|Phil's XC Journal #11|
- By: Phil Villeneuve
One of the reasons I started writing this journal was to give my family, friends and sponsors a taste of my racing experiences, travels and thoughts throughout my racing season. Half the people out there had no clue as to what type of life we 'xc skiers' led. Hopefully these past few months of journal entries have enlightened you a bit. Now that the racing season has finally begun I might not write as regularly as I did in the past but I will still recount my adventures to you when time is on my side. So, whenever I come back home I'll write...how's that? Oh...and I'll make sure to run my virus updates before I check my 2 week old messages and end up sending each one of you a computer virus every time I come home! (Sorry about that)
All right, on with the writing!
The racing season has started and it's time to battle it out with the other wolves! Everyone is hungry for a win and if you aren't ready to fight hard it's the back of the pack for you. It's been 2 days since I've been back from Merrill Lynch Cross Country Ski Festival on Silver Star Mountain, BC and already I can't wait to race again. These were my first big races of the year and also qualifiers for the pre-Christmas World Cup races in Europe (which would be the last chance for me to qualify for the Olympics). I put all of my eggs in one basket and went for it!
Well, the National Team left for Europe today and I'm still here! Goals are made but not always achieved. One more speed bump ahead I guess. It was an up and down week with some of my best performances in 2 years and a sore throat that came at the wrong time. I raced well but not good enough. Mixed emotions are my feelings as I type away this entry since I will not be representing Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'll have to wait another four years for that. However, I've started the season off with a positive result and that's already more than I achieved last year. So, with a good start under my belt I'm off for another exciting season living at large with my ski equipment, my duffle bag full of wonderfully fragranced clothing and my good'ol trusty hot pot (which seems to draw nothing but laughter on most trips).
It's going to be an exciting season. Everyone is geared for racing fast with the big show just a few months away. The top guns are flying and everyone else is trying to break into that elite group. Remember the wolves! Sure we battle it out hard against each other during the race but off the field the ski crowd is always friendly. All the top racers follow the North American circuit (Continental Cup Series) and so we see each other at every stop. I've been following this circuit ever since it started 7 or 8 years ago and have run across some great characters along the way. I love it. I can't imagine doing anything else...for now!
I'm going to keep this one short, I'm still feeling a bit under the weather. Feel free to check out the results of the opening Continental Cup races in Silver Star on skifaster.net and some racing and sponsor product updates on www.x-c.com.
That's it for today.
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