Simi Hamilton


Archive for November, 2010

Alive and kicking in Kuusamo

Topic: General News

Hey guys. Sorry about being MIA for a little while there. Our internet in Sweden decided to quit working after a day use, so I was cut off from the electronic world there for about a week. Being in Gallivare, SWE was pretty cool, and very cold. It was pretty hard being there and not putting on a bib for the WC races, but my IT band recovery was a priority, and the rec trails there were perfect for long double poles. Besides, it was pretty awesome watching the team throw down on those trails. 

A day of driving got us from Gallivare back over to eastern Finland to a little ski resort called Ruka, about 30 km north of Kuusamo. It’s been cold here, and there isn’t a ton of snow, but they’ve done a great job with snowmaking and living/skiing conditions are great. I do have to say, the 6 minute walk to breakfast in the morning is a little rough when it’s -20 C outside, but I guess there’s a reason that we’re winter athletes in one of the toughest sports in the world. We’re gearing up for a “mini-tour” this weekend: classic sprint on Friday, 10 km classic on Saturday, and a 15 km skate to finish it off on Sunday. With my leg feeling pretty darn close to 100%, I’ll be racing the classic sprint and the 10 km. The courses are hilly, but super fun with some wicked fast downhills and super technical corners. It’ll be a cool sprint cause it’s not super long, but will take some smart pacing as there are a couple monster climbs. Yeehaw. I’m feeling charged and ready to roll, and am super fired up for not only this weekend but for the two weekends of sprinting in central Europe to follow (and they’re skate sprints!). I’ll post this weekend with some race photos, but until then, here’s some from some cold afternoon skis in Gallivare.




Muonio, FIN

Topic: General News

Arrived here on Monday night after a long day of breathing recycled air and eating airplane pasta and rolls. Pretty sweet scene here. There’s a ton of skiers out on the trails at any given time of the short day. And since all 20 km are lit, there’s even some athletes that venture out during the “night” (which starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m.). Skate sprint coming up on Friday, followed by a 10 km classic Saturday, and a 10 km skate Sunday. Check back for a race post on the weekend. 

11:30 a.m. in Northern Finland. And yes, it’s as cold as it looks.


Lots of windmills (and Russians) around these parts




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