Heading to the World Cup

And just like I was hoping, I made it to the world cup in
Canada by the skin of my teeth. 
Any more bubble-riding like that and I’ll have no skin left on my teeth
(whatever that means).  In Bozeman
I was sickeningly consistent, with 7th, 6th, and 7th
places.  Other than Sadie, I
may have been the most consistent girl in the top 10.  I felt like the race aggression was starting to percolate
into my performances, but I think that there is room for improvement; the mass
start classic race felt like a very steady workout by myself.  I couldn’t quite gather enough chutzpah
to chase Fitz and Caitlin down, even though I could see them the whole
time.  With gaps of 30 seconds in
front of me and 1 minute behind me, it wasn’t really a hair-raising battle.  I still wish I had somehow busted a move,
sacked up, and caught both those
girls.  I am hoping that my
calculations are correct and the World Cup will be the perfect fire under my
bum to get me really peppy this season.

Now we’re getting ready for Quebec!  I am excited to do a city
sprint, I am excited that the field will be slightly weaker than the full World
Cup field because then I may be able to get into the rounds, and I am excited
that I get another chance to have a really aggressive race.  I need to work on my prelim speed, so
this will be a perfect chance- nothing like thousands of people (and thousands
of nerves) to get things firing faster.

Here are a few photos from our classic races in Bozeman:

 Refugee-style sprint racing-- sit and rest on anything that'll keep your butt dry!  Ski bags are an excellent option...

Refugee-style sprint racing– sit and rest on anything that’ll keep your butt dry!  Ski bags are an excellent option…

Reese won his first SuperTour!  It was all double pole-- go figure. It was really awesome to watch though!

Reese won his first SuperTour! It was all double pole– go figure. It was really awesome to watch though!

Reese won his first SuperTour!  It was all double pole– go figure. It was really awesome to watch though!

 Crazy mass start in the men's race-- note the pole in the middle of the trail, indicated by the large grey pad wrapped around it.

Crazy mass start in the men’s race– note the pole in the middle of the trail, indicated by the large grey pad wrapped around it.

Captions:

1. it was really fun to do a sprint race refugee-style… no ski hut no problem!  Ski bags make the perfect butt-padding for resting before the heats.

2. Reese won!!! I don’t know if you know this, but I have known him since we were in 2nd grade… so yeah.  We’re tight.  Anyways I was really excited that he won his first SuperTour and is in Quebec with me!

3. Check out the mass-start-madness in the classic race.  See the padded pole in the middle of the scramble zone?  Nothing like a little added obstacle to spice things up.

And here is the race course in Quebec City… it’s going to be epic:

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Thanks for reading!  More on the world cup soon…