After making a smooth transition from wearing a race bib to a service bib as a wax tech with Australia, the harsh reality of making the transition back to a race bib has hit home this week. The past two days I have participated at the 2010 Canadian Ski Championships in Whitehorse, YT. Due to my fall in Whistler I was doubtful last week that I would be able to handle much racing. But to my surprise the hurt I experienced in yesterday's 10km classic, and today's 15km skate was a not from my cracked rib and tissue damage but from an overall lack of race fitness. After the 10km I realized that my back didn't really tighten up, wasn't that sore and if anything felt better.
I made the decision last night to race 15km today (skating has been very uncomfortable since the fall) and like the day before it was a worthwhile decision. Although I wasn't contending for a podium spot I enjoyed the racing. Now that my racing career is winding down I feel the 15km is too short and moving forward I don't think I will get enough of a feeling of accomplishment from just racing 15km with a mediocre result. To finish a 50km race regardless of the result is an accomplishment in and of itself. With that in mind I look forward to Sunday's 50km classic event as it marks the end of my pursuit of skiing glory and my transition into the life as a Master's skier.