#74 crossed the finish line, last

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#74 crossed the finish line, last

Nelson BC Nordic SkiingThe Nelson Nordic Ski Club hosted an incredible Kootenay Cup event on January 27th, 2013 in Nelson, BC. Little wee skiers to adults of all ages, and all abilities, flooded the race track, walking, pushing, sliding and skate-skiing their way across the finish line. It was exciting watching everyone do the best they could. Which I can say for myself, I did the best I could. I signed up for the Nelson Kootenay Cup with the intent of finishing the race, that was my goal. I didn’t think all that much however about the true distance I was about to skate-ski, for the first time in my life, 15 kms.  I pushed out of the gates ahead of about two people and very quickly saw only the backsides of everyone. Within seconds some were out of my vision. I grunted and sweated (yes Travis I was over dressed), but carried on at ‘my pace’. (Thank you Shelley for those final words of advice as I completed my second lap.) After my 3 stadium loops, and Cottonwood, and heading into my final laps of the stadium I realized it was just me left to finish the 15km. They had started tearing down the course, and officials were leaving their posts, but one fine gentleman saw my confusion on where to go to finish my last lap and came to my rescue, and directed me, or should I say escorted me to the finish line.  He even encouraged me to ‘giver all I got’ for the last 100 or so meters, which I did. Not sure I actually went any faster at that point. I don’t know my final time. Does it matter? I finished! Would I do it again? Most definitely, and if I came in last again, that would be completely fine. I am a stronger skate-skier for completing this challenge and am elated about learning to become better and better. Look out Nancy and Linda, #74 may be clipping the back of your skis next year, maybe. The Nelson Nordic Ski Club accumulated the most points at Teck Kootenay Cup #5 last weekend, but the Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club retained the overall lead in the competition for the Teck Kootenay Cup Series aggregate prize that will be awarded following the final race in Kimberley next month. Five clubs from the region participated in Sunday’s race:

  • Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club
  • Kimberley Nordic Ski Club
  • Castlegar Nordic Ski Club
  • Nelson Nordic Ski Club
  • Hills Nordic Ski Club

 

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Nelson Nordic Skiing

Photos were taken by John Boulanger, the full album can be viewed here: https://plus.google.com/photos/109700247204455971150/albums/5838276606388666145?authkey=COvxyoqAhc-hZA  

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