|Erika and I at the freestyle World Cup|
|We went to the Freestyle Aerials World Cup at Deer Valley. There is a girl flying high in the photo if you look close enough|
|We had some outstanding weather and did some good workouts at Soldier Hollow working on all those things we didn't do so well at Nationals.|
|It was a massive all-west junior race the same weekend so we did some cheering after our own training sessions.|
|We even got to do some sun tanning!|
But before long, the week was over and it was time to hit the road again. We drove to Aspen and met up with some of my other teammates for one of the most brutal race weekends of the season. If it wasn't for the fact that Aspen is so nice, I don't think anyone would continue to show up for this challenging weekend.
|Girls enjoying the sunshine and mountains of Aspen|
|Taking a PowerBar break, so important when skiing above 8,000 ft|
|We hit up the Ice Age center and learned all about the animals that once lived right there in Snowmass and the fossils that were discovered to tell us all about it.|
|Pretty awesome place!|
|Skiing in the Aspens in Aspen!|
|Failing to get kick in the blizzard|
|I survived however and took the win with Lauren in 2nd and Erika in 3rd!|
We got to rest for about a half hour or so before we had to turn around and race a 5k classic. It is really hard to recover at such high altitude so this made for a long and challenging day of racing. Fortunately, the snow stopped and the skies even cleared a little making for some more enjoyable racing.
|I was able to put the bad feelings lingering from the sprint behind me and take the win!|
|Owl Creek Chase Podium|
Erika and I attempted to drive home Monday morning, but this terrible noise coming from my car made me worried so after much deliberation I decided to stop in Glenwood Springs to have it looked at. The prognosis was bad....there was no way we were going to make it home in that rig. So we spent the afternoon wandering around town waiting for the car to be worked on. We were lucky that they were able to get all the parts in town and actually do it right then. The races in Aspen paid out in cash so when we returned to the car shop to pick up my car and pay, I pulled out a wad of large bills. After some funny looks, I realized they must have thought I spent my afternoon robbing a bank to pay for my car so I had to explain I had won some races and could pay for my car because of it. So as we drove out of Colorado in the sunset, I was back at ground zero, a fixed car, but no winnings to bring home.
It was a fun time however and I am very thankful for my Aunt and Uncle to support me with the help of some housing and to Nick Brown for helping us out with waxing!
Next up, I am headed to Madison to race some city sprints around the capital building!