Hello MVXC crew!
I hope you have all had a good winter so far and have been able to get out and enjoy the snow a bit.
I wanted to update you all on our XC season and what it looks like as of right now. Our official season will start on February 22nd and will go through early April. We will plan on having practices every day starting at 4pm and end 5:15-30pm. It will be a bit of a challenge with the early sunsets, but we will just have to be efficient in that time frame. If we can make it work, It is possible Wednesday practices could start earlier with that being an early release day.
Meets- Currently, all of the Central Oregon coaches are working together to come up with a meet schedule that works for everyone and follows the guidelines put in place. The competitions will have a number cap for each race, so we are limited on how big the races can be right now. With Covid numbers starting to decline, hopefully we will see our meet options get better and have the opportunity to have bigger competitions. I will post a meet schedule once we finalize it with the other coaches.
What can you do right now? I know a lot of you have bee doing Nordic and are still in season, which is great! If you are not doing Nordic and have not been running. Now is the time to start getting the legs moving again and get some easy aerobic miles in. That way when you show up for practice in late February, you wont spend the first few weeks feeling sore and out of shape. So start running easy mileage now just on feel, but be careful with the snow an ice! Try and find places that clear paths to run on. Maybe think about getting some traction for your shoes like Yaktraks or screws for your shoes (which you can get installed at FootZone). We don’t want to get injured before the season starts, so be smart and safe!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the crew back together and get some races in! It is going to be a very interesting season with it being in late winter, but we have to be thankful for having this opportunity at all. You have all put in some great training from July through the fall, and those miles don’t just disappear. Let’s be ready to take advantage of this condensed XC season and see what we can accomplish! I will be in touch with more season details as they are solidified. Talk to you soon!