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!
Getting ready to ride against cancer. Thanks to the team for my sweet basket to throw all my empty Honey stinger wrappers in! The Coors Light can on my helmet is our Rocky Mountain chapter's insignia. Were made in the Rockies! Full story below..
Today I am in Predazzo, IT Feels good to have a nice break after a busy week at home. Last week I had the Cancer fundraiser at the Red Banjo, and we were able to raise six hundred on top of the money from the wall. We have yet to count the money on the wall however I am guessing the total will be close to a thousand dollars. Which will make the total donation close to 2000 which every little bit helps! Thank you to anyone who came out! It was much appreciated and your support is always nice to have!
This week in Predazzo we are starting another intensity camp. So we will be doing nothing but jumping and intervals every day! Sounds fun right! At least we will have plenty of good coffee to keep us going everyday! I will be over in Europe training until the 16th. After I will fly home and drive to moab to ride in the Moab Century Tour! with my Team in Training teammates! I couldn't be more excited for the ride! More updates to come!
Pretty cool article describing the event I am putting on tomorrow night at the Red Banjo. All money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society! Check it out at www.usskiteam.com Also check out www.parkrecord.com go to local news and read the article there! Good Stuff!
This past weekend I ventured over to Denver, CO to ride with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Team in Training. We rode a 45 mile loop around Golden and downtown Denver. Afterward we had a great barbeque where I got a chance to talk to a lot of the team members and hear their stories. This was the first time I got to meet a lot of the members. The team is riding strong and they are all going to do well in the 100 mile ride.
The team is very inspiring. I am proud to be their Team Hero this season. I am excited to get together with the team again, hopefully before our event in Moab.
At the moment I am in Park City working and preparing for Nationals. I am working hard to get my ankle back into shape for jumping. Nationals are at the end of the month here in Park City, UT. On the third of August our team heads over to Europe for Summer Grand Prix's. This year the Summer Grand Prix comps hold a new meaning. They are no longer just a chance to compete and compare to the other athletes. They are now a part of our World Cup schedule, meaning that they will count towards the winter points and athlete rankings. Our team is looking forward to the chance to move up and qualify more athletes on World Cup!