Setting The Scene
I haven't been pulling my weight of blog posts around here. Elspeth has been holding down the fort all by herself lately. I started writing one, thought about writing a race report once racing finally started again, but I just wasn't into the story. My last post was about the July 100k roller ski. Based on that last post and this one, it looks like my inspiration lately is stupid ideas.
No need for me to tell you that the last year has been anything but normal. When racing did get started some of the normalcy almost returned. I did the Pre-Loppet, Skinny Santa, and Seeley hills. I was racing OK, but not great. At that point I was still planning on skiing the in person Birkie and even though it wasn't going to "count" (count being defined as qualifying for the Elite Wave like any respectable wave one skier dreams of). Then the cold snap hit, races got cancelled or pushed back, I had a few really rough practices, and then Mora was anything but encouraging.
I'm realizing more and more that I ski for the social aspect more than the competition. Sure I still want to do well and I'll put in the work solo if I have to, but I really like the social scene that comes with the training and racing.
So the thought of driving up to Cable early in the morning on Saturday, racing in a race that doesn't count, maybe well, maybe poorly, and then getting back in my car and driving straight back home without getting to hang out with all of my ski friends was just depressing.
Time for a new plan.