Race season started two weekends ago with Classic Sprints at Sovereign Lake, followed by a 15km Skate the next day. The first races of the season are always fun because you get to see how the whole training season is about to pay off. Winning a sprint race to start the season was exciting for me, since distance races are usually where I perform best. With the 1st place in the Junior Men’s sprint, and 3rd in the Junior Men’s 15km, I couldn’t think of a better way to start a new year of racing!
This past weekend the NorAm race series moved to Rossland for what would be my first mini-tour style race. This consisted of 3 days of racing, starting with a Skate 15km, followed by a skate sprint, and finishing with a 15km classic pursuit. Rossland/Black Jack Ski Club has some of the hardest race courses I have ever skied, making every race a challenge. I was happy with all my races this weekend, and Sunday’s pursuit race marked my first Open Men’s podium as I had the 5th fastest time on the day.
Holiday skiing at Telemark is always my favourite time of year and a good way to keep training. A couple more weeks before departing for Utah to compete for a spot on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s time to eat lots of Christmas baking and ski at home!