This was one of the best days of the winter. Backcountry skiing Bolton to Trapps on the Catamount Trail.
Jojo and I made the trek up north the day before the race. We thought that Gatineau, Canada was going to be a quaint little town so we were more than a little bit surprised to roll into a big, bustling city. I literally didn't even map directions to the hotel because I thought it would be obvious where it was. Through the marvels of modern technology, we were able to locate the hotel and then immediately book it out to the venue. We skied for half an hour in the setting sun and it was gorgeous. There are trails everywhere. After the shake down ski, it was mission poutine. Even though this restaurant was lit with blue lights, surprisingly, it was the perfect spot to complete this mission. This brewery made amazing food and the best poutine we have ever had. Then, I got my fancy new race suit from the VTXC team, and I was ready to go.
Poutine. In all its glory.
Finishing the Gatineau Loppet
I will definitely take fitness away from this loppet and my Vermont ski block, but I will take away something more. I think I found a new level of suffering out there, and this may come in handy during the upcoming season. I also learned that fifty kilometer ski races take an extraordinary amount of mental toughness, and my sister is a suffer queen. I'm so impressed that she does these efforts weekend after weekend. I didn't think it was possible but, I have garnered even more respect. Next up, I am competing in the Rangeley Loppet in Maine next weekend and then I head west to get on my bike in warmer weather. I'm first going to a USA Cycling board meeting and USAC mountain bike skills camp in Colorado and then it's off to Santa Cruz, California for the bike training block. With snow and surf happening in the next two weeks, life is great. I am so incredibly lucky.
Thanks for reading,
Thanks to Drew (red coat) from Swix for making my Atomic Skis FAST
I'm on a nordic ski podium!
This was our awesome crew to ski from Bolton to Trapps. Daria Bishop, Brodie, Sister Sabe, me, Jojo, Summer Bishop, Andy Bishop (coach!), and our good friend Karl who was visiting from California
Sabe and I are so pumped to be enjoying the freshies together in the backcountry
Jojo and Summer. This was jojo's first time skiing and she did amazing
My family went to our old stomping ground, Middlebury Carnival, to watch our cousin, Destrey, compete in the slalom for Colby College. It was so great to dip back into the ski world, to see Destrey, and to visit Middlebury