That's it. Season 2015 is complete. Fini. The end.
My winter wrapped up at the National Championships in Thunder Bay a couple weeks ago. Like I said in my last post, Thunder Bay is an amazing place to race, not only is Lappe a superior race venue, but it's really remarkable how the Nordic community comes together to put on such an top tier event.
Thunder Bay was my home for three years, so it was really exciting for me to be able to go back and race. It was a fantastic experience living and training in Thunder Bay and I will always look forward to being back.
I had a blast competing and several performances that I was happy with over the course of the week. The conditions and trails were impeccable with ideal weather each day of racing; fast tracks, clean snow, and sunny days.
I want to thank Reijo Puiras and Lappe Nordic for hosting our National Championships. The amazing team of tireless volunteers made the week of races flawless. A special thank you to all the photographers for capturing every racer's finest moments during the week.
I don't make it home often enough, so with Nationals held within driving distance of Sault Ste. Marie it was a perfect opportunity to return to Lansdowne Ave. for a short visit. My brother and Mom made the journey up to Thunder Bay for the last race (50km), and thankfully, they were kind enough to give me a spot in the back seat for a ride home.
Along the drive we stopped at Old Women Bay and were able to catch the sun set. Yeah, it was pretty cool.
Timing for being home worked out perfectly. My club, Soo Finnish Nordic, was having their last Jackrabbit Saturday morning and I was invited to join them for relays and fun races. Beautiful sun & great conditions at Crimson Ridge on a special 350M course. I had a great time skiing with everyone from Bunny Rabbits to our Senior Race Team and Masters team. The next generation of super stars were all there. Watch out ski world!
Now back in Canmore. For a few weeks I will be able to get some R&R. Having sometime away from my normal ski schedule also gives me the opportunity to explore and do things that I normal wouldn't be able to do.
This morning Nick, Jesse, Cindy, Yannick and I hiked Ha Ling to watch the sun rise and have breakfast on the peak.
The bacon was a little cold, but the coffee was hot. And that view....
I have been ski racing for seven years. In that time have trained along side my teammate and friend Nick. Nick is a big part of why I ski race today. It was Nick who came up to me after a race at my first Nationals and asked if I wanted and train with him over the summer at his cottage.
Since then most the major events of my life I have shared with Nick. Being a ski racer I have been privileged to do some amazing things and see some incredible places. I've just been lucky enough to experience all of them with a one of kind guy.
I am sad that Nick's time as a skier has come to close. An end of an era, and it is it not going to be the same. That being said I couldn't be more excited for Nick and what the future holds for him.
Going miss you fam, love always.