The end is close..this weekend was the second to last carnival of our season. What a weekend it was. This weekend was our Mid-semester break, however the weekend was no different for us! Breaks are for the weak. We left campus around 10am on Thursday and arrived at Rikert around 2:30. It was snowing and the trails had about 2-3inches of fluffy snow that we had to plow through on our course preview. After, we headed back to our hotel, ate dinner at the Middlebury dining hall (Proctor), had a team meeting and hit the snooze.
Both days were sunny with blue skies. The weekend was beautiful and full of positive vibes. It was a different format with the distance race on the first day, being a 15k/20k skate and a 3 lap classic sprint relay race with a partner the second day. The distance race went really well for our team and yet there was a noticeable lingering tiredness among the field. This also made the second day a bit challenging for everyone because it was the longer distance race first, people were more tired for Saturday. Women went first both days starting at 10am.
Here is a short word summary I had fun making about this weekend:
dInners at Midd dining hall
15/20k Distance race on Friday
sparkLe game strong, guys too!
RikErt nordic center
sUnny and 50 degrees
Relay races on Saturday
Yummy food table
Lucy had a great 15k race finishing in 20th with a time of :42:37.5 and Calvin had a fantastic race finishing in 21st with a time of :49:12.8! Jackie did well placing 35th with a stellar time of :44:45.6! Dustin wasn't too far behind Calvin in 27th with a time of :49:41.4! Brendan also had a great birthday 20k race while turning 20years old; he placed 43rd with a time of :51:37.5. It was an improvement from where he has been racing, which is fun to see. They all looked like they were in it and racing hard.
|Calvin getting his arms tall for another lap PC: Dana|
|Dustin making moves PC: Dana|
|Brendan with high arms, looking strong PC: Dana|
|Brendan making gains on his 20th birthday PC: Dana|
|Matt skating through the lap PC: Dana|
|Blaine powering down PC: Dana|
|Blaine eyeing the finish on his way through another lap PC: Dana|
|Ryan hammering down PC: Dana|
|Calvin working with the pack PC: Dana|
|My favorite picture of the weekend PC: Dana|
|Waters, don't give me that face! PC: Dana|
|Woah Dustinnn! PC: Dana|
|Dustin flying to the finish PC: Dana|
|Brendan finishing 20k on his 20th PC: Dana|
Cupcakes were to follow the races, thanks to Emily's Aunt who bought the famous Georgetown Cupcakes from Boston! They were sooo good and it was especially nice to be able to celebrate Brendan's Birthday. Again, that night was the same..back to midd dining hall by popular demand and team meetings followed by some much needed sleep! The dining hall was nice because we could eat as much as we needed, fast, for cheap, and it was close by. We were staying at the Middlebury Inn. It's a very nice, old house feeling place; I would recommend it. Funny/weird side note: I've been placed in the same room every single year: room 117. Also, after the races on Friday, the girls team hit up Hannahfords and TJmaxx. We bought our Gnome "Lawrence" some SLU colored clothing, so keep an eye out for Lawrence's first real appearance soon..
|Lawrence! PC: Lucy|
The relay teams consisted of:
Lucy and Jackie (Lucy went first), Kate and Dana (Kate went first)
After this race, there was a 2nd race with all the 3rd relay teams, which was Erin and Emily (Erin scrambled)
Calvin and Blaine (Calvin went first), Dustin and Brendan (Dustin went first)
And same for the men, with Ryan and Matt (Ryan scrambled)
India's Videos: (Day 2 Videos in progress..check back later!)
Nordic Day 1
Alpine Day 1
Thanks again to the parents for their continual support and homemade goods! You all fuel us so well! We can't do it without you. Thanks to the coaches for fast skis all weekend and for putting up with our "we need more wax" or "I'm feelin' pretty tired" selves. Thanks to Rikert Nordic Ski center, Middlebury College, India Harvey, other photographers and those who I forgot who always deserve to be thanked.
Since this was the second to last, it was bittersweet. I can't imagine this season coming to an end, as we've worked so hard for so long and with our best friends. Although sometimes when we get back from the weekend, we do realize just how much we have pushed our bodies and perhaps a break would feel good. There's also another feeling of never wanting to stop, not wanting to break routine, or seeing the snow start to melt. I sure have mixed feelings; change is hard and it's hard to face the truth that all good things must come to an end. However, not yet! One more weekend- the best for last; we're going back to my home state where the infamous Black Mountain waits for us. I'm looking forward to racing on one of my favorite courses, as I've had some of the greatest racing there. We hope you come out and watch us take on the fiercest racing of the season where we will be giving every last bit of what we have in the tank.
See you out there,
Dana and SLUSKI