So today marks 18 days until the first WC of the season in Lillehammer, Norway. Our crew will depart for these competitions on the 17th of November in hopes to get a couple days on snow before the big opening day. I can honestly say I am excited and anxious to get underway. The summers hard work has been laid and all that's left to do is have fun and execute in competition.
I am currently sitting on a plane bound for NY hoping for cold temperatures and snow in Park City, UT. Hopefully then we would get the opportunity to train on snow a few days before our departure. So why am I on a plane to NY if I am hoping to train in Park City? There is a simple answer, I am heading to the city for the annual US Ski Team Ball which I am very excited to be apart of this year. In addition to the ball I have packed my suitcase full of a few extra coats to donate and happy to be helping volunteer with the relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I will be in NYC until Thursday enjoying the ball and volunteering. More on this later...
I return to PC on Thursday evening, from there life gets simple. I will be enjoying the last few days with the girl friend, and resting up to start off the season. The name of the game will be recovery until we depart on the 17th. Recovery weeks are awesome, I have said it before, and I will say it again. There is nothing more enjoyable then low volumes of training, couch time, and lazy mornings with coffee. That being said with a week to go to the comps, maintaining good nutrition is extremely important. I find the easiest way to maintain is with a routine. I wake up and record my weight, take my USANA vitamins with a lot of water, and eat a healthy breakfast. Which for me happens to be my favorite meal of the day, I am not sure if it's because I think it's the most important or if it's because thats when I am at my hungriest every day. Either way those three steps help me ensure that I have the best chance possible to land on the top 3 steps when competition time comes around!
Just in time for St. Patty's day the season is over. Lahti was a fun time, with lots of spectators. The spring skiing season is on in full force starting tomorrow. Unfortunately the weather forecast is not optimal. It's supposed to rain all week, bummer!
Oh well it feels good to be done with competitions for a little while. Training is on hold for the two week off season. I think its going to be hard to stay off the bike however. I have all this fresh HoneyStinger product that is itching to be used as well. Since I will also do just about anything to procrastinate on my taxes, I think its going to be a fun two weeks until reality sets in again!
So here's to vacation time!
This last weekend I was in Lake Placid, NY for Katie and Billy D.'s wedding. This was the first time in my life I have ever been to lake placid and had no skiing agenda. I had a great time. The wedding was gorgeous and the weather was perfect. Throughout the weekend we had a great time swimming in Mirror Lake the water was 75 degrees which was amazing. The trip was short I am back in Park City now I will be on my bike this week as much as possible.
This weekend I will be in Denver meeting my teammates for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society's Team In Training. I am very excited to meet and ride with everyone. According to the schedule we are going to do a 50 mile ride which will be a perfect end of the week ride. If you are around come and ride or visit!
The week in steamboat started off great. I had some solid jump sessions and a good run with some of my teammates. However the bliss didn't last long. Just before our afternoon plyo session our team was playing soccer and I was unlucky enough to sprain my ankle pretty bad for the second time this year. So I will not be able to ski this weekend in the 4th of july comps. Right now my main focus is Nationals at the end of july. So all my efforts before then will be focused on rehabbing the ankle to get it back to 100% before then. However this is a great opportunity to take advantage of my down time to become more flexible.
On a lighter note the Tour De France starts tomorrow. The TDF is my favorite sporting event to watch. I have my Fantasy team in for the tour. Our team has a fantasy league which should make life even more interesting. So while everyone else is out on the grind... I will be sitting in my living room stretching, rehabbing, and watching the TDF while managing my fantasy team. Sounds pretty good to me! Dont forget to come check out this weekends comps in Steamboat!