Congrats to Adam on his win in Sunday’s 5k skate race at Trapp Family Lodge!!
I really like this course, both because I know it very well (I skied this course more last year than at oak hill over the past two years) and the fact that it has a ton of uphill. My race strategy is usually to go easier out of the start and then hammer the uphills and finish. However, I had fast skiers behind me and fast skiers in front of me. I wanted to go hard out of the start and catch up with Anders (who started 15 seconds in front of me) and Calvin (who started 30 seconds ahead of me). My skis were really really fast (thanks coaches/parents) so I was still able to fly on the downhills while doing a easy tuck skate. I was able to V2 the first uphill and get a large lead on Scott (who started 15 seconds behind me) and the tuck skate the following downhill. I hammered the first uphill and felt my quads start to burn. I skied V2 into tuck skate on the following downhill, trying to give my quads some rest. I hammered the next uphill, and skied V2 on the flat and gradual uphill. I drafted behind Calvin, who was drafting Anders on the following downhill, then cut in from the outside edge of the sharp corner at the bottom of the hill to slingshot in front of Anders. I skied V2 into the next uphill then pulled away from Anders sprinting V1 over the uphill. I could barely move my quads at the 4km mark and broke into a fast double pole over the top of the hill. I then began to ski V2 alternate, because I was too tired to ski V2. On the final uphill, I skied V2 until it became too steep then I switched to a quick V1. My quads were burning so I focused on riding a flat ski to get the hill over with as quickly as possible. I took the inside lane and hammered V2 through the finish, even though I had no energy left. I almost ran into the photographer at the finish, but collapsed a foot in front of him, too tired to stand up. I talked to Calvin’s dad who said that according to his splits, I was in the lead by a ton, but he hadn’t gotten a split on Forrest. I was hoping for a podium finish. After warming down and eating a large snack, my mom told me that I won. I ran over to look over at the results and was amazed to see that I had a 18 second lead on second place.
I was mobbed by the team after they heard of my finish. I heard that podium skiers got laughing moon chocolates but I wasn’t sure what kind. I ended up getting a gigantic block of delicious chocolate fudge. After sharing some with siblings, coaches, other skiers, parents, and others, I enjoyed some of the remaining fudge and kept the 2/3 that was left hidden away. My best way to describe the race was “ow” and my best way to describe the fudge was “yum.”. I’ve got to try this winning thing more often.