by Sara (photos by Adam)
We started our trip at 1:00 when we left school and headed for the van to go to the Stowe Eastern Cup Race held by Trapp Family Lodge. We got there in time for us to do 4 or 5 laps around a 1.3K sprint loop. This would be the loop that we would be doing our hard classic, all out, sprint on tomorrow. We were prepping ourselves and watching the fierce competition…we were all very intimidated. At the end of our pre race course look we headed back to the van, packed up, and headed to the house. On our way over, we realized that Colin could not find his iPad mini…he was getting quite anxious. There were many possibilities of what had happened afer we had searched the van through and through. We thought that either Dennis may have mugged it to listen to some tunes on the way over, however, that was not the case. We then thought that it may have fallen out of the car and into the parking lot…also not the case. We finally came to the highly unlikely conclusion that his iPad mini had been stolen. Finally, when Tucker went rumaging through Colin’s backpack (for no aparent reason) he found it, wedged between two binders…after all of us had told Colin it was probably in his backpack about a 100 times. Anyways, we had a relaxing dinner, team meating, and finally to bed.
Saturday morning we woke up between 6 and 6:30. We had breakfast, a combination between oatmeal (“It sticks to your ribs, Denny!”) and eggs. By 7:30 we were all in the van and on our way to the race. We all had great races. Adam finishing 13th and Erik 14th, just out of the ski downs. Colin started 15 seconds ahead of Sam, so he had the task of staying ahead, while Sam had the task of chasing Colin down. Tucker had a strong race and finished fast. Chris also had a great race…man, when he double poles he flies; no joke!
Finally the girls came, Perrin having the best race out of the three of us (Perrin, Johanna, and me). I had a good race, especially at the finish, however, I could have gone faster at the beginning. Johanna also had an awesome race. Both of the 8th grade girls placed amazingly for their age…they were racing against the pros! After all of the racing, none of us making it to the next level, we went for a 5K skate ski on the race course for Sunday. It seemed like a fast course with a lot of up hill…we are all looking forward to it. Afterwards we watched some more races…we had every right to be intimidated, they were goin’ fast! We then left to leave, the van packed full of our skis and equipment. Once we got to the house we relaxed, made a dinner of pasta, and had a competition on who had the worst manners. That’s what they are really teaching us here! Manners not skiing…just kidding, they’re teaching us both☺ I believe there will be a tie breaker during dessert. Looking forward to tomorrow!!!