Off to the races

Today was a good day for the cross country ski races. It was warm with temperatures in the upper teens and low 20’s, and fresh snow yesterday.

Karen was in the kindergarten through 2nd grade girls group and took 3rd place! Not bad for her very first race. (They were signed up for a race in December, but it was cancelled due to cold weather) We originally thought from the group of kids she was in near the finish that she would be 5th, but one of them was a boy and then she passed a girl right at the finish line to get third place. Her race was 1km.

Richard had a big disadvantage. Most of the others in his group (5th & 6th grade boys) were part of the ski club’s developmental competition team. They practice for 1.5 hours/day most days of the week. His race was 2km long. He finished way last, but did complete it so I’m satisfied. We need to practice more often and do more hill climbing so he can get better. He still wants to learn skate skiing next year. Perhaps we can get a good deal on those skis and boots at the fall ski swap or used from another family. He’ll also need new boots for his current skis. He’s growing fast 🙂

I want to give a big thank you to the Fairbanks Junior Nordics for sponsoring them in these races.

Their next set of lessons begin Thursday night. They will be once a week for 6 weeks. Then in March, they will have lessons twice a week for 3 weeks. After breakup when things dry up, we will hit the trails starting cross country running and biking. Hopefully next fall we will all be in better shape for ski season. This year was mostly a test to see if everyone liked it and how well it fits without schedule. So far, I think it’s working pretty good. As they get older, if they are still interested in competing, we likely will have to put more time into it.

UPDATE: Well, we were right afterall, Karen did officially take 5th out of 9. I don’t know why she was given a 3rd place ribbon. Her 1km time was, 9:43.7  Richard’s 2km time was, 24:21.5 There were 13 boys in his race.