The spring is a fun, exciting and busy time of year for high level Nordic athletes. February and March are “Championship Season” with the bulk of the most important races of the season occurring during this period. I had the opportunity to take in the championship season from a variety of viewpoints this season.
|US Youth Women following excellent racing|
My championship season began through the lens of a service (wax) man for the Czech Biathlon team at Youth and Junior World Championships. This event was brilliantly hosted by the Nordic Heritage Sport Club in Presque Isle, Maine. My days where filled with testing different combinations of waxes, powders and base structures. I also did some basic ski prep and helped the team logistically; however, my favorite part of my job was supporting the athletes on the course with extra equipment (in case of a mishap) and shouts of encouragement. I learned a lot about ski preparation and made a number of friends in the process. My friends and teammates on the US Team put together excellent results during championships. You can read all about their accomplishments on Fasterskier.com and USBiathlon.org
I enjoyed a day off during these championships, free from training and waxing obligations. I was able to take in the competitions like a spectator. I have not had this opportunity much and I was quickly reminded, through the excitement of the competitions why biathlon is so popular the world over.
|Jalbert House Athletes|
|Maine Winter Sports Podium Sweep|
I will start a 50km freestyle (skating) race next weekend to finish up my season next weekend in Sugarloaf, Maine. It will be my first Marathon and the field promises to be competitive. I am looking forward to this challenging and (hopefully!) fun test.