Saturday, January 28, 2012

Team ELM Kicks Snow at the Yeti!

Woooot Wooot! Team ELM takes first place in the Mt Washington YETI Sprint Course!

Nice work Team ELM! What a fun day up on the mountain:) It was a windy and cold one but in the end this years Yeti was just as fun as years past. We had a rockin' roster looking for a good time and nearly everyone took home a medal in their individual categories! Solid results! You can check the complete results out on the Yeti website which should be updated in the next day or so...

Congrats to Team ELM- thanks for coming out!
Shauna Connaughton- first place woman overall in the 5k!
Lynn Swift- 2nd place in her cat!
Kerri Brownie- all smiles in her first snowshoe race!
Deborah Adams- first place in her cat!
Gail Martindale- first place in her cat!
Sarah Burrell- woootwooot!
Greg Young- 3rd place in his cat!
John Wall- 2nd place in his cat!
Debbie Wright- way to go!

This years course was completely different from previous years and personally, I liked it much better! Instead of a nasty epic climb off the start, we got to enjoy some downhill, some undulating single track and much less extreme elevation changes. Much more flow and better views along the way. On the first section of downhill single track I fell into a tree well and got stuck up to my hip! Dragged myself out and heard the guy behind me groan when he fell in after me!

After what seemed to be forever and ever, we came to the ponds and made our way back to the Raven lodge on the home stretch. A little hill to the finish line was a bit mean, but made for a good lung burn to get across the line. The longest 5k you will ever run!

Every year I taste blood at the finish line and get a good smokers cough going for a day or so following that race. That is how I know I was pounding the VO2max and exploding the little alveoli in my lungs. It's a good thing! Great start to the year and a killer workout to force the body out of long slow mode.

Good times, great organization, fabulous volunteers (THANK YOU), lots of prizes and a great atmosphere...see you next year!


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