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!
Hi hi, from Norge, Lillehammer, Norway to be exact. It's Thursday, which means it’s a rest day for team USA and I finally have a free minute to update my blog. Let's be honest, I have had plenty of time to do it however with all the hype surrounding the opening comps of the season, its fun just to live in the moment and take a second to appreciate starting another season on World Cup. Last week we were in Ruka, Finland of the openers as usual. This season we had beautiful conditions there with good snow, fair temperatures, and only mild winds. The lack of sunshine was plentiful but there is something about it that makes one feel like winter has truly started. Results wise, last week was a decent start to the season. Mediocre jumping combined with strong cross-country skiing landed me a 17th place in the individual event. In the grand scheme of things that is a good start if I can continue to steadily improve from there. Fast-forward to today and we are one day out from qualifying here in Lillehammer. Yesterday we had the opportunity to check out the course and I am happy to report it's in good condition, which will make for some great racing. Last year we skied in an all out blizzard here for one of the events this year it’s looking like it will be hard and fast snow for the races. Only time will tell... The events this weekend are two individuals on the large hill, with strong jumping it will be a good chance for me to land two good results before we head into a week off of competition. The week off is actually the week of Continental Cups in Park City, UT if you’re around I strongly encourage you to go and check them out! I will be there cheering on our team before heading back to world cup the Monday after the events. Our guys and the foreign competitors will greatly appreciate your cheers and support as they put themselves in the pain cave on the racecourse.
Outside of skiing I have been finishing up my school class of the fall semester, as well as working on some other small projects. Pretty soon I am very excited to start a new endeavor in addition to my competitive skiing. This fall I took and passed my Level 100 cross country coaches certification, as well as attended a number of other coaching and training webinar's from some big names in the cycling world. I have learned a ton and ultimately I think it will help my skiing and allow me to better understand my training, but what I am most excited about is helping others. I plan on coaching through www.peakscoachinggroup.com, which is a big name in web based coaching. They specialize in cycling, running and triathlon coaching, specifically using a highly qualified personal coach who will establish a training plan based on number of factors most importantly power(watts) and heart rate, to help you achieve your goal for the big event. Peaks Coaching Group is one of the best out there for this type of coaching. I am very lucky and feel honored they have allowed me to come on board and coach cross-country skiing with them. This will eventually be a new branch of their web based coaching. I personally have spent the better half of the fall/summer learning the ropes. I am new at this but I feel like I have already made huge progress in my abilities to write and coach a training plan, and I am looking forward to coaching someone to their goal! I encourage you to check out their website and take a look at their story and what they do! Even if you are not interested in cross-country coaching they have a ton of great information on their site, which we can all learn from! If you are interested in coaching there are two ways in which you can get started, first you can reach out to me via the contact me button my webpage, through Facebook, email etc. Or simply go to www.peakscoachinggroup.com and sign up there, I am not the only cross country coach there so you will have your choice of coaches and help finding the perfect match for you! Feel free to reach out with any questions too.
So that’s about all from me today, throughout the season I will do my best to keep updating my blog once weekly especially during competition weeks so keep coming back! Now kick back and raise a glass, the weekends races are coming in hot and I hope your ready to watch…