When I joined the Women’s Dartmouth Ski Team, I knew I was about to be a part of a group of fast skiers, and, based on those I already knew, a group of pretty cool people as well. In retrospect, I really had no idea what I was getting myself in to…
The ski season is coming to an (almost) close, though many are still racing in the weeks to come and some are planning on heading west for Super Tour Finals during our Spring Break. While we all have very different schedules in the winter, this weekend was off of racing for most of our women (apart from the lovely Eliana who crushed the Stowe Derby on Sunday), and it was a really good week for us to be able to get back together and regroup for a strong end of the season. We pounded out a great training block with all different types of skiing. We started the week in the strength room and got in some good agility practice on Tuesday. Later on we threw in some intervals and -our favorite- downhill practice. Oak Hill is a great place to take some risks on the downhills. The 10km course lends some super technical turns ending with the infamous s-turns. We have some really strong downhill skiers on the team, and it’s been great for me to push my comfort zones with them this year. On Saturday we headed over to Oak Hill (in the -7 degree weather), for another solid interval session. We did skate relay sprints in Kendall Field, and everyone did an awesome job pushing through the cold weather. We’ve done intervals like this in the past, and I find that they are really beneficial for the team as a whole. In an individual sport, it’s fun to be able to work with a teammate every once in a while.
While I don’t know much about the first half of the week because I was sick, I can tell you all about what seems to be the season’s most anticipated event: Dartmouth Carnival! Hosted by the one-and-only Craftsbury Outdoor Center (now with awesome renovations!), this weekend of racing is definitely one of the best of the year. The Carnival began on Friday with a freestyle sprint, which was followed by a 10K freestyle interval start on Saturday. Congrats to Corey for placing second and third, respectively, among the college women! Some skiers also stayed to race the 10K classic mass start on Sunday.
Carnival fun! And Julia shows off her selfie skills.
Corey on the podium! Creds to Hilary
How are we already half way through the term? 15W seems to be flying by and the ski season is rushing right along with it.
We started our volume week with an OD ski and some exciting agility, bouncing around Oak Hill and doing a couple one on one speeds as the boys flew by us down the slopes of the ski area.
On Wednesday, after a few intervals, we did a mental huddle with the piney team. Considering that we share the same locker room, I feel like we usually don’t get the opportunity to sit down and chat with them all and so the opportunity to do so was definitely a luxury! We generated some very productive conversation about overcoming obstacles and it was great to hear a different perspective on the subject.
By Thursday the varsity team was off to the St. Mike’s carnival at Sleepy Hollow in preparation for a 5k classic and mixed relay race. The course featured a large climb, and gradual downhill, and then another climb to the finish. The team had some outstanding results, and I would like to highlight Mary’s top 10 finish in the 5K and a third in the mixed relay!
Over in Craftsbury, VT, another group of girls were racing a whole different selection of races. On Saturday, there was a huge turnout for the marathon (50 K) and half marathon (25 K) races. The temperatures were freezing, but everyone did extremely well with some stand out performances – Emily had a 2nd place finish in the 25K. Continue reading