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January 18, 2014

A bit more intensity couldn’t hurt…

Filed under: Canada, Ski, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 10:16 PM

Today was our first loppet of the season, the Reino Keski Salmi Loppet at Larch Hills. I left work early yesterday and we drove 5hrs to get to Salmon Arm. The drive was pretty cool though as we have another temperature inversion hitting the province and we drove from overcast in Vancouver to heavy fog half way up the Coquihalla into beautiful sunshine near the summit to a fog filled Nicola Valley and back to sunshine near Surrey Lake summit before the daylight ran out on us. It was cold in the fog and all the trees were covered in frost – very pretty.

The loppet started early this morning, 9AM. It was foggy in Salmon Arm and by the time we got to the Larch Hill ski area, we were almost out of the fog. It was cold though, -6C. I had no expectation for this loppet. Last time I did this one it was horrible…I had a sore back for most of the race and it was a 36km slog. This year, conditions were pretty good despite the snow being  a bit older. My grip tape worked quite well and the downhills weren’t icy. So I actually enjoyed it but still was going pretty darn slow. All-day pace without the stopping for pictures. Although I was tempted on top with the view over the fog-filled valley. Nevertheless, I knocked over 30min off my time, and even though the course was 2km shorter this year that’s still an improvement. I even beat a couple of 60+ year old ladies and an 80+ ex-Olympian – he raced in the Olympics before I was born :-). 80th out of 83 racers – pretty sad really. Maybe I should start thinking about actually racing and not just skiing….or just stick to racing in kayaks :-). Jeff had a great race. He finished in 2:16,  37th overall.

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2 Comments »

  1. Well, you can’t win them all. I plan to do the Canadian Birkenbeiner this year, and I will be happy to finish under the time limit… Let alone beating any Olympians!

    Comment by catherine — January 19, 2014 @ 7:21 AM

    • Good luck Catherine!! Are you doing the 55km, with or without the pack?

      Comment by K2 in Canada — January 19, 2014 @ 10:04 AM


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