An update on the new plan...
The three races originally scheduled for Whistler Olympic Park on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday of this week have been canceled due to a lack of snow.
Instead, races will be as follows:
Thursday - 15km skate (mass start); Sovereign Lakes
Friday - Classic sprint; Sovereign Lakes
Sunday - 10km classic (interval start); Silverstar
Huge props to the NorAm organizers and volunteers for managing to pull together three races with just four days notice. There will be a coaches' work party on Wednesday to help get the stadium ready.
We were lucky enough to be able to arrange to stay in our same condo for the duration of this week so accommodations have not been a problem. However, on the trip home a week from today Lorris and I will be taking a fairly hilarious route - Kelowna-Vancouver, two hour lay over, Vancouver-Edmonton. Perfect.
Madeleine was 12th yesterday (results) and it may be hard to believe, but this was more or less according to plan. Last year we needed to win all the NorAm races to secure a world cup spot for the spring. This year, we are focusing on peaking for two key races - the pursuit in Canmore in early January and the distance race at the world cup in Whistler in mid January.
Today is a recovery day for Madeleine with an easy ski this morning. Tomorrow will be some short sprints to work on speed with another fairly easy day on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's race.