Transition Late Winter to Spring 2015

Written by Olivier

After both World Championships events in Quebec City I decided to take on another challenge before the Gatineau Loppet and the Oka Ski Marathon. This would be my firsts ski only races and I felt good enough to challenge the 51k course in Gatineau and the half marathon event in Oka.

In the cold and windy conditions during the Gatineau Loppet, I had a rough start but eventually kept at it and placed 13th overall and 3rd in my age group. I unfortunately did the same error off the start in Oka (I didn’t realize that not only is the start really important in cross-country skiing to pass other athletes afterwards but to set yourself up in a great position to get a good start is also critical). My slow start didn’t allow me to stay with the leaders and eventually the gap was too much to recover on my own. I completed the course in 6th position and 2nd in my age group.

All and all sure I maybe didn’t attain my objectives on paper however for my first races I can proudly say that I showed a lot of character even through tough portions of my racing. I studied other competitors and absorbed as much as I could from more experienced athletes (i.e. technique and racing strategy) in order to build on that for the upcoming 2016 season.

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