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A Race Summary by Lucas Jungmann Dec 14th, 2009

Alberta Cup 1
A Race Summary by Lucas Jungmann

Athlete: Lucas Jungmann (14550)
Team: Alberta World Cup Academy
Club: Canmore Nordic
Date: December 5th 2009
Technique: Classic Sprints
Distance: 1000m
Temperature: -8.6°c
Snow: hard, cold, transformed crystal

The race day began early. I was up at 6:30 with departure set for 7:45. Upon arrival to the center I set off to ski the course a couple times. The first few rounds were mental prep for possible scenarios and areas of caution to watch for during heats. Skis tested and clothing changed I headed to the start. 3,2,1 and I was off. Lap time was 2:13.1 which resulted in a 2nd place behind Joey Burton. Satisfied with my performance I headed home for an exponentially long break until heats. With five and a half hours to spare, I enjoyed a full recovery lunch, movie, snooze and solid stretching. Heats were a go at 3:40. With the Junior Men category totaling a whopping 7 people I was placed in a heat of 3, in which we all moved on the finals. Despite what seemed to be a pointless quarterfinal I pushed myself mentally to prepare for the final. I was mentally preparing myself to take the win for that day. At the start line ready to go, "bang" we were off. Congestion around the first corner resulted in a scramble into the hill. My grip up the climb was subpar. With my Rival in the lead by meters and my competitors surrounding me I knew a final push before the downhill was essential in making up lost meters. I snapped around the 180° degree corner and tucked tight before the final approach into the stadium. As I stared ahead I saw the leader, I looked to both my sides and saw that my rivals had completely engulfed me. I wasn't going to let myself succumb to defeat. As the final push into the stadium began gave it my all. As I crossed the finish line I was disappointed that I didn't win, but I was ecstatic that I managed to pull from 5th at the beginning of the final to 2nd by the end. At the end of the day the sun was setting, the stadium was being disassembled, the masters were still racing... and all I could think was, ‘that was a lot of fun, I can't wait to do it again!'