The men then took off on their 2 lap, 13 km race. While I was tired from a week at CSU Jr ski camp at Bretton Woods, I decided I had to toe the line given the fabulous conditions on one of my favorite ski courses. I went with an interesting wax job that worked beautifully in the lightly glazing snow which stayed mostly powdery in the shade without being slow or icing up. I used soft skies with one layer of old Star Silver, a magic wax back in the day, covered with a couple layers of Toko Red topped with Toko Blue to speed things up. I had great kick which was needed since I was somewhat drained and had pretty fast skis. Taking off, I managed to catch a few masters while getting passed by younger guys. I fell once on the famed Chicane 180 degree turn just because I was tired, but got up and vowed to master it on lap two. As I finished out the loop I started feeling better and better, a nice sign for lap two!
Coming around for the lap I was so focused on the Chicane that I didn't even notice that the Chicane loop was not part of the second lap and that we were to skip that part of the course and take the BKSL cutoff instead. I got an inkling of that as I came down the hill and at the junction of the two trails, skier 44 come in from the side (I was number 27). Wow, I thought, that kid has cut the course, I'll have to report that. But in the back of my mind I suspected he was right and I was wrong. When we caught #36 I knew I'd screwed up. Doh! I mean really, I've skied every Bogburn that's been held, know all the old trails, change the arrows for the BKSL races and know every bump on those trails and I messed up. Duh! I passed a couple of masters for the second time and wearily dragged myself up the last couple hills to the finish. While I'd skied about 1 km farther on one of the hardest hills of the course and lost several places (maybe 4+ minutes??) I had had a good time on the famed Bogburn course in beautiful fresh powder snow. Of course, I felt like a fool too! However, maybe I got the best deal because I'd gotten a chance to ski longer in great conditions and yes, I did get around the Chicane on lap two without falling! A short warmdown with Doug Armstrong and I was cooked pretty well for the day. Other CSUers, including Andy Milne, John Sakalowski, Jody Newton and Larry and Sarah Mae Berman were a whole lot smarter than me and raced well and I think all winning their respective age groups. Andy - 46:58, John - 48:20, Jamie - 54:40, Larry - 1:19:30. Jody - 34:37, Sara Mae - 57:13.
Results are HERE
Here are a few BKSL photos I took to see what you all missed:
|Race Director and trail designer Bob Haydock|
|Wow, it looks like winter should look!|
|Ford Sayre BKSL kids everywhere! And, they really ski well!|