by Erik, Sara, Colin (photos by Adam, Laura, Cindy)
[Erik] Today was the final Eastern Cup race of the year. I was sad when I realized that it was my final Eastern cup for the year and as a J2, but I put that aside and focused on having the best race I possibly could. All year I’ve been struggling with pushing my limits during a race, and believing that I’m capable of being right up with the top elite skiers in the J2 category. I skied a smooth race, and by the 4k mark I was feeling my legs burn and my lungs working hard which I was quite happy about because I knew I was pushing myself. I didn’t stop there, I hammered the last 1k of rolling terrain and sprinted across the field to the finish where I collapsed into a mess of skis, poles and a tired body. I knew I had gone hard and I couldn’t wait to see how the results turned out. Later, I heard the results were up and I ran to see them. 6th place! I had saved my best race for last and I couldn’t of been more happy. Even though there are plenty of races left in my season this was a great way to end the Eastern Cup Series on good note.
[Sara] The final Eastern Cup started with us loading all of our stuff into the van at 7am. We headed down to Holderness, listening to Colin’s music that we “mugged” from himwhile he was sleeping. Eventually we got to the venue and immediatly waxed or skis to go for a course preview. I did most of my warm up with Ann, and I thought it was pretty good. I started right before Ann, she started 15 seconds behind me. I didn’t have a great start but the rest of the course was fast and furious. I want to say thank you to Dennis for being in the exact right position on the course…I was dying:) Overall it was a great race. with Ann ending up in 20th and me in 17th. All of the boy did great also, Erik ending up in 6th making it one of his best Eastern Cups of the year. Adam ended up getting 2nd. The older boys, who had to race 15K all had amazing races, with Chris giving everyone a heartattack when he almost missed his start. Anyways, everyone had great races and thank you to the coaches for doing an amazing wax job!
[Colin] The 2¢ from Colin: It may have been the middle of the day when the men of New England stepped onto the Holderness tundra, but that did no good in deterring the winds and cold air that kept the race in the winter state of mind. It was evident that mad struggles for power and time had gone down on this course with the frantic mash of hearing-bone tracks on some hills, but over all we should take our racing toques off to the grooming team who banged out a solid, well-preserved track that endured hours of abuse. The hills were sunny and slippery, the flats were crisp like apples, and the downhills kept the cold through the day. I had a stiff ski with warmer wax and that hit the nail on the head. Just ask Dennis, and he’ll give you the scoop on the hills of Holderness that are notorious for basking in the sun all day and thwarting wax crews. It was the first 15K classic for the CP’s (Chris P, Colin P), and the first successful classic 15K for Sam and Tucker ever since the Classic Fiasco in Maine last year “like trying to get kick on skate skis”. The wax held strong for two laps and began to fade towards the last half of the third. It was my own first taste of real classic racing. No regrets!
Eric’s 9 week old pup Rode livened things up in the van, and it was great to have Cindy (Adam’s mom), Rick (Chris’s dad), and a strong showing of Ford Sayre masters racing too!
Laura (Ann’s mom) took some great photos – click here to view!