One Athlete's Mind
I guess one perk of racing so late in the day is that it gives me tons of sitting around time to blog! (And allows all those back in Ontario to watch the races at a not so ungodly hour). I've done 3 races so far, and will hopefully have three more before the end of the weekend (I say hopefully because we haven't picked the relay team for Thursday yet).
My first race was the 15km pursuit last Thursday, followed by the classic sprint on Saturday and the mixed team sprint on Sunday. If I had to pick one race to demonstrate the depth of the field here it would have to be the sprint qualifier on Saturday. I had a pretty solid race, feeling strong and able to push hard from start to finish. So when I caught the Swiss guy who started 15 seconds ahead of me I knew I must be having a good race. Until I crossed the line and saw 2 Kazaks coming in about 15 seconds behind me (one of them won the qualifier). I ended up finishing 15 seconds behind the winner, in 48th place. My thought when seeing those results: "We're not in Canada anymore."
The next day was the mixed team sprint, and probably the most fun race I've had yet. For anyone who doesn't know, a mixed team sprint is two people per team, one guy one girl, trading back and forth between laps of the sprint course until each person has done 3 laps. Usually these races are separated by gender, so the mixed aspect of this race added a fun new twist to what was already one of my favorite events. Camille Pepin, from Laval University, and I teamed up and had a good battle with the the Swiss, Italian and French teams and despite some Ukranian interference and some tough second laps, we both skied strong right to the end.
Yesterday I took a much needed day off and the team headed up to Moena to check out the town and do some shopping. All of these little towns in northern Italy seem pretty similar to me, but they're all so nice it still makes me smile every time I visit a new one.
I have my 4th race coming up in... 5 hours from now, the 10km skate individual start. With a field of over 100 guys, many of whom are top 40 World Cup material, this is looking to be the toughest of races so far, so it should be a good one! So if anyone is looking for something to do this morning, you can check it out here!
Well, I think that's about it for now. Thanks for reading!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach