Friday, January 20, 2012

Always good to be back at the WOP

Finally! Something encouraging this year! For those who don’t know, I had a really slow start this season with some health issues taking over the majority of my focus and energy. This past weekend I had my first GOOD race this year in the 30km pursuit (15km classic/15km skate). I actually had a bad start and lost 4:47 to the top open men in the opening classic leg but the final 15km were the best of the year. I got in the moment and really pushed my comfort levels to move up 8 positions and wind up with the second fastest U23 skate time. I only ended up 17th overall (8th in U23) but it’s the feeling I’ve been looking for all year. I’m so thankful for a little bit of motivation and being able to give a full effort! Next race is this Sunday (Canadian Westerns-15km skate mass start) followed by the next IBU Cup Tour Trials on February 4th-5th!


Great pics by Jesse Winter at: http://www.jessewinterphotography.com/Sports/Callaghan-Valley-NorAm-and/21007420_cTvXbc#!i=1669815026&k=2brpBnn

6 comments:

LoneIslander said...

Good to hear bro

T. Roger Thomas said...

8th in your age bracket sounds good to me.

Thielmann said...

always proud, Matt... and an inspiration to your little cousins Lu and Finn. Jesse's photos are really stellar, I'm guessing he's not using an iphone to take his pictures! Lu really wants to XCounty ski... I guess we'll set something up for her sooner or later... she's likes her swimming (good at) an gymnastics (has fun at), too, but sadly, we can't get her hooked on soccer.... that's the parents' choice sport -- no expensive equipment, no early mornings, and the girls aren't catty like in volleyball.

justjoe said...

Good luck today dude! Keep at it!

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