Cruising to Craftsbury

When “Sweet home Chicago” was written for the Blues Brothers, they clearly hadn’t flown much. Or if they had, they clearly had just decided to make Chicago home, due to always having to spend a night at the airport waiting to catch a flight out… Chicago O’Hare Airport and I have a true hate-hate relationship. I think I’ve only flown through once without my flight getting cancelled. Still, I love that song.

So back in Bozeman things were warm! Each day the temp was getting up around 6 C! It was Spring skiing in January! But nothing lasts, the snow was melting fast in the valleys. Then the snow coped an even heavier beating with a day of rain and warm winds. Not the nicest skiing conditions. While the West is limping along with winter, the East coast is just having huge snowfalls and a crazy white winter! We have flown over to the East for the next set of Supertour races in the midst of a huge blizzard. One of many it’s had this winter! So far over 7100 flights to and from the East have been canceled just for this blizzard.

With such warm weather the hiking and running became awesome!
With such warm weather the hiking and running became awesome!
Beans was a bit sad i was leaving at sat on the steps the whole time i was packing.
Beans was a bit sad I was leaving and sat on the steps the whole time I was packing.
on a sweet over distance ski
On a great over distance ski at Lone Mountain. 

We arrived in Chicago from Bozeman after a hassle free flight only to find our flight to Burlington had been cancelled (7101 flights cancelled). So we headed to the United Airlines service desk (a place sadly, I’m rather familiar with) and started to negotiate. When I talk with the staff there, I always feel like it’s a negotiation and barter that goes on, trying to find the best deal to suit your situation. After a cheeky 30 minutes we had finally worked out a plan. Fly to Albany in New York State, rent a van and then drive to our hotel 3.5 hours away in Burlington. Coach Bern handled it like a pro as we drove along in our rather dodgy Dodge van at 1:00am. Floating along in the Dodge with handling like a wheelbarrow, through the tail end of a blizzard we finally got into bed at 2:30am in Burlington.

Sums it up nicely.
Sums it up nicely.

After we all crashed into bed we woke the next morning to perfect blue sky and -15C. We went out for a quick team jog and then collected supplies for the week before heading up to Craftsbury.

Sunrise in Craftsbury
Sunrise in Craftsbury
Our view from the team house overlooking a lake.
Our view from the team house overlooking a lake.
I love that Craftsbury has sweet solar towers in the stadium.
I love that Craftsbury has sweet solar towers in the stadium.
The new Lodge which was still under construction when I was here last year.
The new Lodge which was still under construction when I was here last year is amazing!

We have a 30km classic tomorrow, which should be really good. The conditions and tracks are in great shape so things are looking fast! It should be a great tune-up before heading to Europe.

I’m off to get ready for the race!

 

Train hard, rest easy, live for the moment.

 

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