Saturday, December 29, 2012
Scattered to the four winds
Karina went home to Norway for Christmas, while Marine went to France and Cara went to British Columbia. Lukas, Lasse, and Patricia spent the holiday break training and racing in Anchorage, but the two L's have gone to Utah early for a few extra days of on-site race preparation for US Nationals next week. Davis, John, Galen, Sarah, Brandon and Maya were home in Alaska for the holidays. Viktor's girlfriend Amelia came to visit from Sweden, and though Viktor is generally a happy guy, I haven't seen him smiling as much as last Saturday when Amelia was in town. Coaches Andrew and Tor spent the holidays with their families - one of the last chances they'll get this winter to spend a solid week of quality time with their families for a while, as the racing / travel season will be hectic from now until late March.
This weekend, the team gathers together again in Utah for the US national championships at Soldier Hollow. We have skiers coming in from around the world, but by Sunday night we should all be under one roof again.
Last week, we had two fairly big races in Anchorage: races 1 and 2 of the Besh Cup series, which serves as qualifier races for junior skiers hoping to compete at the US junior national championships. Results can be found here: http://www.crosscountryalaska.org/2006/10/11/besh-cup-results-2/
Here are a couple pictures of Davis in the second Besh Cup race, in Chugiak:
And as for me, I decided to spend Christmas week in the southern California desert, riding my bike in the sunshine. Tomorrow I'll travel back to Anchorage where I'll have just a few hours to drop off my bike, grab my ski bag, and fly back south to Utah where I'll meet the team for a week of racing at US Nationals.