Racing is starting . . . and
it’s not a gentle introduction to competition, but begins full force
with eight races over three consecutive weeks of Canada Cups in (1)
Silvertar/Sovereign Lakes, BC, (2) Canmore AB, and (3) Valcartier, Quebec.
Now is a time when I’m especially appreciative of the specific dryland
training I’ve done, since it makes the transition to snow that much
easier. On snow sessions in Montmorency and last week in the Gatineau
park should also make this early season racing a better experience.
Racing form is always a big
question mark with these early season races. As Karl eloquently outlined
I’ve had two great distance
races in Silverstar and one poor one – I’m hoping this year’s
event tips the odds in favor of good early season racing.
Silverstar week in November
is becoming a sort of family tradition. We never planned it like this,
but after coming for the first time 4 years ago, it’s been hard to
resist the draw of such a great cross-country skiing destination. One
of my favorite parts walking out the door and putting our skis on, rather
than driving to the trails – this works especially well with kids
. . . I feel really lucky to be able to mix family holidays with
a few races!
We arrived yesterday afternoon.
Our drive up the mountain was typical: the airport in Kelowna was green,
we drove through Vernon - which was snowless, gloomy, and cloudy, but
broke through the clouds to bright sunshine and snow once we reached
Silverstar. Other XC Ottawa team racing here are Andrew, Karl, Justin,
Megan, and Alana, plus our Vancouver contingent Ed and Tom who arrive
later in the week. Here’s the racing schedule for the next three weeks.
Dec 1 – Sovereign Lakes, BC: individual start skate (women 10k; men 15k)
Dec 2 – Sovereign Lakes, BC: classic Sprint
Dec 6 – Canmore, AB: pursuit (women 10k; men 15k)
Dec 8 – Canmore, AB: sprint skate
Dec 9 – Canmore, AB: individual start classic (women 5k; men 15k)
Dec 13 – Valcartier, QC: Sprint
Dec 15 – Valcartier, QC: Pursuit (10k women; 20k men)
Dec 16 – Valcartier, QC:
Mass start classic (5k women; 10k men)
Sheila in front of her temporary Silver Star home.