Racing Period 1

I’m in Quebec to watch the World Cup Sprints with the SMS Team.  The course looks incredible; it wraps around through downtown Quebec City on the front steps of Parliment.   I’m really excited to watch many of my friends and teammates compete.   Four of my teammates from SMST2 will be racing!  It’s going to be awesome to watch Sophie, Andy, Jessie, and Skyler rip it up!   Tomorrow (Friday) is the Team Sprint Relay, followed by the Individual Freestyle sprint on Saturday.

I unfortunately didn’t race fast enough in West Yellowstone and Bozeman to qualify for these Canadian World Cups.  It’s easy to get disappointed, especially when qualifying for the World Cups seemed well within my reach.  Looking back, the outcome could easily have been different with a few small changes.   Regardless, I’m excited to watch US skiers tear it up here this weekend and then I’m turning my attention forward toward the rest of the season.  I’m confident in my training, I’m healthy, and I’m motivated.

Here are some photos from the past few weeks.

Skate sprint qualifier in Bozeman.  I felt relaxed and qualified in 10th place. Unfortunately I got knocked out of my Quarterfinal heat after a tangle at the top of the course.  (Fasterskier.com photo)

Skate sprint qualifier in Bozeman. I felt relaxed and qualified in 10th place. Unfortunately I got knocked out of my Quarterfinal heat after a tangle at the top of the course.  The highlight of the day was watching teammate Sophie Caldwell take the overall win in the women’s race by a significant margin.  Congrats Soph! (Fasterskier.com photo)

Classic sprint qualifier in Bozeman.  The course was incredibly flat, and nearly the entire men’s field double poled on skate skis.  In previous years, sprint double pole has been a weakness of mine, so I focused on it this summer, working with Gus to improve my strength and body position.   I qualified 6th, two seconds out of the lead. (Fasterskier.com photo)

Classic sprint qualifier in Bozeman. The course was incredibly flat, and nearly the entire men’s field double poled on skate skis. In previous years, sprint double pole has been a weakness, so I focused on it this summer, working with Gus to improve my strength and body position. I qualified 6th, two seconds out of the lead. (Fasterskier.com photo)

Finish of the my semi-final heat.  I was boxed out early on, but got lucky when a lane opened up for me in the finish. (Fasterskier.com photo)

Finish of the my semi-final heat. I was boxed out early on, but got lucky when a lane opened up for me in the finish. (Fasterskier.com photo)

Reese takes the win in the A-final! (Fasterskier.com photo)

Reese takes the win in the A-final! (Fasterskier.com photo)

Second through sixth came into the finish in a pack with little separation.  I got in a small tangle with Dakota Blackhorse von-Jess early in the heat and never worked my way back to the front.  I finished sixth in the heat, for a sixth place overall finish. (Fasterskier.com photo)

Second through sixth came into the finish in a pack with little separation. I got in a small tangle with Dakota Blackhorse von-Jess early in the heat and never worked my way back to the front. I finished sixth in the heat, for a sixth place overall finish. (Fasterskier.com photo)

I will be in Quebec through the weekend to watch the World Cups, then head down to Craftsbury for a 10-day training camp.  After that, I fly out to Park City for US Nationals!

Thanks for reading!

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