The Dublin team headed back to Proctor last Wednesday to compete in a 5 km classic race hosted by the Cardigan Mountain School. With conditions icing up the coaches quickly realized they were in for it and brought out the klister wax. Skiers and coaches have a love and hate relationship with klister. We love it because it gives you great kick in super fast skiing conditions. We hate it because it feels like a combination of honey and epoxy without any of the sweetness. And, the best way to apply it is with your fingers. It gets over everything and is hard to get out. Coaches are particular about their brands of klister and swear by the magical properties of their various brands. The six major wax companies make different klisters for all kinds of different conditions. If you ice right, in this case for our 32 skiers, in can make your teams multiple seconds faster than another team's waxing job. If you pick incorrectly you can ruin the day of your entire team! The Norwegians bring in two 18 wheeler mobile waxing trucks to World Cup races just so they can get their wax right. I rely on coaches Alison, Lindsey and Lisa for their knowledge and expertise! Soon we will be ready to take on the Norwegians.
Once we had everyone waxed up and ready to race we headed out to cheer on the team. Unfortunately we only saw a few of the boys finish. The real story of the day was the attitude and performance of some of our first year skiers. Special shout to new senior skier Kate who had an awesome attitude and a strong race.
Our ninth grade girls seem to improve by minutes each week. Sita (shown below) has figured out the perfect body position for the classical technique. This photo shows he skiing upright but with a killer forward lean. Go Sita.
While the teams did not race as well as they did a week before, they both made the podium with the boys snagging another second place and the girls finishing in third. Next week we head to St. Paul's for their fun sprint event before returning to Dublin for our home race on the 17th!