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!
I am sorry I have been so bad at updating my website this spring. I have a lot of stuff going on these days so let me give you the abridged version to fill you in.
Lets start with training. As I have mentioned before I have started racing bikes for Colesport in Park City, UT. I have competed in a race every single weekend or week all spring. It has been a blast! I have really enjoyed learning the tactics and skills necessary to win a bike race. I have been training a ton this spring and have put in more hours than any spring in the past. The past two weeks I have completed over 18 hours of endurance!
This week I am on a trip with my girlfriend to her home in Wisconsin. I am having a blast and am enjoying the lower volume of training this week. This weekend I will be traveling down in Georgia and Florida. My cousin is getting married so I will be finishing up the rest week while I am down there. After I return home, I will hit the training hard again.
Outside of training I have gotten involved with a new company called Earthwell. Earthwell hosts a festival in September that is all about sustainability and wellness. They have a great message and I have to say that I think the revolution for "Green" is starting. Check out the website at www.earthwellfestival.org, if you are interested in becoming apart of it please get in touch with me. I will get you all set up!
Other then all that I am getting pumped to start jumping and getting into the summer rhythm. I will be updating more frequently from this point on throughout the summer. The spring has been all over this year so I am looking forward to getting back into a schedule. Until the next update, follow me on Twitter or Facebook!
This spring was full of unpredictable weather, I managed to make the best of it however. Since the winter refused to end I got multiple days of touring in the back country in deep powder. This was a great break mentally and physically. I was able to get my minutes I needed while having some fun on the side. We had a couple sunny days during which I was able to get out on the bike, having fun in the sun.
We are back to a full load of training and I have been busy getting it done. Monday I was out early in the am for a 3 hour skin in the back country, followed up by a 2 hour bike ride. Days like that are nothing short of spectacular. In addition to my normal training this summer I have decided to do more bike racing. I hooked up with the Colesport guys and will be racing for their team this summer. So naturally I am hoping for sunny weather so I can spend as much time on my bike as possible. Yesterday was my first race of the season although it was a short race it was very fun. I plan to frequently ride in the Rocky Mountain Raceway Criterium Series this summer. In addition to the RMR races I will be doing some stage races as well as day long road races.
So look for me out on the road and trails this summer. I will continually update the website throughout the summer as much as possible. I should have a lot of news to share it looks like it will be a busy summer!
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!
Well Oslo was a wild ride. I had a lot of fun, the crowds at the venues/medals ceremonies were huge and full of energy, it was a great experience. Performance wise I was very happy with my jumping. Three out of the four comps I had very solid jumps for myself. Most of the time I was able to step it up in competition when it mattered. This was a big confidence booster for me in jumping.
Cross country I felt was my weaker side. I definitely did not have my slowest races of the season by any means. However I was not having my best races like I had hoped for either. Pacing for me was my biggest issue, I was mister go getter for the first two races. I would hammer out of the start thinking I was on track with the right pace however on a hard course it only took a couple minutes of extra work for me to blow up. The second two races my pace was a lot better and I was able to ski a little bit faster. So I am happy about that and the fact I can adjust accordingly when I need to.
Overall I had a great experience in Oslo. I learned a lot about how to handle myself in big competitions, and got to see first hand how the best win competitions. Next world championships will be in Val Di Fiemme in 2013.
As far as the rest of my season goes, I am here in Lahti, Finland. These are the last two comps of our season at another location that draws large crowds. Since this has been my best season on record I am hoping to do well in these last two competitions to solidify my self in the top 30 overall. Lahti is always a fun place to ski at the end of the year, I am capable of good results here, so its time to make them happen. After Lahti our team gets about a two week break and its on to summer training.
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!
Our team has arrived in Lillehammer, Norway for our last week of training before World Championships. Since we have arrived it has been dumping snow. Champagne powder as light of now as it gets. This is unusual for me because I have never in my life seen snow this good for alpine skiing in europe. Except in ski movies of course. Yesterday was our first day of training and it was glorious. Despite the snow the hill actually skied pretty well, and our Cross Country session was way fun. I would compare it to skiing in a winter wonderland. Our schedule from here on out is to take it easy on the training and we have one test comp coming up this weekend. The last two weeks were very hard so its time to rest and let the body recover. We will be in Oslo starting the 22nd and from there is hammer time for the big event.
I have some unfortunate news, however it has motivated me more then ever. Last night I received word that one of my best child hood friends had past away. This was very saddening to me. I cannot imagine a life without him. This World Championships I will be skiing in his honor! Brad Bonner was a great guy and was always looking at the bright side of life. His untimely passing really angst me, he will never be forgotten and not a day will go by that I wont think about him. So every single jump I take will be in his honor! Stay tuned for more updates throughout the camp here shortly!
R.I.P Brad Bonner