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!
Sorry for the delay in updating this last couple weeks. Don't worry it was worth the wait. I have some very cool news to share with you this week.
First I will start off with Slovenia, I finished the last training camp with three days in gorgeous Slovenia. During our quick trip to Kranj, Slovenia I was concentrating on my jumping. Kranj has a very nice hill there and I spent my mornings on the hill working on my flight position and landings. I am happy to report I have made some progress and I am confident this progress will help me out in competition. Since we had been doing so much cross country training the days before we only had one interval session in Kranj. With the time off the team took a quick trip down to Croatia to enjoy an afternoon on the beach. The trip turned out to be quite enjoyable, it's not very often we get to take a break from training and swim in the ocean. After Kranj, Slovenia I travelled home to the U.S.A. while the team continued their camp in Ramsau, Austria.
Upon my return to the United States I spent a quick 20 hours in Park City, and then took off for Moab, UT to ride 100 miles with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society's Team In Training. This is something I have been planning all summer long. My benefit at the Red Banjo was to help raise money for this event.
The ride was nothing short of spectacular. I met up with the team on Friday afternoon at the Inspiration dinner where yours truly was a guest speaker. I was honored to be the speaker at this dinner. The dinner was full of amazing people all with great stories of their own. Each and every person there deserved to give a speech. The things a lot of them have been through or their family had been through is nothing short of heartbreaking and their reactions to these situations were unselfish and heroic on all levels. Together the group raised 450,000 dollars to fight cancer.
Saturday we left the Archway Inn at 7 am on a quest to ride 100 miles. The group had been training all summer to complete the challenge! For many people this was a very personal battle to honor a loved one. The route was a very challenging 100 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing in only 7 miles followed by very hard, rolling, windy flats and the temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees. Tons of emotion, tears, sweat and even blood were shed by the participants. Many of the riders spent from 6:30 am to 5 pm in the saddle. I don't care who you are that is a long day of riding! I am personally inspired to achieve more in my life by completing this journey with these participants. I want to send out a sincere congratulations to all the Team In Training members and anyone who took part in the ride. Even the ones who were not able to complete the ride still helped with the fight against cancer put forth a solid and honorable effort. I also want to send out a thank you to my Team In Training teammates! You guys ROCK! I also want to thank Tana, Dave, Scott, Gary, Jane, and everyone at the Red Banjo for all your help raising money for this even this summer. I also want to thank my teammates with the Nordic Combined team for helping with the fundraiser as well. The final thank you goes to my friends and family for all your support through out the years! You guys have my back in all my endeavors.
I am back in Park City for a couple days before I head off to Lake Placid, NY for our fall training camp and competitions. Lake Placid will be our last camp of the summer/fall. The leaves are changing and its time to buckle down and get ready for the season! Stay tuned!