Hello Hello! Kelly and I are currently sitting in the mid lodge at Stratton Mountain waiting for our race to begin. It is 11 o’ clock and the first forerunner just left the gate. It has been quite a week so far. Beginning with witnessing a car crash right outside the grocery store we stopped at in Springfield. We proceeded to our motel, and moved in. We’re staying in the annex, complete with “the Electric Lounge,” an arcade/lounge with fogged up windows; and a game room down some wooden steps in an unfinished basement. Tuesday and Wednesday we had GS races, which were beyond fabulous for both of us. We also managed to finally get our phones buzzing, which is something that doesn’t happen often. While staying in Manchester we got to see the cool cat himself Henry Miles (A Holderness graduate) and dine with him twice. It was lovely to see him. Now we are here still at the Stratton ECUPS waiting to take our runs down the slalom course.
A typical day at a ski race:
6:30 Roll out of bed and head out the door for our morning run through the snow in the cold
6:45 Get dressed, pack our bags
7:00 Hit the snowy road, stop for breakfast along the way
8:00 arrive at the mountain and register
8:30 inspect the course (or on very snowy days, slip it out 4 times, then inspect)
8:45-11:00 take a free run, sit in the lodge, take your race run, sit in the lodge, play cards, eat, do homework?, read a novel, work on blogs
12:30 Inspect for second run
12:45-2:30 take a free run, sit in the lodge, take your race run, get your ass kicked by college girls, sit in the lodge, call your parents and cry, eat more, wait for your team to finish
3:00 leave the mountain
3:30- 5:15 sit on your bed, do homework, tune your skis, go for a run, shower…?
7:00 scrape the wax off your skis
8:30 have an interpretive dance party
9:00 go to bed
Do It all again!!!