It started off as it should, I got to the parking lot first, dilly dallied around till a few girls got ahead. Passed them and then I broke trail for 2 thousand feet up onto the Bonney moraines. Although I was super driven I still had to make sure the skin track was decent to follow since I knew many friends and family would be following my track today. By the time I was at the top of the moraines I looked down and I could see lots of people heading up. So I skied down a quick lap and saw quite a few friends. We toured back up to the top..
I chose the Bonney area because it would be the only place that had absolutely no sun on this -18’C day.. No, I chose it because i knew that lots of people could hike the 3500 feet in and we could all enjoy untracked powder all day.
I pulled in a couple of great laps, did some simple math at the top, 2 000 000-1998500= 1500 ft, skied down 1500 ft and then I hiked back up and met Tracey, my mom, Don, plus some great friends on the top just as my watch was ticking over. I thought I was going to be fine and that this imaginary 2 mill line wasn’t going to be so real. But watching it tick over, thinking about all the time and effort that has gone into that tiny number, and all the fantastic support that my friends and family have given me over this ordeal, it all summed up into me crying at the finish. So much was invested into this silly goal that finally achieving it was overppowering and having Tracey there to witness the final moment, with friends and champagne, it was incredible.
But what felt even better was getting to the bottom of the run and putting my skins back on for another lap…. a carefree lap that was simply to do extra. My legs felt light, my pace free and the turns great of course.
All right, hit it today with lots of friends and family, lots to say and write but I have things to do. Photos and such following.
Tomorrow is the day, all year I have worked towards this one number. A number that will feel so great to hit. I am already enjoying the feeling of crossing that line. Not that it is in the bag but its pretty close.
I bet it will be hard to fall asleep if I wake up in the early morning. Probable just lie there waiting to get up and go, and if I dream it will most likely be weird dreams of me some how not accomplishing my goal.
But don’t worry when I wake up I will get out there and accomplish this…