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Archive for November, 2009

The Park and Race Photos

30.Nov.2009 by Lauren Jacobs

Yesterday I went into Yellowstone National Park for a long, easy classic ski. There were a few trails along the river that were well tracked and the skiing along the access road was pretty good, with the exception of a few patches where the snow had been melted by the sun. I was joined by some other New England skiers and we all had a great time checking out the beautiful views. Our eyes were peeled for wildlife but the closest we got was a blinking bison warning sign without any accompanying live bison. It was a perfect relaxing ski for the day after racing and a nice “mini-adventure.”  Here are some photos of the scenery…

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And here are a few photos from the classic race on Saturday…

Tim

Tim

Matt

Matt

Pepa cheering the boys on

Pepa cheering the boys on

Ollie

Ollie

Tucker

Tucker

Race Day #3

28.Nov.2009 by Chelsea Little
Lia took this great frazzled, pre-race shot...

Lia took this great frazzled, pre-race shot...

Today was the last race of the Yellowstone Ski Festival, a 5k classic for women and 10k for men (results here). I think it’s safe to say that we’re all bummed out about the altitude at this point. I am happier with my race than I was yesterday, because today at least I felt like I was working really hard, whereas yesterday I couldn’t ever really get going – but still, it just wasn’t very fast. Pepa says we all looked like we were in “slow motion”. Bummer.

Nevertheless, it’s good to have one race weekend completed. Patience isn’t exactly something I’m great at, but I’m trying to not get frustrated because I know I can ski better than this. I think we all have high expectations of this season after our first summers of full-time training, but success doesn’t always come immediately! Cue the inspirational quotes, or, I bet you could find some great ones over at Team Today

Tim on his first lap up the big hill

Tim on his first lap up the big hill

Ollie striding through the sun.

Ollie striding through the sun.

Pepa’s Magical Remedies

25.Nov.2009 by Ida Sargent

Dr. Pepa has an interesting cure for just about every ailment encountered by GRP athletes thus far. And if any of us are drug tested this season, we can safely say her treatments fall quite far from the banned substance list. These are a few remedies already prescribed during our West Yellowstone camp.

Hot red wine with black pepper: This is Pepa’s cure for a nighttime cough. Hannah was awake coughing late the night we were here and was then given this mixture the next couple nights. She said the concoction the first night was alright because Pepa didn’t add too much pepper but the next night Pepa stepped it up and Han struggled to finish the cup. Her response was, “it got rid of the tickle because it basically fried my throat.”

Honey with a little lemon juice for the post race hack. Pepa mixed this one up after our sprint race today since we sounded like a bunch of chain smokers. I took a big gulp imagining it would taste like lemon tea with a spoonful of honey. Instead it was pretty much straight honey with a hint of lemon so the consistency was bit thicker than I was expecting but it felt really nice on my throat.

Flat Coke and coffee: This lukewarm mixture was Pepa’s pre-race drink of choice as an athlete so some of us tried it before intervals a couple days ago. The two ingredients don’t combine well so it leaves it an awful aftertaste but the caffeine buzz is very memorable.

Very burnt toast cures a stomach ache. I think we’ve all been turned off by the mass of carcinogens also consumed with this remedy so none of us have tried it yet but Pepa swears by it.

Chicken soup with all the bones. She puts a whole chicken in the pot of water with some mixed veggies, garlic, salt and pepper and then very slightly breaks apart the carcass after it has cooked but leaves all the bones in the soup for added surprises. We were all hesitant at first as we attempted the scavenger hunt of soup eating but Pepa’s last batch of soup disappeared very quickly.

JANGSANG!!!! Confused? So were we at first but ginseng is great for recovery. And it works even better if you yell it loudly in a Bulgarian accent.

And if all else fails a latte and some dark chocolate will always help.

La Glace est brisée

25.Nov.2009 by Lauren Jacobs

Last March I went to Canadian Nationals with my club team Skibec from Québec City. The first race of the week was the team sprint and there was a lot of debate about whether to do it or not. Many racers opted out, wanting to save themselves for the remaining four “more important” races. The team sprint didn’t offer FIS or CCC points, only a chance to help your club in the overall team standings. (Unfortunately for my team I couldn’t even help them there because I’m not a Canadian citizen.) So I couldn’t earn points for myself or my team, why would I bother to do the race? I talked a lot with my coaches and my teammate Marie-Eve, who was the only other senior woman on our team. I had two excellent reasons to do the race, beyond just because racing is (almost) always fun. One was to help out Marie-Eve, if I didn’t race she wouldn’t have been able to. But the second reason was that it was an opportunity to “briser la glace” or break the ice. Canadian Nationals were the biggest races I had been to and I was pretty nervous. Doing the team sprint would be a chance to work out some of those nerves.

Today I got to “briser la glace” again. We just finished up the first race of the season, a classic sprint prelim here in West Yellowstone. It was cold, much colder than I think any of us expected, but the snow was beautiful and it was sunny. I had great skis. I felt strong, though I definitely lost time on the downhills. (I’m looking forward to some remedial downhill training on those new s-turns going down to the biathlon range back home. Can someone explain to me why alpine skiing my whole life hasn’t helped me with downhill technique on Nordic skis?) It feels really good to be in the season now, not just looking forward to it. I’ll always be nervous before races, but now those first race jitters are out.

I thought this post would get up before results were in, but they just got posted. Ida killed it!! She was 6th overall and the 3rd American!! Congrats to everyone! I want to add more exclamation points but I’ll get made fun of. You get the idea.

Here are some photos from the afternoon ski:

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