I may be racing just for kicks but I do enjoy a competitive environment and well the Olympic Trials in Quebec provided just that! Combined with having family just a hour away from Mount-Saint-Anne a plan was hatched to toe the line for the classic and skate sprint events.
In the course of the week and changing weather plans went from well thought out to first rodeo type stuff. Arriving at 2am before the classic sprints lead to a short warm up, racing on skin skis and seeing the course for the first time. Changing weather also forced some flight changes for the return trip but the extra time allowed for course training, proper waxing and some fast times.
Olympic Trials Classic 1.35km Sprint
In the classic sprint I crossed the line in 4:11 good for fifty third place in the Senior Men, 1:08 off the top pace. Using the age grading calculator my time would be 3:30 putting me in the mix and it’s always nice to be in the mix!
Olympic Trials Skate 1.35km Sprint
For the skating sprint I placed thirty seven for the day in the Senior Men with a time of 3:39, 42 seconds off the top pace. Age grading put me in the top twenty with a time of 3:10, 13 seconds off the pace if they did such a thing, which they do not:-)
Suffice to say some pianos were moved and moved quickly and having had a chance to pre ski the course for the skate sprint the hills came as less of a surprise. On three separate occasions in the Classic Sprint on Friday I heard myself saying “eff that’s steep”. Two were uphills and one was a downhill where I nearly yard saled not once but twice.
I tell you what between the skis, boots, poles, waxing and keeping track of your bib and timing chip racing is a complicated thing, but giving that I am on the backside of 50 it was a treat to toe the line with the best sprinters in Canada.
These guys have moves!
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!