Last weekend on February 25th Annie Jean of Chelsea, Quebec took part in the World Snow Shoeing Federation World Championships in Saranac Lake, NY where she placed 2nd.
This was Annie’s first Snow Shoeing World Champs and on an 8KM course made up of 2 laps, she took the second step of the podium in a time of 36:48 in a highly competitive field. Due to unseasonably warm weather which was melting the snow, the course had to moved and modified to a nearby area with more snow. Volunteers were reportedly shoveling snow onto the course in order to make it suitable for the event.
What made Annie’s result even more impressive is she came off a heavy weekend of racing the week before and big training efforts in the days leading up to the event.
“I felt tired going into the race. The weekend before, I ran the 10KM snowshoe race at the Gatineau Loppet, where I placed first woman and 3rd overall. This was the day after racing the 50KM classic ski race at the Loppet,” she said.
Annie mentioned that she is training hard with long distances at the moment as she gets ready for Behind the Rock 50 miler race in Moab, Utah with the Salomon Academy on March 25th.
“This means lots of distance running, and skiing. The Friday before the race was a long training day. My legs were not as fresh as they could have been, but they were not that bad either,” said Annie.
Placing 2nd on the world stage of snowshoeing off huge weeks of training is confirmation that you’re in great shape and the legs are responding well.
Annie has some epic stuff coming up this year and in her plans is the 80Km Mont Blanc Marathon in Chamonix, Trans Alps in Germany and World Long Distance Mountain Running Champs in Italy in July. Annie just got the news that she might also be selected for the World 50KM Trail Running Champs also in Italy on June 10th. Later in the year in December she is also planning to run the North Face Endurance Challenge again in San Francisco.
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