Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Hi hi, from Norge, Lillehammer, Norway to be exact. It's Thursday, which means it’s a rest day for team USA and I finally have a free minute to update my blog. Let's be honest, I have had plenty of time to do it however with all the hype surrounding the opening comps of the season, its fun just to live in the moment and take a second to appreciate starting another season on World Cup. Last week we were in Ruka, Finland of the openers as usual. This season we had beautiful conditions there with good snow, fair temperatures, and only mild winds. The lack of sunshine was plentiful but there is something about it that makes one feel like winter has truly started. Results wise, last week was a decent start to the season. Mediocre jumping combined with strong cross-country skiing landed me a 17th place in the individual event. In the grand scheme of things that is a good start if I can continue to steadily improve from there. Fast-forward to today and we are one day out from qualifying here in Lillehammer. Yesterday we had the opportunity to check out the course and I am happy to report it's in good condition, which will make for some great racing. Last year we skied in an all out blizzard here for one of the events this year it’s looking like it will be hard and fast snow for the races. Only time will tell... The events this weekend are two individuals on the large hill, with strong jumping it will be a good chance for me to land two good results before we head into a week off of competition. The week off is actually the week of Continental Cups in Park City, UT if you’re around I strongly encourage you to go and check them out! I will be there cheering on our team before heading back to world cup the Monday after the events. Our guys and the foreign competitors will greatly appreciate your cheers and support as they put themselves in the pain cave on the racecourse.
Outside of skiing I have been finishing up my school class of the fall semester, as well as working on some other small projects. Pretty soon I am very excited to start a new endeavor in addition to my competitive skiing. This fall I took and passed my Level 100 cross country coaches certification, as well as attended a number of other coaching and training webinar's from some big names in the cycling world. I have learned a ton and ultimately I think it will help my skiing and allow me to better understand my training, but what I am most excited about is helping others. I plan on coaching through www.peakscoachinggroup.com, which is a big name in web based coaching. They specialize in cycling, running and triathlon coaching, specifically using a highly qualified personal coach who will establish a training plan based on number of factors most importantly power(watts) and heart rate, to help you achieve your goal for the big event. Peaks Coaching Group is one of the best out there for this type of coaching. I am very lucky and feel honored they have allowed me to come on board and coach cross-country skiing with them. This will eventually be a new branch of their web based coaching. I personally have spent the better half of the fall/summer learning the ropes. I am new at this but I feel like I have already made huge progress in my abilities to write and coach a training plan, and I am looking forward to coaching someone to their goal! I encourage you to check out their website and take a look at their story and what they do! Even if you are not interested in cross-country coaching they have a ton of great information on their site, which we can all learn from! If you are interested in coaching there are two ways in which you can get started, first you can reach out to me via the contact me button my webpage, through Facebook, email etc. Or simply go to www.peakscoachinggroup.com and sign up there, I am not the only cross country coach there so you will have your choice of coaches and help finding the perfect match for you! Feel free to reach out with any questions too.
So that’s about all from me today, throughout the season I will do my best to keep updating my blog once weekly especially during competition weeks so keep coming back! Now kick back and raise a glass, the weekends races are coming in hot and I hope your ready to watch…