Sunday, April 12, 2009

US Distance Nationals

The final week of racing was a big one up in Fairbanks, AK. The races were held at night and the men always competed after the ladies so I don't have many pictures. The week started poorly. Leaving the gate at the start of the 10km classic race the starting wand hit my pole and snapped it. I tried to relax and race hard once I got a new pole a few hundred meters down the trail, but the race was a struggle. I was afraid that is would be a long week. The week turned around the next day with the Team Sprint. Matt and I teamed up and won our semi-final and finished 6th in the Final. CXC had two podiums in the team sprint too. I had a great skate portion of the pursuit race making up a lot of time that I lost in the classic by skiing the second fastest skate time of the day. In the final event the 50km classic race I skied a solid race and was happy to finish in the top 20 in 18th. I feel that it has been a great season and I am looking forward to taking some time off from cross country skiing to enjoy some of my other favorite activities.

I apologize for the poor pictures from US Nationals, It was pretty dark when the races finished.

Maria and Caitlin took 2nd in the Team Sprint

Women's Team Sprint Podium

Men's Team Sprint Podium

Prepping skis for the week (Kuzzy Photo). Thankfully we had the support of Bryan Fish, Wayne Fish and Bill Pierce which meant we had great skis. Thanks Guys

Results for the week were done by Summit Timing:

US National 30/50km Classical

US National 15/30km Pursuit

US National Team Sprint

US National 5/10k Classic

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