It started off with two days of DH camp with the SwissAm coaches. I had had exactly two runs on each pair of my 205 Atomic SGs (which is what I use...you see lengths from 195 to 217 for the guys) before Thursday, so the camp is a good way to prevent sticker shock, even though I've trained and raced on this hill a bunch of times. You start off with an inspection with the coaches, then a section run, then 4 timed nonstops, with video review at lunch and after the last training run. Friday is the day your work on your line, ski and wax selection, and whatever stuff the coaches saw in the video (better tuck, more outside focus, and so forth). We got 5 full non-stop training runs with video and timing, and it was a stone groove.
Saturday for the required nonstops for the RMM race, the course changed a little but not much. This is where you try to get everything wired so Sunday is just a "follow the plan" day. Ski Cooper, SwissAm, the Cloud City Ski Club, and all the worker bees did an unbelievable job. It was one of the best, most fun race weeks I've ever had, and the weather was incredible...sunshine every day, temps in the high 20s, and perfect snow, all of which is a rarity in Leadville in January. I had two good races on Sunday (look for #167...) and my teammate Tim in the next oldest class (look for #123) had a great day, taking 1st and 2nd.
After the races, we celebrated our adventure with a typically over-the-top RMM post race party, replete with great food and drink, thanks to sponsor Hans Wolf, and some really classy swag...two pairs of in the wrapper Atomic speed event skis were raffled off, among other goodies. And my friend Jerry Sorenson, a great skier who recently turned 60, burned up the course in 7th overall and won the Wolf Cup (sportage), and got his named engraved on the beautiful permanent trophy donated by (of course) Hans Wolf.
Monday, Martin Luther King Day, was the FuxiTime Super Combi (SG and SL) sponsored by Franz Fuchsberger of FuxiRacing USA:
...and if you've never gone from a 201 SG in one run to a 165 SL in the next, you owe it to yourself, because BASE jumping has nothing on the Super Combi experience. I know SL is supposed to be a sprint, but the SL course was unusually long and flat (especially at 10,000 feet...read: Death March..), so that, for (ahem) The Author and Many Others, "I made all the gates" was better than winning the Lauberhorn...okay, better than watching the Lauberhorn. It was a fabulous event, and the eats and swag were equally more outrageous. The best part was, one of my teammates got 3rd and a beautiful medal in Division 1 and Tim got 1st and a stunning trophy in Divison 3...no, wait, that wasn't the best part. The best part was that we all had a blast, made some money to help support the Cloud City Ski Club, and got to see all the...as my friend Chip Ford would put it..."brain dead speed junkies" come out of the wood work one more time...