Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Wow, I cannot believe its been so long since I have updated my page. However this means only one thing. I am outside being busy with training activities. In fact I have accomplished some pretty sweet stuff in the last two months.
Starting from the beginning. After our 4th of july camp in steamboat which was extremely successful, we came home and loaded up to head over to Germany and France. We spent a week in Germany and a week in France. In Germany we focused on Jumping. We divided the week between Hinterzarten and Obertsdorf. Hinterzarten is an extremely well built jump. It has a great rhythm and you can jump well past the K point. Training there was nothing short of excellent. Our entire team had some very nice jumps there. In addition to jump equipment we brought our road bikes. We also had quite adventure on our road bikes in Hinterzarten. A simple 2 hour distance ride turned into a 4.5 hour trek 3 hours on the road and 1.5 hours riding/walking/hiking/climbing on a trail to get over a mountain and onto a road on the other side. This was a great way to kick off the week. Everyone enjoyed the adversity so much. I think it was game on from that point on. Everyone was willing and up for everything.
Obertsdorf, our a short stop before heading to France. We Spent two full days in Obertsdorf completely focusing on jumping. The jump there is large and in charge and is not afraid to test you. We had some challenging days on the jump hill there. The conditions were gorgeous and yet the wind was just strong enough to make any mistake very noticeable. Day two however I was able to overcome some of my difficulties and throw some long jumps down the hill. Mostly I think it was the excitement of getting out of there and over to france for the Tour that made my jumps a little better. Immediately after the jump session we packed up the van and hit the road.
A short 8 hours later we arrived in Courchevel, France. Courchevel is the sister city of Park City, UT. That was a pretty unique thing to see. We spent the rest of our trip posted up here in Courchevel (le Praz). We had an epic time during this week, despite the rain. We had several days of gloomy rainy weather however we did not let it stop us. We rode several routes of the Tour De France over the years. We also put our selves to the test up L'Alpe D'Huez, I have to say it was a very cool feeling to be riding the very same legendary road that all the worlds best of cycling have. However I don't think I could hammer up that road after 150 km of riding before hand. We also got to watch the stage of the race climb the road. The atmosphere of the climb was on fire. I have never seen anything like it before. I will definitely be back at some point in my life.
The TT in Grenoble was another glorious stage we got to witness with our own eyes. Though not much could be seen it was still cool to be watching from the finish line. Thanks to VERSUS! This was a cool stage to watch because you knew when it was all over the winner of the Tour De France would be known. Thats what made every little second of the TT exciting.
After France we headed back home to the USA. We arrived in the U.S. late on monday night. We had just a little less then a week to mentally refresh and prepare to compete in U.S. Special Jumping Nationals. I am not going to lie after a smaller competition on the thursday before nationals I didn't think I had much of a chance of doing anything. However I used that as motivation and put my game face on and when saturday came I was able to take 3rd place. I am happy with this result although I know I am capable of more. I will be looking to improve for the second leg of U.S. Nationals in Chicago, Illinois this fall.
As for now we are training in Park City, UT gearing up for the Summer Grand Prix which start the week of August 22nd. We will be there to compete and put our names high up on the result pages. Stay tuned I will keep you posted as much as possible between now and then!
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