Hello Nordic Sport Fans!
The last week has been very eventful with Canmore hosting the World Cups. Racing at that level is always a privilege and very exciting. For me, there were no jitters since I have raced a few previously in 2005. Canmore put on a extremely well organized and exciting race series here. Congrats to all the Canadians finishing in the top-30, let's hope this bodes well for the Olympics.
My race on Friday was a tough slog. I started out slowly deliberately, however I never seemed to accelerate into the last lap. There was great motivation out there when the red group (top-seeded skiers) were starting whilst I was on the last 1/3 of my race. Still a great experience, but much to be desired on the results sheet.
Saturday was completely different. I have struggled on the steeper sections at this Canmore sprint course and was determined to ski relaxed and powerful. It was the best sprint qualifier this season. Amazing how focusing on specific details can alter a race. For me, independent of the the result, I had a sense of accomplishment.
Thanks to all the competitors, volunteers, fans and wax techs for making it a great weekend.
On those skis
Photo Compliments of Scott Perras