There are only four days to go unil Lorris and I meet the rest of the Fast Trax Pro Team in Vernon. Despite an early set back due to an emergency appendix issue, Madeleine has had a phenomenal summer of training and I'm excited for the racing to begin.
Last week I spent an entire evening with Pierre Langevin and Geoff Thornell, from Fischer. We had a great opportunity to discuss the RCS line, including boots and skis, as well as the direction Fischer is going to be taking into the 2010 Olympics. Pierre was able to confirm a lot of what we already knew and provided some additional insights:
- Plus base (28) vs cold base (A5); really doesn't matter, both bases are excellent. Far more important to pick skis that are specific to the conditions you are dealing with.
- Tip splay on classic skis; don't get too worked up about seeing this. Soft tips are the goods in soft conditions and soft tips = tip splay.
- RCS boots; the most technologically advanced, high performane boots on the market. The Fast Trax Pro Team is proud to be rocking Fischer boots this year thanks to the support of guys like Pierre and Geoff.
Madeleine is starting a fairly easy week consisting mainly of zone 1 skiing and sharpening sprints. I, on the other hand, am starting an insane week at my real job in order to get ready to take at least a month off. There is work to be done in the office, meetings to attend, and tons of packing to complete. That being said, this is what my new office looks like:
Rumours have begun to circulate that Jack Cook may be joining the Fast Trax Pro Team in Vernon to assist as a serviceman. More importantly, however, there are rumuours that Jack will be starting the 15km classic race this coming Sunday. See the link to Jack's blog below!
Finally, huge ups to Devon Kershaw for his 5th place finish in the 15km classic in Kuusamo today. Also, huge ups to Stefan Kuhn for his 15th place finish in the classic sprint yesterday. The Canadians are off to a great start on the world cup already!
Stay tuned for further updates as this week's races approach!