Well it’s been a short clip since my last post. Ironically it’s one week after the world cup season ended and my last post was one week before the world cup ended. So what’s changed since the last post? I guess I will start with…OSLO! As always the competitions in Oslo were spectacular, with large and in charge crowds it made the weekend fly by. The highlight for me was the 11th on the first day. In the 15km race I skied very well but failed to put two jumps together on the jump hill leaving me a little far back for the race. Nonetheless I had a ton of fun racing the 15 km event again, I would love to see this event back in regular circulation.
After the competition on Saturday our team packed up and took the 4 am bus to the airport and traveled back to the US of A! I was very excited to come back and spend some time at home. I spent the first couple days back in Park City, UT skiing and enjoying the sun. So far some time off has been much needed and I have certainly enjoyed spending time with family and friends! I know it has been only a week off but it already feels like I haven’t trained in a month. Luckily for me we have another week off before we get going on any training again and I plan on alpine skiing and road biking any chance I get.
This weekend I will be in Steamboat Springs, CO for the annual Haken Memorial Festival. This is an event that I and many other SSWSC athletes hold near and dear to their heart. I am very excited to be heading back to hang with the young guns and go toe to toe with them on all the obstacle courses and races. I am pretty sure my Madshus cross country skis are made superior to all other skis when it comes to bicycle bumps and relay races! One thing is for certain it will be all smiles all day long and I am very excited for it. Interested in joining the fun? Show up at the Steamboat Ski Touring center at 10 am. You have to dress in costume and the theme this year is Biking Viking. You might want to also get a pass to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs too, because I promise you will need it after having fun racing around all day long!
Long term this spring I am excited to get back on the bike. I will be riding for ColeSport again this year. They have been so supportive in our training efforts and have made a huge difference in our training. I cannot thank them enough for their support and generosity. Our cycling team is going to mean this year and we are looking forward to a few races and also seeing you out on the road wherever that maybe. If you do see me or anyone else for that matter don’t be afraid to flag us down and chat it up with us. Sometimes during those long rides it’s cool to hear your stories along the way!
Here’s to another season in the books and to the big Olympic season next year!
I am off to a great start of finishing off like I did last year. Surprisingly, I tied my result of 7th place in Lahti again this year. In fact the whole day was full of me matching something or someone else. Taylor and I tied in the provisional round not only in speed, but also in points in the jumping. In the comp I tied my result from the previous year and in the race I started 34 second back and finished 34 seconds back. I even almost tied my XC rank from last years result but I am happy to say that this year I was a little faster.
Anyways it was quite the coincidence and I thought it is fun to share. I was also happy to step back into world cup with a solid finish. This weekend we are in Oslo Norway, the "Holmenkollen" I am very excited to be here again. Just skiing around the last two days has brought back so many memories from last season. I have to say its been very nostalgic. I am doing my best however not to live in the past. This weekend brings a set of new challenges and it's going to take some great racing to be in the hunt.
I think a lot of athletes are very excited for the last day's 15 km race. It's going to be a throw back to older times and it's going to shake things up for the day. Personally I cannot wait. It's been a long time since I have raced a 15 km but I am excited and up for the challenge. So tune in and check it out on Saturday. With any luck you will get to see my mustache on TV again.
Which by the way I hope everyone is celebrating Mustache March accordingly. I know I am.
World Championships has come to a close meaning that the season is also coming to a close. Only four competitions left in the 2013 season. Though it can be easy to brush off the last four comps, I think last season proves the benefit of sticking it out with your head down. In the same breath, I cannot emphasize the importance of having fun too, I enjoy this part the season the most because athletes tend to relax a bit. They have either accomplished what they wanted or continue to work towards their goals, regardless they are smiling and that seems to remove the division between countries, leaving a group of people who enjoy partaking in the same sport. Reflecting on the season, everyone works together to find ways of improving the sport for the years to come. Not to mention is fun to reminisce on the classic instances of successes and failures alongside the athletes who were there with you.
Since I am already looking back, I guess it only makes sense to reflect on the championships. If you are a blog reader I am sure you are just about tired of each athletes reflection on the championships. Hopefully you can tolerate one more! Nonetheless looking back I have work to do. The Championships for me was pretty much split 50/50. I had a successful first week followed by a not so successful second week. Both weeks my jumping was not at the level I came into the championships expecting. Thankfully rather then accepting defeat I was able to make the best of it when it mattered most and because of that our team stepped up for a medal. That right there proves to me if you focus on the process the results always come. Nothing is given to anyone in this sport, and just because you get it once does not mean you will get it again, but with hard work and learning from experiences, it certainly increases your chances. Naturally since next year is the “BIG” year I will take what I learned from these championships and apply them to my training this summer. Hopefully that combined with a little bit of luck will help me win one of those Olympic medals! Val di Fiemme exceeded my expectations. As a whole the championships were a blast, our hotel was spectacular, the venues were in great shape, and the fans were abundant. These qualities certainly make my job easier and for that I am grateful! I also got to share this experience with several members of my family, which was a unique experience for me and for them, I was very happy to be able to show them the intimate details of competition on the road. Trust me it’s a lot easier to show in person then it is to show them in words and pictures while back home.
So what’s next?
In the immediate future I am hoping to finish the season strong. Like I previously mentioned a lot can be gained from these last comps. I cannot promise I will finish on the note I did last year but I am certainly going to try! Regardless I accomplished most of my goals this season and personally, I can finish the season with the pressure off and the next one in mind.
This week we are in Lahti, Finland for the “Lahti Ski Games” a favorite event of a lot of athletes. Our competitions are Friday and Saturday so the crowd will hopefully be large and in charge. Friday is an individual, and Saturday is a Team Sprint. GO USA! More to come next week!