This month's Race Profile provides a look at the Ski to Sea Race Team: "Fanatik Hot-Flashes" (Team #127 in 2010). This team has been a top finisher in their division, taking 2nd in the 2010 Race for Whatcom County Women!
Role: Mountain Biker
Team: Fanatik Hot-Flashes.
"We may be old, but we work hard, play hard, and stay hard!”- I have to chuckle every time I think about Kelley screaming this over the PA, while we were on the podium in 2006. Kelley Jackson and I had formed the team very casually. It went like this "be on our team Liz, you’re our only friend that XC skis at least once each year.” With full-time jobs, families, and a lot of responsibilities, we surprised even ourselves when we did well. What has made our team so special is the remarkable women on it. We have supported each other over the years through the good times and the unfortunate hardships, yet we come together annually to claim the title of (as we have been told) the "happiest team”.
What has kept you together as a team for so long?: The laughter and friendship
Present Occupation: Partner in Fanatik Bike Company and Granite Precasting & Concrete, Inc.
Length of Employment: 25 years
Education: 2 years college
Favorite Sport: Mountain Biking
Favorite Quote: My favorite quote is one that Mike McQuaide used in one of his articles. I was struggling with a tragic loss at the time, and this quote Mike published by William Saroyan really touched me- "In the time of your life, live- so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.”
Last Book Read: O.K., I must confess I am a "foodie"... I just read A Trip to the Beach by Melinda & Robert Blanchard. This true book is about their escape from civilization to build a restaurant on Anguilla, which is a small island in the Caribbean. A wonderful story!
Long Term Dreams/Goals: I am looking forward to having grandchildren someday. No pressure intended on my children, but?
How long have you been involved in the Ski to Sea?: Sadly, I don’t remember. Probably 10 years or so... I remember being so nervous the first time. My team was formed by all "soccer-moms.” We had a few "ringers,” but most of us had very little athletic experience. Our canoeists borrowed a camping style Coleman canoe. They had incredible enthusiasm, but not much experience. During the race they were told the canoe was backwards, so they managed to turn it around. I love this story, because it really shows that Ski-to-Sea is truly a community event and not just for elite athletes.
Do you plan to be in the Ski to Sea race again?: I plan on racing until someone tells me to stop.
Do you plan to do all 7 legs of the race?: I am uncoordinated (I am left-handed, and I fall into that odd category some call "left-right confused”), so I am sure the XC leg wouldn’t be a good fit. I would knock down several other skiers during the mass start, and I would probably take out a few more during the handoff to the downhill skier.
What do you like about the Ski to Sea?: I love being a part of such a wonderful community event. I love gathering in Fairhaven and seeing so many people I know, laughing and enjoying themselves. I also love hearing the stories. From the bikers that forgot their helmets, to the racers who were in the bathroom when their teammate crossed the transition line, there is always a lot to relive after the race.
What would you tell others about the Ski to Sea?: I would like to tell others that are hesitant to participate "You can do it!”
What do you like about the Bellingham/Mt. Baker region?: As my friend, Kim would say I am a "Northwest Girl”. I don’t mind the weather, I love all the shades of gray, and I love the friendliness of our area.