by Adam (all photos by Adam, too!)
We got up at 6:15 to begin making breakfast in preparation of our departure to the skate race day of the Rumford Eastern Cup. After a breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, and toast, we packed all our bags into the van and all our skis into Scottie’s car then departed for Black Mountain. The snow was very fast but would disintegrate into ice covered with a thick layer of cornmeal after a few races. All of the day’s races were mass start. J2s raced 5km, Women raced 10 km, and Men raced 15km. Sara raced first at 10:00 followed by Erik and I at 10:30. At noon, Colin, Chris, Sam G. and Sam T., raced the 15 km.
Due to the fact that I had no points, I didn’t have a very good seed in the start. I kept with the lead group but was unable to pass until the first uphill. On the first downhill, I started to drift away from the lead group, but I wanted to stick with them. I tuck-skated the rest of the hill then skied V2 through the bottom. As the course started climbing, I jumped in behind a big CSU skier who was trying to move up in the lead group and passed several people. I was able to gain a lot of speed by pushing over the tops of downhills to continue to accelerate. The group came to “high school hill” which was still cornmeal after one race. I did V2 until just before I would lose my momentum, then switched to V1. The hill just seemed to keep going on. As I reached the top, my quads were burning. I managed to put in some V2 alternate over the top and end up in 5th. I skied the following huge downhill, popped over the last few ups, and then tuck skated into the finish area, breaking into v2 alternate as soon as I slowed down enough then starting my V2 sprint. Though I wasn’t quite able to catch 4th, I still had a ton of fun and was able to skate a race faster than I have ever before and get my first top 5 finish in an eastern cup.
by Sam G and Chris
It was great to get on something with a little more resemblance to snow than we’ve been skiing on in the Upper Valley! Today, we hit the slope of Rumford, Maine on our cross country skis. The snow started off quite firm but by the end of the day, was slushy and grainy. However, this didn’t hinder our valiant skiiers who skied a variety of distances ranging from 5k to 15k. The wide course made for good variety compared with the thin trails we find ourselves skiing when we hit up our home course, Oak Hill, and I personally found it quite peacful. The sun was shining in the morning and we had an overall great time. I got to meet many of my ski buddies from past seasons and camps, and getting caught up with all of them was a blast. Overall, today was a good day of skiing.