|Greg and Joe climbing and looking strong. |
|I am focusing on Erin ahead of me as I climb. |
|Moments after the finish. I'm walking over to Greg, and feeling a bit blah about my finish. Photo Credit: Grace Vanderzande|
I wouldn't be honest (or human) if I said that I wasn't disappointed that I didn't have the same finishing result as last week. But that feeling didn't last long. After the race, while joking about his epic fall, Graham was asking me why I didn't race in the Frontenac Snowshoe race. I explained that I had a lingering injury that was still bothering me at that time - and it was then that it occurred to me that, I am SO lucky to be racing this well, so soon after an injury. The win last week threw me into competitive-mode and I forgot how fast I was able to bounce back. I am so grateful for that! For the last week I had forgotten about my recent injury, the idea that I may win the series was a nice one to entertain. I had a great idea about who I would give my hypothetical winning snowshoe prize to, and it was exciting to think about me winning the series in my rookie year as a snowshoe runner. But that was not to be. CJ Best won the race, placing her first in the series. I was second in the race, and in the series. She is an amazing athlete, and it's wonderful getting a chance to race with her. Congrats CJ on your win, and all the best in your future racing seasons (on or off snowshoes). Full results can be found here.
|Derrick presenting me the 2nd place female award - Thanks D! Photo credit: ScallyEventPhotos.ca|
After a nice cool-down with Greg, Joe and Erin we enjoyed the post-race food and best post-race coffee ever (Thanks Hillside coffee!) by a roaring bonfire. Race director Derrick Spafford sourced over $2500 worth of prizes to be awarded at the race. I appreciate my prize for my 2nd in the ladies division - a running room gift card, lip balm, Elevate me bars, and my favourite out of the heap of goodies was a pair of handmade fleece socks (made by Derrick's mom). I absolutely love those! I ended up walking away with a draw prize as well - some Kahtoola Microspikes. Looking forward to using those on the trails!
Our drive home was easy and we got through Toronto without any difficulty. Greg and I chatted about our races, and the upcoming races that we're going to do together. Greg is thinking about running his first ultra this summer. I'm thrilled about this - it has taken me 8 years to convince Greg to give it a try. Greg was joking that if he's going to be an ultra trail runner, he needs to seriously consider growing a beard. Get that beard growing Greg!
I love these weekends away together with Greg. I'm extremely lucky to be able to race with him and do these events together. We get some time away exploring new places and doing something we love. My parents hosted another "sleepover at Grandmas" and the kids were happy to spend the weekend with their Grandparents. Thank you Mom and Dad!
My very short snowshoe racing season is done. I hope to race in the series again next year. I had a great time. My focus quickly changes from getting myself ready for racing to getting my student-athletes ready to race. I coach and help to prepare a large group of kids to race in a local charity 5k race in April, and then those runners become my distance team for track and field. Since I've missed a few years of teaching/coaching due to maternity leave and illness, I hope to begin to build the team again to the enthusiastic group of distance runners that I had a few years ago. I'm looking forward to getting out there and running with my team.
Thanks to my sponsors CLIF bar for the delicious CLIF shots, CLIF bars, CLIF bloks, and CLIF builders protein bars, that I use in my training. Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for the amazing Dion 121 Racing Frame snowshoes from Spafford Health and Adventure. Thanks again to Spafford Health and Adventure for the entry to the race. Thanks to RD Derrick Spafford (and his team of family and friends) for a very well-done race. Everything went great. The course was well-marked and really beautiful. And it was one of those races where you can see the race director's personal touches in it (some good example are the dozens of hand-made socks given away, the live music, the food, and the enormous amount of draw prizes - almost everyone got a little something that they weren't expecting). Special thanks to my coach Derrick - thanks for introducing me and Greg to this awesome sport, we both had fantastic rookie seasons - you created two more snowshoe running enthusiasts!