It was a great day of racing in Jackson NH this past Saturday January 21st, for the NENSA One Day Club Championship. The morning started with low clouds, above freezing, and it almost felt like rain as I left the Eagle Mountain House. But by race time, the sun was out, and klister was on everyone’s skis! The course was in great shape – lots of cover and good tracks.
This was my second year participating in the WMC. I was not sure I was even going to race at the beginning of the week – as work and travel had me worn out. I decided to just embrace the day, and the chance to get out and actually ski, with my CSU club teammates. I made the big mistake of grabbing a pair of my daughter’s skis to race on – ones I had never skied on before. They were sweet skis, but I underestimated the (lack of) depth of the wax pocket, and over klistered my skis. I had BOMBER kick, and NO glide. I flew up Yodel and The Wave, but suffered immensely on the flats and downhills. But I was happy to be out skiing, enjoying the day, and cheering on my teammates as we crisscrossed trails throughout the course.
Jackson does a great job with this annual race. After, we were all treated to a fantastic lunch provided by all the local business, and served up with smiles by the youth in the Jackson ski program.
The competition for the One Day Club Championship was fierce. In the end, the Women’s and even the Men’s categories were SO close!
For the Women – there was a tie for first place with NWVE and CSU, with 3 points each, so a tie breaker was invoked, and NWVE earned the title of Club Champion (their next highest racer earned a second place, and CSU a third place); CSU was the second overall; and Stowe Nordic was third, with 4 points
For the Men – NWVE earned the title to Club Champion with 6 points total, CSU was second with 7 points, and Craftsbury was third with 11 points.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the racers and clubs who participated ~ see you all next year!