On Saturday morning, the Ford Sayre and High School teams headed up to Sandwich, New Hampshire for the first New Hampshire series qualifier. The course had been moved earlier in the month from Plainfield to a much flatter, windier course. The rides up went smoothly.
Once people had arrived and the course had been skied, everyone went through his or her own pre-race routine. Tucker was in the first heat and he was hot off the line. He finished and was glad to have a second race under his belt. Adam was the next to go and had a solid race. He placed in the top ten and left it all out on the course. The next to go was Colin and he was jazzed as a cat as he crossed the finish line. Chris raced hard and had a good time navigating the turns out on the course. James out in a solid effort and looked good as he crossed the finish line. The last guy on the team to leave the start was Sam. He was nervous about potential problems passing other skiers, but it worked out well for him. He caught skiers from earlier waves at convenient locations to pass and was able to work off them to his advantage. Sara was the only girl with the team. She raced hard and left it all out on the course.
After solid performances all around, the athletes that drove up with Ford Sayre headed back to the Upper Valley. Those who came with the high school team stayed at the race venue and cheered on the skiers in the B races.
Erik, a Vermont citizen and a member of their team, decided to stay local and he did a time trial at Greens to work some intensity into his training schedule. He picked a section along the Carriage Trail and could feel his effort in his muscles the next day.
The team met back up at Green’s on Sunday morning and skied all day as a pack.
The conditions were perfect and scenery was pristine. The group managed to fit both Mudgets and Smarts into the ski.
After returning to the cars, the team drove back to Scotties to talk, eat grilled cheese and drink hot chocolate. The ski left people so famished that a second round of sandwiches had to be cooked.
All in all, it was a great skiing weekend. Between the races and the OD, it contained a little bit of everything and left everyone with a positive outlook on the rest of the season.