Monday, December 26, 2011

My Season Thus Far

So far the season has been a bust. Constant hinting by the national organization at a European Tour, only to be let down. Typical. Next big goal, IBU Cup 6&7 here in Canmore.

In the mean, I busted out some good races this side of the pond. Placed 3rd overall in the first North American Cup of the year. Acceptable shooting and skiing all around.

I'm stuck at the back of this mayhem.
Then I went on a trip out west to compete in some cross-country races in Rossland, BC. Nice change of scenery, and decent results. Qualified for my first sprint heats ever, in the Senior Men's category. Got slayed in the heats, but I'm happy with my performance. The next day was a 15km Mass Start skate where I also performed well. My final placing was a little weak, as I had to start at the back of the pack. When you have 70+ people ahead of you on Rossland's tight trails, it's basically impossible to pass in the first lap. Starting at the back feels pretty good, though. You spend the entire race weaving through people. Good race strategy is fairly important - finding holes, and seizing the moment.