|Those bluebird days (Emily photo)|
This blog is now grossly overdue... but, at the very end of Spring Break some of the team travelled over to Craftsbury yet again (my -Lucy's- 3rd time for the winter!) to race at Supertour Finals (also known as Spring Series). This offered a great opportunity to get in some last racing with the best in the country, the US Ski Team, the US Biathlon Team, Supertour racers, as well as college and high school athletes.
Tim and I went up to Craftsbury on Thursday afternoon. Thank you again to the Townsends for being so generous as to host us all winter and make sure we are well-cheered for and well-fed! On Friday, we raced a classic sprint. It's been a while! Although neither of us qualified for heats, it was still an awesome day. Earlier I mentioned that we raced the best in the country. The really cool thing is that the USST is no longer just the best of the country, these athletes are some of the absolute best in the world. It made for great spectating! The day was warm, sunny, perfect spring skiing (I got a massive sparkle burn- tan lines in the shape of the sparkles on my face...) After a mentally tough season, it was just the type of day to get me excited for next year and remember why I love this sport so much. Great people, the great outdoors, and great (or not so great) tan lines.
Women's Qualifier Results
We were so excited to have Erin, Gabby, Emily, and Bridget (Gabby's awesome sister) join us that night. I was pretty tired (and holding snow on my face to make the sunburn feel less hot haha), but it was still a giggle-fest as usual.
|Sparkles. Always. (Emily photo)|
The next day was also beautiful, and we had a great time in the skate mass starts. It is not every day you get to toe the line with Olympians! It was a tough course, but I think everyone had fun. I was proud that I was having fun the whole race and ended with a good result to show for it. Tim was also stoked to be out there (as usual), and Erin was happy with her good result when she wasn't too busy being happy that Kikkan signed her skis. Gabby was sick with a bad cough and Em was a bit worn out from lots of travel and JNs, but they both hung tough just the same. It was a perfect day for watching races, eating some Craftsbury chili, and hanging out with friends from all over.
Women's 10k Mass Start Results
Men's 15k Mass Start Results
|Men's mass start (Em photo)|
|Kikkan, her gold medal, and a lot of happy skiers|
|The fun leader herself, Liz Stephen!|
|Gabby, Simi, and Bridget!|
|Thank you to all these skiers for inspiring the next generation!|
Spring Fling 25k Men's Results
The next day, we had relays! Always fun. Thanks to Tim's brother, we were able to have one team race in the Supertour division. The classic wax was tricky, but there were zero expectations, and it was so cool to see the US Ski Team split up into their club teams and race head to head. We also had a team in the New England Club Relay (where ETown raced again!) It was fun to be able to race in separate races and watch our team leave it all out there. They looked super speedy. I think everyone was happy to have another nice day and be able to end the season on a relay where we could come together as a team. I mean, ETown even wore sparkles!
Supertour Relay Official Team - Unofficial Teams (We are listed as an official team, but I think I filled out the form wrong and we are maybe unofficial, because we weren't all from the same club. Also, I was the 4th leg. Another mistake made by me. I was filling out the form on my phone at the race...)
NENSA Mixed Relay Age>199 years Results (Bridget, Erin, Gabby, and ETown were "Are SLU Ready For It" in a nod to the album of Thanksgiving camp/the year?, Reputation by Taylor Swift)
A special thank you to the Townsend's for hosting us and everyone who helped us car pool to make Spring Series a possibility, Craftsbury for hosting wonderful races like always, as well as the US Ski Team for coming to inspire us after their VERY long season. I think these last races helped us all put our seasons in perspective, have some fun, and start getting excited for the future! But first, we were all ready for a break. So, bye for now. Keep a look out for later blogs about various post-season, spring, and summer adventures. I'll close out with some pictures, but congratulations for making it to the end of the blog. It was a long weekend, and as you may have noticed, I'm not a very concise writer. So, thanks for sticking with us through this blog and our whole season!
|Gabby's highlight, meeting Jessie! (Bernie Gardner photo)|
|Em excited to meet Kikkan AND Sadie|
|What a snazzy trailer... but can it rival the SLUHaul?|