Ready for the Tour de Canada!

Anne H wraps up the SMST2 team’s progress in February and is super excited for the Tour de Canada to begin! 

It’s a good thing February has an extra day this year- SMS T2 needs it.  For one, we had to pack A LOT into February….

 

Domestically Erika did a pretty good job wrapping up the first half of the month in her last blog, but the fun didn’t stop there.  Erika and I got a terrible case of the Birkie Fever, spending a full week in the Cable area to prep for the 54 Kilometer race.  We both had a ton of fun sprinting down Main Street, and then I had a lot of fun cheering while Erika had more fun racing to third place in her first ever Birkie.  If you’ve never been to the Birkie, try your best to squeeze it into your schedule next year.  It is tremendously cool to see the mass organized chaos that is 10,000 people lining up for a race- and even more fun to watch the mass less-organized chaos of 500 three year olds going up and then down the new international bridge.  It’s like bowling on skis, but everyone had a great time.

Anne and Erika take on the Birkie trail!
Anne and Erika take on the Birkie trail!

Erika then flew East to visit Andy and fit in some more training before she heads over to Europe for the OPA cup trip.  She will join Ben and PG Julia for two weekends of racing in Germany and then Italy.

 

Speaking of over the pond, U23s and World Juniors happened!  While the fact that they just happened seems fairly mundane, trust me it is not.  With two days to go before the first race, there was NO course (no snow on the course), and the temperatures hovered around 50 degrees.  In some sort of small miracle the race organizers trucked in enough snow to make a 2.5 Kilometer loop.  It was some sloppy racing but Ben squeezed into the U23 sprint heats, and both PG Julia and SMS student Katharine Ogden raced to very respectable top 20s.

 

Jessie summarized the end of the World Cup European tour with her last blog, and then Jessie, Simi, Sophie, and Andy were psyched to hop back on a plane to the US.  All four of them got some quality rest and recovery home-style, gearing up for the Canadian World Cups.

 

As for me, I fit in a good training block at home and am now just days from starting the Canadian World Cup Tour myself.  These will be my first World Cups, and I am beyond excited.  I’m rooming with Katharine (also her first World Cups), and we are doing our best to remain “chill.”  Although it’s hard when you’re eating dinner with Therese Johaug.  Okay maybe not with her, but near her.  We were in the same room.  I think we made eye contact.

 

Check back in, as March is a huge month for SMS T2.  I’d say we are challenging NCAA basketball for who has a Madder March- right after this tour ends (8 races in 12 days), everyone heads back East for our final racing of the year- Spring Series in Craftsbury!

Katharine and I checking out the City Sprint course in Gatineau- Justyna Kowalyck ripping hot laps behind us!
Katharine and I checking out the City Sprint course in Gatineau- Justyna Kowalyck ripping hot laps behind us!
Resting up for the March Madness at the Powerhouse in Minnesota.
Resting up for the March Madness at the Powerhouse in Minnesota.
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