Hello Redneck Nation, Andrew here. It has been a little while since we posted anything on the official website, but we've been on that Facebook grind so if you want even more Redneck media, check that out. Right now we are all in our respective corners of Vermont, enjoying some time and training at home. I'm sure Martha, Lindy, and Barb are pumped to have their favorite, unemployed, 24 year olds back around their houses.
For any of you keeping score out there, the goals of this post are to get everyone caught up on our last couple weeks of racing and training, let everyone know where we are going next, and to not offend too many of my old English teachers.
Since the last blog, one thing that has changed is our "image." Basically, we got wicked famous. With almost 800 followers on Facebook, millions of dollars in sales from GS suits and training tops, and one loyal girlfriend, the Rednecks have finally arrived. Between photo-shoots and other media obligations, it can be hard to stay level headed and grounded. But I want everyone to know, we're the same four Vermonters that went out to Colorado with ratty old suits, a handful of followers, and one loyal girlfriend. Robby still eats Progresso Clam Chowder unheated and straight from the can. Tim still refers to Burlington as "the Big City." And Tuck and I still drove straight back from CO without stopping at a motel in order to save $50 ($25 each.) But before we sprinted back across the country a few days ago, we did some racing in Echo, Aspen, and Copper.
Echo Mountain, in the Front Range of the Rockies, hosted a night slalom and a day slalom right before the NorAms started. We figured it was a good time to do a soft opening for our new Camo suits, and get into race mode before the big events started. The night race featured a stacked field, a DJ, and Dykster as the MC. Our team didn't have any great results. I think Tuck had a solid 6th place. My ski came off second run. Tim and Robby DNF'd 1 and 2, respectively. Maybe we were just getting use to the new suits and all the attention that comes with being the best looking dudes at the race. Whatever the excuse was, the next day went better. Tim won by a mile and scored a 10. I was a distant third but got to stand on the podium and smile. Tuck had a good first run and then a mistake second run and landed in 6th again. Robby was skiing really fast… at Copper. He trained instead of racing.
The day after Echo, Robby, Tuck, and I rushed over to Aspen in time to watch the Pats get beat by Green Bay. Tim opted out of the GS NorAms, and stayed in Summit County to hold down the fort. Tuck, Robby, and I used our networking skills to secure lodging on some of the finest
couches/pull outs in Aspen. Thank you Tim Kafe and Sam Coffey. The Aspen race hill was in ideal shape after hosting the women's World Cup. Let me tell you, that hill is the real deal. I had a few good turns on it but couldn't put anything substantial together.
Little did I know Aspen would start a pretty nice streak of letters on the FIS profile. Tuck and Robby had respectable finishes the first day on the challenging course, but there was a lot left in the tank. The second day, Tuck had a nice crash towards the top that ended his day. Robby was skiing fast again…at Vail. He had gone back to train instead of racing the second day.
In Aspen, I think we were probably still getting use to the suits, media attention, and increased desirability that comes with having a Facebook page.
By the time we got to Copper, some of our hype had cooled down, which was welcomed. Sometimes you just need to stink a little, get the media off your back, and get back to basics. I learned that from my favorite lefty golfer, Bode Miller. This strategy worked for some of the Rednecks, but not me, I DNF'd another pair of races. I looked at the results to see if anyone else managed to ski out multiple days in a row. I was actually in pretty good company. Jens Byggmark also failed to cross the finish in both slaloms at Copper. It turns out, Jens and I have a lot in common. He is more into slalom than GS, and so am I. He is sponsored by McDonalds, and I eat there sometimes. He dates Swedish models, and I have a teammate with a girlfriend. Kinda cool.
The other Rednecks had some impressive runs and splits in the slaloms. Tim won the first split the first day before going out. The second day he landed in the middle of flip first run and was in a good position for a big move up before dropping a ski. Robby put down a solid first run on day one, then had the fastest hike ever during the second run, and ended up 23rd. He had another good first run the second day, but a little trouble on run two cost him big. Tucker had two fairly consistent days. I'd say his skiing improved each run, the highlight being a 7th place on the final run of the series. These recaps are entirely my opinion, so I could be way off with the subjective information.
Right after Copper, we put about twenty pairs of skis, a bunch of Sync and Podiumwear gear, and Tucker's guitar, massage oils, and collection of fedoras, in his Subaru and started back for VT.
Robby and Tim grabbed a flight out of Denver and Tuck and I drove. 28 hours later everyone was home. Now we are getting some great training with Eastern Region, which deserves it's own write-up. I think I've accomplished most of my goals for this post.
I guess I should mention our plan for the next couple weeks; KEEP HAMMERING.
Thanks for reading,