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Posts Tagged ‘eastern cup’

A look back

6.Feb.2011 by Lauren Jacobs

Yesterday I went out on the course at Trapp’s to take photos of our guys racing in the 10 km skate and I realized that I still had photos on my camera from Nationals that had not yet made it on to my computer. Whoops! So here is a brief visual journey through a few, as yet un-blogged about events from the last month.

Hannah in a skate sprint heat on the last day of Nationals. She ended up 10th!

Hannah in a skate sprint heat on the last day of Nationals. She ended up 10th!

Tim leading a heat in the skate sprint at Nationals. He qualified 5th!

Tim qualified 5th in the skate sprint at Nationals. Here he is leading a heat up the major climb on the course.

After the last race at Nationals Chelsea, Hannah, and I stayed in Maine for one extra day to volunteer at a Fast and Female event at Gould Academy in Bethel. Fast and Female is an organization that was started by Canadian Olympian Chandra Crawford with the goal of getting girls to stay involved with sports. (Check out Chelsea’s Fasterskier article about it here.) The whole day in Bethel was all about being active, having fun, and getting girls psyched about skiing. It was a great day!

Chelsea leading her group through one of the stations.

Chelsea leading her group through one of the stations.

I led a "bean-bag biathlon" station. If you missed, you had to do push-ups.

I led a "bean-bag biathlon" station. If you missed, you had to do push-ups.

Maybe I've been in Craftsbury too long, but I hadn't heard of zumba until this day. It was...interesting.

Maybe I've been in Craftsbury too long, but I hadn't heard of zumba until this day. It was...interesting.

The whole crew. 130 + girls and 30 + instructors!

The whole crew. 130 + girls and 30 + instructors!

And finally, a shot I grabbed at yesterday’s UVM Carnival / NENSA Eastern Cup race at Trapp’s.

Ben Koons, Pat, and Matt coming into the finish.

Ben Koons, Pat, and Matt coming into the finish.

Home, Home on the Range

22.Feb.2010 by Lauren Jacobs

Many people have been asking me why I didn’t go out to Wisconsin with the rest of the team. The answer is pretty simple: doing the Birkie just didn’t interest me that much. As a competitive skier in the United States that statement sounds like heresy but it’s just how I felt. I’ll do it some day and I’m sure I’ll have a great time, but this year it didn’t make sense for me. Instead I’m holding down the fort here at home. This past weekend we went to New Hampshire for the Eastern Cup finals and this coming weekend we’re taking our BKL crew to Maine for the BKL festival.

Hanover doesn’t have much in the way of snow, so the Silver Fox Trot was moved to Gunstock where they put in a ton of work and ended up with a great course. The sun was out and temperatures were up, so it was straight klister. I had a lot of fun in the race and Pepa even said I looked good striding the uphills. That might be a first! It was nice to feel strong with my classic skiing. After the race most of the Craftsbury clan descended on Gina Campolli’s sister’s house for the night. The house was absolutely beautiful and it was really fun to all be together for a big relaxing dinner.


Sunday’s race was a 4.5 km skate race at Holderness, which managed to pull off the event despite having very little snow. It was a crazy course, with one GIANT climb at the beginning followed by lots of flats and quick transitions. Apparently I did well on the climb and then lost lots of time in the transitions, highlighting what I already knew to be my biggest weakness. I was still happy with the race and then had fun watching the guys suffer on the slushy big hill during their race. We stayed for the New England JO team naming ceremony in which Craftsbury was very well represented: Kaitlyn, Hannah, Lia, Tara, Alex, and Jake all made the team. Congratulations!

Now I have a few weeks to get in some good training before our end-of-season races. Good luck to my teammates at the Birkie this weekend. And congrats to Ida for killing it on the Carnival circuit!