Our week of training in Steamboat is officially over today. Most of the guys have returned to Park City, UT to begin another camp this week. Last weeks camp was a great start to the summer training season. Of course there were some challenges. We spent almost the entire camp in Steamboat jumping in cross-country suits. Every little mistake is amplified while jumping in XC suits. So naturally there were a few good jumps and a few bad jumps. I will honestly admit that jumping in XC suits is not that much fun and we certainly gave our coaches plenty of grief about it. Overall I think everyone on the team came out with some positive feedback in their jumping after the week was said and done.
In addition to jumping we had plenty of XC training, luckily there was enough sunshine and nice weather that we did not have to continue wearing our XC suits all day. We spent a lot of time riding the roads as a team. We had two days of 3+ hour rides which we brought a bunch of the juniors on as well. We also spent some quality time on rollerskis, we had some easy distance as well as intervals and a brutally hard time trial. The time trail was our first of the summer and also marked the last XC session of the week. I think everyone was happy to have it over and done with.
This week we continue the big training load here in Park City, UT. As usual look for us out on the road this week, we will be spending a ton of time biking, rollerskiing, and running. We will also be spending a couple days on the jump hill. So stop by the Utah Olympic Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday around 9am to catch us NC guys in action.
Anyone who loves to Mountain Bike should be at this race! It's going to be fun, it's going to be challenging, and most of all it's going to include a ton of sweet stuff. As you know one of my sponsors is HoneyStinger I use their products every single day in training. They are putting on the event and as an athlete who doesn't even own a mountain bike I want to do it. Check out the race webpage and get stoked. Entries will close fast since it is limited to 300 people. " So get on it" as my coaches would say!
Every year I have the pleasure of coming home to Steamboat Springs, CO for our first training camp. This year has been no exception. We are here in Steamboat now and day one of the camp kicked off yesterday. This camps primary focus is jumping, however this week and next we are also large volume XC weeks so there is no slacking either. Yesterday I kicked off the camp with four good jumps to start the summer on. After a quick lunch I rolled out the door for a 3 hour rollerski. Today will be one of the busiest days as we have jumping, team meetings, and intervals in the afternoon.
We use camps like this to sit down and really hash out the next couple months of training. My coaches and I typically will sit down and go over my goals and what direction I want to head in my training, they give me their feedback and I can make the necessary changes heading into the next season. Camps like this can also be a nice break from the daily routine.
Typically a time trial is included in the conclusion of the camp for the coaches enjoyment and mine and the other athletes benefit. The course here is brutal and I can honestly say I am not looking forward to the pain fest. just yet. I am enjoying the great weather we have had the last two days and hoping that continues throughout the rest of the week. If you are around town come down to Howleson Hill and watch some jumping. I hope to see you out there!
June is typically one of my favorite months of the year. Not because it's my birthday month. But usually the weather is very nice and it makes for easy training. I hope that is the case this June! In the last two weeks I have been busy busy. I moved into a new house, completed a ton of training, visited Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida, I watched my cousin say good bye to the single life, and got to see my dad's side of the family for the first time in a long time. Although the last two weeks were busy as can be, I had a blast.
As June rolls its time to buckle down. The next couple weeks are going to be some of the most challenging of the summer. We start jumping next week in Steamboat! I cannot wait to come home for a couple days and throw some jumps off the small hill there. When we get back from steamboat we have a huge week of training. Almost 25 hours of endurance. We will also be jumping and lifting during that time. I am exited to get things going full blast here.
In addition to training I am keeping myself busy. I am still raising money to fight cancer, working at the Red Banjo, and I have taken up a new job with Earthwell. I am enjoying the challenges of this job but also very excited to be apart of something cool and in which I believe in.
While I was in Wisconsin I was awarded the Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year. I was honored that the coaches and staff thought I was worthy of this years award. I know this is just the beginning though. I am on a mission to make some big steps up over the next few years. I feel like I have the best support staff around to help make this happen.
Alright thats all I have today! Stay Tuned!