heats, against some of the best in the country. That was pretty exciting, but then watching Zoe advance as lucky loser on a seriously tough course was even more exciting. She didn't make it out of the semis, but you gotta start somewhere!
I'm really itching for another race effort before the Birkie, Tuesday nights aside, so I've signed up for the 10k skate on Saturday at Waterville Valley. Should be good fresh snow, given the latest snowpocalypse, and I can't wait to take the new fresh-snow Madshus for a real race!