Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Alright, Alright, Alright! It’s Thursday morning here in Ramsau, Austria. I am gearing up for another weekend of competitions despite a severe lack of snow all over Europe at the moment. Ramsau is doing an amazing job of preparing for the weekends comps with the difficult snow situation. Right now it’s looking like we will be racing on a 1.25 km course of “trucked in” snow. The jumping hill is in good shape and I was lucky to have a very nice session on the hill yesterday. As usual today is a recovery day allowing me to write this post!
Last update was prior to Lillehammer, Norway’s competitions. We had a week break since then in which I travelled back to the USA to train and watch the Continental Cup competitions. Getting to that in a minute, first I want to do a quick recap of Lillehammer. Both days jumping was a bit tough for me however, skiing is good and I was just a few seconds back from the strong group the first day, those seconds meant that they would make a charge to the front, while I would be chasing them without much progress. I finished in the low 30’s that day after starting 45th. However the second day I had a little better jump (38th) and was where I needed to be for the race. I took advantage of it by catching the lead group and even contesting for the podium! I was a little too patient in my move and unfortunately that prevented me from maneuvering around to be in the final sprint. I finished a respectable 8th. This is my first top 10 of the season. Feels good to be in the hunt, but my motivation is higher, I set my goals to finish on the podium a few times this season and that means I have work to do! So here in Ramsau the first step is to put down a little better jumping performance. I feel good about my training so far and believe I have made some improvements since the last comps so hopefully they will show this weekend.
The Continental Cups were also done on a short course with the troublesome snow situation in Park City at the moment. The short course was actually the Gorgoza tubing park, the course climbed one tubing lane and descend another one repeating the climb and decent multiple times. The course was 1.7 km and the competitors raced 6 laps around it in pure agony. This was the first race I have ever watched where there wasn’t a part of me that wanted to partake. I was perfectly content cheering on the boys. The USA boys put in some great efforts and it was fun to watch them dig deep. Another highlight from the COC comps was announcing the jumping competitions. I butchered so many names and sentences you might think I was doing it intentionally and I am also sure it closely resembles my poor grammar in writing ha-ha… No but seriously it was a blast sitting in the both next to my former teammate Brett Camerota. Together we reminisced on old times on the circuit…”GT’s”
Since my announcement that I would be doing some coaching on the side of my athletic career, I have had a lot of questions and inquiries, so I am going to explain the role further here! First is in regards to the demographic, and my answer is I am coaching anyone from young to old or juniors to masters! I coach all ability levels at any age. Additionally I coach at different levels of commitment as well. Peaks coaching group outlines the coaching levels on their website. Take a look at www.peakscoachinggroup.com and if you have any specific questions there, please contact peaks or me directly, and we will take care of your needs!
Next a lot of people asked me how many clients I would be taking on, and right now the answer is about 4-6 clients. The focus will definitely be on quality instead of quantity always. Especially this first year, I want to make sure I am keeping the quality in both coaching and in my World Cup career. My coaching is not only be about building you a training plan, but also about building a partnership, where I can learn you as an athlete and together we can strive to improve. It will not be a cookie cutter plan; it will be personal to you and your needs!
Lastly is in regards to my travel and coaching. I will have access to your training plans via www.trainingpeaks.com both at home and on the road. I will be able to update your plan while I am in Europe competing or training. Technical analysis will be done via video, pictures, Skype etc. I will make myself available via phone, Skype, Facetime etc. to chat whenever and answer questions, go over your race or training session, or go over your future sessions. There is no doubt that the coaching will be thorough with constant contact even when I am on the road!
Ok to wrap it up here, first Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year! It’s that season again where I have to limit my cookie intake to only 25 a day…(yeah it’s bad) but so worth it when you get to spend time with loved ones. I am excited I have lucked out again and I get to be home for Christmas this year. So I wish you and yours a happy holiday!
Be sure to watch this weekends events too! Go team USA and our Swiss partner Tim Hug!