So I was just re-reading my last post and for all you curious folks out there, I was able to finish off SGP with two top 20 results. Most importantly those two finishes were results of good XC skiing on my part. I was happy to accomplish the goal I set for my self, but even happier that I was able to step up a level in my XC skiing.
Since SGP I have been extremely busy. The short and sweet version of what I have been up to is as follows: travelled home to Park City for two weeks of volume training and recovery. Followed by a short weekend long jump camp in Steamboat. Which has led us right into this week, in which we are doing multiple days of treadmill and strength testing before heading off to Nationals in Chicago, Illinois! I know, I know, most of you think that was a typo but it is not. Chicago does have a ski jump in Fox River Grove. I am also encouraging you to come out and check out the competitions on Saturday October 1st. They are going to be a hell of a good time. We will also going to be doing some fundraising, by ski jumping for 24 hours. There will be food, music, and probably some half naked girls handing out free Jagermeister as always!
Following Nationals we will be flying out east to Lake Placid, NY for our annual fall training camp as well as annual Flaming Leaves Competition. If you want to see fall color this is the place to be! Plus we will be there putting our selves in the hurt locker everyday with some strenuous intervals, they are always fun to watch. Of course we will also be jumping on the historic olympic jumps as well.
Training leading up to all this is going very well. I am feeling good and ready for the season to start this year. However before the season can start! We need some help from the Nordic Community and our fans. In these tough economic times we have lost some funding. This decrease in funding effects everyone on our team and not on our team. Without this money, our resources are stretched very thin. Our juniors are not getting the opportunity to train with the U.S. Team as frequently, nor will we be able to take one or two guys to a continental cup this year without raising some more money. Please help if you can. I am posing the link below and it will take you to our fundraising web page, which will explain more about the NC Pillar Project.
As always thank you for you support!
I just checked into my hotel room for the World Championships here in Oslo, Norway. Today is a day of preparation for the up coming events. Today we will get our credentials, bus schedules, training bibs and rest of the junk needed to be prepared for worlds. Tomorrow is the opening Ceremonies and a kick off for a lot of the events. Tomorrow is our first official training and the second training for the girls. I am sure there are a lot of other events going on as well.
Our hotel is nice and it will be a comfortable stay for us throughout the next two weeks. We are located near the hill and also near the center of Oslo. We have a train station right next to our hotel which makes it easy to go into town to get anything we need throughout the competitions. The venues look great and Oslo has plenty of snow this year and forecasted to get more throughout the week. I am looking forward to the two weeks of competitions coming up. I think Oslo is well prepared to have a great World Championships. Go USA and I will see you out on the hill and on the trails!
I am back home in warm and sunny Utah for the week. It's quite a different feeling then the cold of Lillehammer and Kuusamo. In some sick way I kind of miss it. It felt like the winters I used to remember as a kid. Either way its very nice to be home and re group and head into Ramsau next week. Lillehammer went well, I was 26th the second day of competition. I am happy with my first period scoring points in 2 out of 4 comps is a good result for me. However I am not forgetting the fact that my goals are set higher and I know I can do better. The competitions were very hard some of the hardest I have ever been in. Everyone is jumping well and skiing fast, which makes it very easy to screw up. Everyone has to ski smart and at their own level other wise you risk blowing up in the race or on the jump hill. We call it skiing smart, however it feels more like trying to survive the challenges. First period was a very good experience for me this year, it opened my eyes to how simple or how hard scoring points can be. I feel like I am in an even better place now then when I started. I now know that my jumps in training on a good day can be in the top 10 on world cup. I also know that even my worst jumps are still better then years before. In a way its relaxing to know that even if you screw up its not the end of the competition. Unlike previous years where if my jump was not perfect I had no chance. So in a nutshell I have work to do but I now have a confidence that I can accomplish what my goals are and I can be a top 30 skier every weekend.
We are heading to Ramsau, Austria next monday. My goals are to continue what I have been doing. A successful trip for me will be scoring points both days. In training this week I will be trying to work out a few kinks on the jump hill, and focusing on recovery in the the cross country. The better rested I am the better I will perform over there. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week leading up and through the comps!
