Dublin Skiers Find Speed in Craftsbury

Five Dublin School skiers headed to Craftsbury, Vermont for some fun spring racing on Sunday with High Performance Team coach Kathy Maddock. Ninth grader Clint Macy had a strong qualifier and ended up in the consolation “King’s Court” competition where he ended up in second place! Juniors Aaro Virtanen and Quinn Wilson snuck into the top twenty in the qualifying round before going on to finish fifth and fourth respectively in their strong quarterfinal heats. Junior Agnes Macy and Senior Lilly Bates qualified for and ended up in the same quarterfinal where they finished sixth and fifth respectively. Alumnus Calvin Bates ‘17 won his semifinal and then unfortunately broke his pole in the final and finished 6th. Finally, Coach Kathy won the masters division of the classic sprint on Saturday! It was a fun day all around and great to see our friends from other schools and clubs.

 Clint, Lilly, Quinn, Kathy, Aaro, and Aggie.

Clint, Lilly, Quinn, Kathy, Aaro, and Aggie.

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Inspiration

Killian Jornet is one of the most inspiring skiers that I like to follow on YouTube and I am sharing my favorite video featuring him. While his accomplishments are exemplary, I am most inspired by his attitude about training, life, and competition. Here are some of my favorite quotes about skiing, goals, and failure from this video:

“What is cool about mountaineering is to fail. Is to go there and see that—no you cannot because you are not ready or because the conditions aren’t. You fail, like, 50% of the time. That means you have the motivation for keeping going… I think my big moment is always tomorrow.”

“Most people think about me as a runner, but I’ve never considered myself a runner [fyi: he’s the best mountain runner on the planet!]. I started running as a training for the winter. I grew up skiing, I grew up climbing, and running was just a thing to do in the summer when it’s dry. It’s cool to run when there’s not snow, but when it’s snow, it’s no way that you’re gonna run!”

“We have the possibility to explore a huge playground. That’s what I like.”

“ I have been racing for 15 years, but the final goal is not to race, it’s to be able to move in the mountains quick.”

Craftsbury Camp Wrapup

 The Crew. #DublinSchoolNordic

The Crew. #DublinSchoolNordic

We awoke to a beautiful day at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and we were thrilled to arrive at the dining hall to find the famous Craftsbury bacon! There is a saying among Nordic skiers in New England that the ski season does not begin until you have had Craftsbury bacon.

After packing up we went for a two hour classic ski on perfect extra blue wax (the perfect wax for perfect conditions) tracks. Alison and I worked with our skiers on kick double technique, downhill cornering, and transitions.

We had some beautiful wipeouts! Kathy took her group for a long tour, working in some speed work along the way.

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We ended up the camp with a game of sharks and minnows. Lots of a laughs and a few bruised egos. We even posed for our alpine team friends who are enjoying some skiing in Maine.

 Our attempt at alpine poses.

Our attempt at alpine poses.

Thank you to Lisa, Alison, and Kathy for all their help with this camp. Thank you to the skiers for their awesome attitudes, humor, and work ethic. See you next year COC!

Craftsbury Camp Day #2

 Dublin skiers wearing their ski club colors.

Dublin skiers wearing their ski club colors.

We were up early for a run today to loosen up our muscles for a full day of activity. We ran straight to breakfast for some delicious local food: eggs, blueberry sausage, maple yogurt, granola, waffles, and pastries!

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After breakfast we joined coach Kathy for a refresher on the skate technique—which required that we use an entirely different set of equipment from our classic day of skiing yesterday. Pretty cool that our kids get to be coached by the reigning masters world champion! Lila and Francisco were skate skiing for the first time in their lives and picked up the style very quickly. Coach Alison is amazing at working with beginners and both skiers soon skied a difficult 10km loop—that is pretty much unheard of in our sport.

 Kathy working with the group on skating technique.

Kathy working with the group on skating technique.

We played our favorite game of tag for the next forty-five minutes. We are big fans of playing games and making practice as fun as possible. The newbies learn how to ski fast when they are being chased down! Next, we met with Sam Dougherty, who coaches the COC biathlon team. He taught us all how to use a rifle safely before having the kids try their hand at shooting. ur skiers were quite good and many hit all five of their targets.

 Sam giving instruction at the biathlon range.

Sam giving instruction at the biathlon range.

We broke the team up into four teams of three and had a relay race. We did it Olympic style and had the skiers ski a short penalty lap for every shot they missed. We ended the day with three groups skiing different tours. I skied with Lawrence, Lila, Alex, and Theresa on the Duck Pond Loop—one of my favorite trails. The snow was falling as returned to our dorm in darkness.

 The race is on!

The race is on!

After another long and delicious dinner we headed over to the gym to work on Andy Newell’s (US ski Team star) latest custom strength workout for us.

 The cheesecake did not disappoint!

The cheesecake did not disappoint!

Our skiers were exhausted but worked hard to the end. It is awfully quiet in the dormitory so I think everyone fell asleep!