This past Saturday we traveled to the rollerski track in Jericho to meet some MMU athletes for a rollerski sprint relay. The weather was everything but nice; cold, rainy, and windy, but it wouldn’t stop us from having an exciting day. We skied one quick loop and then met up with the MMU athletes to pick teams. We had just enough for five teams of three people each. There would be two races of two laps for each team member.
The first race was wet and slippery resulting in two crashes. In one of the crashes Elena lost her balance on a downhill and slid on her side halfway down the hill getting some muddy wet clothes and a few scrapes. Danny suffered a little more dramatic fall and finished the race with a battered knee, two bloody elbows, and a sore hip. He finished the first race, but didn’t race the second because he was being bandaged up by Sabra. John and Kristin, his teammates, suffered a great loss however they got Tim in exchange for the injured Danny.
In the second race, or as we called it the A-final, Tim had a very impressive ski as Danny’s replacement and claimed the days fastest split. His team ended up winning with an impressive last leg by John who fended off John Dixon from CVU and Justin. During the races we had a MMU athlete filming and Brie took plenty of photos. After the final race we put on some dry clothes, ate some homemade cookies, and started our drive back to school.
This race was our last hard rollerski effort before we head to British Columbia on Monday the 24th for three weeks of on snow training. That is if we live through exams. Keep posted for stories from British Columbia!