We are all gearing up for the supposed sprint race that is happening tomorrow. Late this morning we were out testing skis and attempting to preview the course. It is hard to say whether we were skiing the correct course or not, because there were no markings or tracks set, and the coaches meeting isn't taking place until 2 hours before the start of the race. Needless to say, they are very relaxed about race organization over here. Last week in Muonio, course control was non-existant, and here race information is all hear-say and speculation.
But things are more under-control than they sound. It appears that the course heads out of the stadium diagonally, under a bridge, then over that bridge, up the big climb, which we have been skiing as a downhill since we got here three weeks ago, 180° turn at the top of the climb, bomb the down hill, back over the bridge, over a second bridge, and straight to the finish. Should be fast and fun!
Sam skis the loop-the-loop
The stadium at race time. I heard 200 people are registered for the race, not sure where they were today.
The climb in the course. The one track was being used in both directions for previewing the course, so you had to be careful not to collide.
Other than that, we've been enjoying our last week here in Finland. Wake up, eat, train, eat, nap, train, eat, hang out, sleep, repeat. We've run into town a couple of times, eaten a lot of digestive crackers, and huddled on the couch to watch episodes of Californication.
Downtown Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland
Jätkänkynttilä bridge with its eternal flame over the Kemijoki river