Today, day 2 was a physically tough day. The race was a 5k skate for the females starting at 10am and a 10k skate for the males, which started at 11:30am. It was a 15sec individual start right out of the field, up and up the homologated Ladies 5k course- our "home" turf. I know everyone was grinding it out. If anyone knows ladies 5, you would know that it's a lot of uphill, then rolling, then more up, and then a little bit more up and then a fun, fast, tricky downhill back into the stadium! The snow was melting and the morning was gray and misty. The snow was wet and snowball making material. The hills proved to be more difficult than anticipated. However, the Saints don't come marching in just for the sake of marching in..we come so with passion, determination, a positive outlook ahead! So..for those who had a hard day, we're going to shake it off and look towards gettin' 'er done next time!! On the plus side, our top scorers today were Lucy and Calvin in 18th and 42nd!
Embarrassing side note to spice up the life of this blog post.. Dana went to the port-a-potty (she just had to ask her parents, if it was port-o-potty or port-a-potty...) thinking she'd save some time, rather than waiting in the long bathroom line in the morning. Boy, was she wrong...She ended up going...and when I mean going..I meannn going the bathroom, if you know what I'm saying. So..She goes to reach for the toliet paper and (Jaw drops)..oh..crap...none left what-so-ever. Luckily, she remembers she saw India on her way to the port-a-potty! She cracks open the door, trying not to show too much to the busy ski world outside. She spots India, phew! She yells for "INDIAAA!" India turns around..she hears her name, but doesn't seee anyone..Dana yells for India again..and has her hand out the door waving to India! (Oh please come to me!) Dana open's the door a little bit wider, and finally, India comes! She says, "India, there's nooo toliet paper and I neeedd a lot!" India says, "Dana you'll probably just need to wait until the other person gets out of theirs..and Dana goes.."Can you get me some from inside?" Meanwhile, India leaves and Dana is just casually standing in the port-a-potty..oh yes, how lovely..just how she wanted to spend her morning. She hears people outside talking, "yeah there's no tp in that one..(laughing) Thanks to the SMC girl who knocked on the door and gave Dana some tp in the meantime! Finally, India came back with a massive, industrial sized roll of TP to save the day!
Tomorrow (Sunday), we'll see some of the freshman girls skate it out again in a 10k race! Stop by and cheer on your fellow Saints! They are all looking to continue on to JN's with another qualifier tomorrow.
I want to take this time to thank my teammates as they are best and very supportive, no matter what mood people are in! Thanks for putting up with us and caring about one another. You guys are the greatest and the love you guys spread, makes the team go round:)
We want to thank all of the parents for their support! We know that it was a haul to drive to Lake Placid, so seeing everyone come to our races means a lot. There was a lot of food this weekend and that means happy souls, so thank you very much! Thanks to Lucy's parents who hosted us for dinner Thursday night! Also, it was awesome to see alums Kyle Curry, Phil Marshall, and Adam Terko this weekend! Thanks for coming out guys! If you are an alum, stop by our trailer and say hi! We are all Laurentians for Life, right?
See you on the trails,
Dana and SLUSKI
*All photos in this post taken by Dana