Erik, Sara, Colin give the skinny on the Black Mountain races (photos by Adam)
[Erik] After waking up at 6:00 for an early breakfast, we headed back to Black Mtn. to start testing wax for our distance classic race. the first racer hit the course at 10:00 sharp, and 15 seconds later came bib #2. I was the fifth starter, and when the starter said go, I knew I needed to go all out if I wanted to come anywhere near the top J2 monster young men. Adam started not long after me, and he had a very respectable race, despite some challenges with the kick wax.
[Sara] I raced after the J2 boys with the women. I had a good start double pulling and going fast. I overcame 1 person, however, two others got me. It was a fast courses with great conditions. I felt like I had a really good race, not looking at results. I pushed hard and felt good. I ended up coming in 28… Thank you to our wax technicians who gave us awesome wax for a very variable snow conditions!
[Colin] Well, the day had been fine and dandy for these young ones and their 5K pursuits. But now it was time for the true men of New England to duke it out in the snow like savages. The hot funk of an impending 10K Classic lingered in the air and as the second day of the Black Mountain Eastern Cup came to a head for the J1’s, it was clear it would be a low viz, icy, and cold one with Maine air and netting flurries all about. The course shot out of the stadium and quickly sent us racers down a long series of downhills and hard turns before thrusting us into a seemingly endless series of uphills and slow flats leading toward the monolith we were all prepared for by the rugged terrain of Oak Hill: High School Hill. The hill has broken grown men and young high schoolers alike and has raged a war against the Nordic community, but the JNT stepped into the ring and metaphorically put that sucker in a half Nelson that would make our coaches proud. The klister we were sporting held well and J2’s and J1’s alike reported that the goop offered near continuous grip up the sandy snow of High School hill (though Chris may beg to differ). The men, Colin, Chris, and Sam, chugged around with the other J1’s behind the hectic collegiate mob chewing away at the snow in front and finished in the high 80’s and 90’s for places. It was a challenging race with our first 15K ever just barely behind us, but we welcomed the challenge with fast skis and fogged-up glasses.