|SMS T2 Snow Dance|
|Where'd all the snow go?|
Last year in Bozeman, we battled sub-zero temperatures during the December SuperTour races. However this year, we were greeted by sunshine and balmy spring conditions. The mix of warm weather during the day and below freezing temperatures at night led to some fast and icy conditions on race day.
|Mix of frozen ground and fiery skies up at Bohart|
The sprint course navigated a small pond, newly formed by the unusual weather, and included some epic wipeouts around one particularly sharp corner. I managed to survive the qualifying round on my feet but the skiing was definitely not the prettiest. Think grandma flying down an alpine mountain with arms out and feet wide and thats pretty much what I looked like. That said, I was happy to have a solid qualifier and cross the line in 7th. My day ended in the quarterfinals, just barely missing the lucky loser position but I got to watch my teammate Ben make sprinting look easy and cruise to 2nd place on the day.
|Although we were bummed to not make the semi-finals we did get to do a lot of cheering!|
|Ben speeding to the finish line|
|Annie H trying to ski like Ben....pretty close I think!|
We arrived at Bohart for the distance race on Sunday to a hockey rink. The Bozeman SuperTour course is known for two steep uphill "walls" split by a fast "S"-turn downhill that constitute the last kilometer of the race loop. For safety reasons, the organizers delayed the start an extra hour in order to let the sun hit the frozen tracks and soften the icy corners. A quick start by APU's Chelsea Holmes and Rosie Brennan quickly broke apart the field and I found myself between the leaders and pack of charging skiers behind me.
|Cresting the first small hill out of the stadium. I'm in the second position in the second lane from the right.|
|The sea of women at the start of the classic distance race|
After a disappointing start to the season, this race was all about small victories for me and a good start was one of them! I finished 10th and was happy to be a little bit better than last weekend and stay on my feet for the whole 10km. So winning all around! Also, SMS junior Katharine Ogden absolutely crushed it once again racing to 3rd place. Did I mention she is 17?!
|We may not have won the race...but we definitely had the most pep in our step with our new signature hairdo. Annie H and KO modeling the latest style.|
|We had AWESOME skis this weekend thanks to these guys|
|The whole crew from this weekend including special guest Leif helping us with some race waxing. Thanks Leif!|
One day I hope to show off Bohart at it's finest with perfect, mid-winter, extra blue classic tracks. We were lucky to at least have some combination of snow and ice to slide around on and BSF did a great job pulling off the races in the midst of challenging weather. In some ways, race results are pretty similar to the weather. In the end, you really have no control over the other competitors, the conditions, or the course so you learn to do the best with what you have and like any good skier...don't give up hope for the whopping snowstorm :)
|Watching the sunrise and hoping for snow!|
|Our panel of "famous" athletes!|
|The #Annies headed up to Rosalind with Pat and Ben this weekend for some Nor-Am races but I am cheering them on from my home in Bozeman before I travel East on Monday!|
|I have been spending some quality time at home with Papa Flow and doing important Christmas things like picking out and chopping down a tree!|