DFL today at the Ski Nationals 50km in 3:05 and loved every minute. A 50km Classic ski race on some monster climbs with no back pain, I consider that a win, a huge win. Smashed a pole, in the stadium. But of course. Shit happens when you stomp on your pole.
May have crashed not once but twice but I don’t think anyone saw the second crash so I get a pass. Like I said there were some monster uphills followed by some monster downhills.
Went with skin skis and gripped like a boss for the full 50km, but did sacrifice some glide in doing so. In the warm up I sheared off a good portion of my klister on my race skis as the morning conditions were pretty abrasive and if you ran the numbers I would have had to double pole the last 30km at that rate and sure as shit I wanted no part of that.
Did I mention the hills.
I am still smiling that after 7 laps the stadium took me by surprise each and every time.
It has been a busy few weeks with renovating the shop and spending time with Shauna’s aunt Phyllis at the Misericordia most mornings and evenings. In helping Phyllis with her meals and helping her adjust her position in bed I managed to put my back out last week and things progressed slowly but each day with easy aerobic training the back pain has eased off.
Shauna had a meeting in Vancouver with clients this past Friday so we decided to make a weekend of it traveling back Saturday night so I could do the National Masters 3000m event at the Butterdome here in Edmonton. The back starting to come around with the aerobic runs we did while we were there.
As the alarm went off Sunday morning and I headed down stairs for a coffee I just didn't have it in me to prepare myself for a hard 3km with my back still tender from the week and the flight so turned off the coffee and went back to bed. I am not a morning person so I am not going to lie, had the race started at noon and not 8:30am and I had more time to shake out the cobwebs I would have most likely done just fine.
In the end I had a relaxing morning with Raven and Shauna and Shauna and I had a glorious ski out at Blackfoot and a wonderful visit with Phyllis, she is doing much better, so the day was quite nice regardless.
With the back flaring up and having this nagging chest infection a hard effort at the Butterdome might not have been the best decision as ones health is the primary concern.
On the Nordic side I have the National Championships coming up in Ottawa next Tuesday with the 50k being my goal event of the season. I had signed up for the Sprint event as well but with the back flare up I think it will be best to skip the sprint and focus solely on the 50k. So the plan as it stands if the back continues to improve with the chest clearing up I will fly out to Ottawa on Sunday, train in Ottawa on Monday, race Tuesday and fly home Tuesday night.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!