My last two NorAms in Silver Star both went well with a classic sprint where I came 12th, and then a 10km classic night race (on an intermittently lit course) in cold temperatures where I finished 14th. We headed back to Canmore on the 15th. I didn't get a chance to relax and contemplate the first races though because I had the unpleasant task of studying and writing my two final exams on the 17th and 18th. Luckily I had found time to study in Silver Star and I had one full day at home before the exams so I was pretty well prepared and both of them went well.
I was going to stay in Canmore after my exams to compete in some Alberta Cup races the following weekend but they were canceled due to the cold weather. I decided to take the opportunity to head home to Salmon Arm a few days earlier than planned. I got to spend about a week at home which was a nice vacation. The skiing was beautiful at Larch Hills and I got to catch up with my family and friends.
I drove back to Canmore on the 27th just in time for a regional team sprint race in Canmore the next day. I was surprised at how good I felt considering I had spent 6hrs sitting in the car the day before. Since I got back I've been getting my life organized and prepping for the races.
Trials start tomorrow (Jan.2). There are four races in 5 days but I am only doing three which are the U23 trials. Unfortunately this means I will not compete in the skate sprint which is one of my favorite events but as it is not a qualifying race for U23s I'm taking Saturday off instead. The official schedule is a 15km duathlon tomorrow, 10km skate Sunday and classic sprint on Tuesday.
The skate sprint at Sovereign (credit Jim Miles)