Right now the team is here in Lake Placid, NY for the annual Flaming Leaves Competition. Every year we come to Lake placid for these competitions as well as a training camp. LP has always been a great place to train in the fall, usually we have the juniors come along and its a great way to give them one more opportunity to train with the big guys before the season starts.
As well as the annual jump comps there is also Climb to the Castle. A special cross country race starting on the Veterans Memorial Highway and finishing at the top of Whiteface Mountain. This race is a very good indicator of the shape you are in since both Nordic Combined and Special Cross Country do the race. Its a grueling climb that never lets up, and can be very cold and windy. Typically in the past our team has done very well in the race and we are hoping to continue that tradition.
We are just about a month away from the start of the World Cup Season so the mini comps and time trials becoming very frequent among our team. These mini competitions, usually just including our team and the juniors, gives each athlete a chance to get the feel of racing back also helps build your speed. Today we had a mini comp with one jump to count and a 9k time trial. Since it was raining outside it made it a tough day. Our boots were soaked and the pavement was slippery. We raced on a new course a lot of us had never done before. However the team did well considering the conditions. Billy D won the comp, Taylor was second skiing a really fast race. I was third, and Todd Lodwick was fourth. Both Taylor and I were happy with our results.
Tomorrow we will have another day of jumping and intervals and then the weekend of racing and competitions kicks off. Friday we have the climb to the castle. Saturday we have the Flaming Leaves Competition and Sunday we will have a time trial along with a jumping competition. We travel home Monday for a week of rest and then right back into the action. Check back for updates on this weekends competitions!