Our team is here in Kuusamo, Finland. Our first day of training is over. It feels good to get the first official training of the season out of the way. Today was tough the gate was low and the wind was a bit all over the place but all in all it was a very good comp. Our team is look ahead with optimistic thoughts for the weekend. All of us have had some good jumps and know that we can be competitive this weekend. Tomorrow is our first comp and Saturday will be the second comp. The first competition weekend of the season is pretty crazy. Since this is my first time to the opener it's been a new experience for me.
The weather is extremely cold and the sun hardly shines up here. I know we have had good weather for Kuusamo so far and we are hoping it stays that way. The internet is a bit scarce up here so stay tuned and I will try to update you as quickly as possible about the next two days competitions!
The last two weeks we have been very busy with training and recovery. This week we are getting ready to head off to Norway and Finland for the first comps of the year. Last week we did a bunch of intensity at the beginning of the week followed by a few days off towards the end of the week. This week is all about speed. We will be putting some speed into our legs, by doing intervals on the treadmill. This is important because our first races will be a low elevation making the paces of the races higher. We have a giant treadmill at the Center of Excellence we use to push our selves on which makes it very easy to ramp up the speed without pushing ourselves out of our zones.
Next week we head of to Lillehammer, Norway for a couple days of training before we head up to Kuusamo, Finland for the season openers. After Kuusamo we will head back to Lillehammer for the second week of competition. The entire team is excited to get the season under way. So wish us luck and check back soon for more updates!
Right now the team is here in Lake Placid, NY for the annual Flaming Leaves Competition. Every year we come to Lake placid for these competitions as well as a training camp. LP has always been a great place to train in the fall, usually we have the juniors come along and its a great way to give them one more opportunity to train with the big guys before the season starts.
As well as the annual jump comps there is also Climb to the Castle. A special cross country race starting on the Veterans Memorial Highway and finishing at the top of Whiteface Mountain. This race is a very good indicator of the shape you are in since both Nordic Combined and Special Cross Country do the race. Its a grueling climb that never lets up, and can be very cold and windy. Typically in the past our team has done very well in the race and we are hoping to continue that tradition.
We are just about a month away from the start of the World Cup Season so the mini comps and time trials becoming very frequent among our team. These mini competitions, usually just including our team and the juniors, gives each athlete a chance to get the feel of racing back also helps build your speed. Today we had a mini comp with one jump to count and a 9k time trial. Since it was raining outside it made it a tough day. Our boots were soaked and the pavement was slippery. We raced on a new course a lot of us had never done before. However the team did well considering the conditions. Billy D won the comp, Taylor was second skiing a really fast race. I was third, and Todd Lodwick was fourth. Both Taylor and I were happy with our results.
Tomorrow we will have another day of jumping and intervals and then the weekend of racing and competitions kicks off. Friday we have the climb to the castle. Saturday we have the Flaming Leaves Competition and Sunday we will have a time trial along with a jumping competition. We travel home Monday for a week of rest and then right back into the action. Check back for updates on this weekends competitions!
We had yet another day of solid results in Oberstdorf. Two guys in the points again. I jumped to 30th and skied up to 23rd. Brett C was able to jump to 9th and hold his place. The race was a crazy one. Lots of position changes and some heavy wind and rain made the race a very hard one. Taylor F. Had a good day as well skiing from 52nd up to 31st with the 4th fastest. Making that two top 5 times in the same weekend. He almost made points but ran out of course, he will be looking for revenge in the next comps in Oberweisenthal.
Our team is now in Klingenthal, training on the hill here and resting up for a couple days before we head into our next two comps. Everyone is feeling good and ready to battle again. We are looking to better our results still. Until then we are just trying to jump as far as possible on Klingenthal's big hill. Today I was able to jump 136, however my goal is over 140m which is very possible on this hill with a good jump and the right conditions! Wish us luck!
Today kicked off Summer Grand Prix 2010. Our team started off with two guys in the points and potential to do much better. I had a solid day and put my self is a great position on the jump hill. I was able to ski up to 10th at one point in the race however pushed my self a little too hard and blew up. Oh well lesson learned and moving on toward tomorrow. My final result was 19th, which is a personal best! I am happy with the result, even knowing I have potential to do better! Tomorrow will be our second day of competition I am looking for a repeat performance both on the jump hill and on the cross country course. I will sleep well tonight and rest up for tomorrow!