Let the games begin … | PostIndependent.com

Let the games begin …

Lori AugustinePost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The question of the morning … am I nervous? Well, now that you mention it, YES! It’s not my first rodeo, though. I’ve done this before. However, it has been 53 weeks – or 371 days or how about 8,904 hours – since my last run down the Aspen Times Town Race Series race course, but who’s counting? No matter how you look at it, that was a long time ago. I’m not a rookie any more, nor am I the new kid on the block. My goal last season was simply to finish each race, and to do so in one piece. Suddenly, on Saturday, I wanted to win! Running gate after gate during the week, preparing both mentally and physically with the Tach Racing Staff, I shaved precious seconds and tenths from my time … 13.67 seconds, to be exact, from the first race of my life a little more than one year ago. As racers on Saturday from both the advanced and recreational divisions warmed up and inspected the blue and red courses, I felt exhilarated … or was it the cold air. Focus! Pay attention to the course, the terrain, the snow conditions and the line. Keep it high! Suddenly, my name was announced from the starting gate, there was a five-second countdown and bib number 118 sailed down the race course. I listened to the snow, danced with the mountain and flowed down to the finish line with all of my might. Taking the high line was my primary focus, as I flew weightlessly into every turn. I talked out loud and cued myself as I raced past every gate, skiing from the snow up with balance and rhythm.Eighty-five racers enjoyed a thrilling day of competition and good times. The laughter in the air and the smiles on the faces of racers of all ages who attended the post-race party at Highlands Pizza Company were a tribute to an amazing day. Special thanks goes out to BOOTech, Susan’s Flowers & Gifts, Epicurious Fine Foods, Habervision, El Jebowl, Finbarr’s Irish Pub and Tach Racing for their generous donations of prizes that were raffled off. Race-day registration for this Saturday’s slalom competition will take place at Highlands Pizza Co. from 8-9:30 a.m., with the post-race party starting at 3 p.m. The slalom course will be set this week by Christophe Rech. Racers who participate in five out of six races will be eligible to win great end-of-season prizes! The grand prize is a stay at Casa Tua, a truly exclusive South Beach experience, courtesy of Miky Grendene. Other prizes include two pair of Stockli skis, a day of ice/rock climbing and a tandem paragliding flight, courtesy of Aspen Paragliding, just to name a few!Mark Tach will be a guest coach on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for the Tach Race Program at Highlands. He will be coaching all attendees throughout the day.Lori Augustine is a certified personal trainer and instructor in the Roaring Fork Valley. To learn more about Lori, go to mintconditioning.com. To read about the Aspen Times Town Race Series, please visit aspentownraceseries.com or, for more information, contact (970) 544-3005.

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