Girls’ Race and Cheering
by Johanna and Perrin
After a short van ride, we (Sara, Johanna, and Perrin) headed out to preview the course. We had to stop many times to check that we were still on the trail and hadn’t wandered off like some of our siblings had done that morning. The whole course was 7k, much farther than we had ever raced before. Perrin was the first of the Ford Sayre girls, and she deftly handled the sharp and narrow corners and managed to stay on her feet. Sara started right behind Perrin and kept her eyes on her the whole time. Johanna started a few places behind Sara, and looked strong finishing according to Perrin. After “cooling down,” we went out to cheer for the Ford Sayre men including Erik, the two Chris’s, Colin, Dave, Bryce, and Rick. After the men’s race concluded, we went back to pack up the van. Perrin and Johanna were able to pack the wax table in one try!
Long Boys/Mens Race
I’ve raced in the Bogburn for as long as I’ve been with Ford Sayre, which began when I was in 2nd grade, and every year up until now. It’s always exciting driving past all the farms, and open fields and hoping that around the next turn you’ll see the site of the Bogburn with bunches of people crowded around wax tables, lining the course to watch, or testing skis. It’s a fun race. But this year, I knew that I had to prepare myself for a longer distance. Last year, as a U16, the course was about 7 km, and this year was 12 km, after being shortened a little by the race organizers. But 12 km is still no easy task on a course like this. When we arrived to the race, we all stretched, and slowly got out to check on our wax site. We helped set up, and before I knew it, I was out on the course testing skis. My job was to see if a hard wax binder felt like it would hold for a 6/12 km race. I made my way up the short, steep hills, some longer than others, and decided that a klister binder would be needed for such abrasive, choppy snow. The coaches waxed up our race skis, and not to my surprise, my kick was pretty awesome, considering the conditions. The U16 race was first, so I bundled up and went out on the course to go cheer on my teammates. Everyone looked great, and I knew it now my turn to take a crack at it. It was 2 minutes before my start, and I wasn’t very warm, but all I cared about now was just getting to my start. I stripped down to a race suit, and blasted out of the gate, just in time. I felt pretty good on the first loop, but when the second loop came around, I couldn’t get my body to switch gears from level 3, to an aggressive race pace. I finished, and quickly put some clothes on and got some water, and a bar. I would be lying if I said I was ecstatic about my race, but i’d also be lying if I said it was terrible. So, it was in between and sometimes that happens, it’s just the nature of skiing. Overall, it was a great day, and I’m glad I got to race the Bogburn like I have for so many years.