At the end of every season I tend to think to myself, man there is so much time ahead for training before we start competing again. Yet, as I am heading to my first competition of the year it feels like the training season flew by. Backtracking a bit, since my last update I have been in Park City with the rest of my team in the midst of our final preparations before the season kicks off. Our team now has access to a new roller ski treadmill thanks to Park City Treadmill. This may sound weird, however, it is essentially a very large treadmill dedicated to roller skiing and it’s perfect for our workouts this time of year. Each intensity session is very specific in how hard it should be, i.e. not too hard but also never too easy and the treadmill is a perfect way to dial that in. This worked really well for our team as we all got multiple sessions and saw great improvements throughout each one. It allows for great hands on work with coaches so that each athlete is getting full attention during an entire workout. November tends to be an in-between month for the ski jumps as they have been closed to summer jumping and it’s sort of holding pattern waiting for the snow/temps to help us out. Regardless, this is an important time to make sure that all of my body mechanics and flexibility are continuing to improve along with maintaining the technical feelings I have from my last jump sessions in Oberstdorf. It is also key to get really good recovery so that I am fully energized and fit as possible for the start of the season. Due to weather we weren’t able to get the hills open in time for us before we left, so those gym sessions became even more important. This is wasn't that bad though, as we planned for something like this. We choose to skip the first weekend of World Cup competitions in Ruka, FIN and instead spend a week in Lillehammer, NOR training. That is where I am now, we will have the opportunity to work out the kinks and get some quality training before the first World Cups on Nov. 29th– Dec. 2nd. I am very excited for the next two weeks as Lillehammer is a one of my favorite places on the World Cup circuit and its FINALLY time to compete! To check up on results in Lillehammer click here. This season NBC Sports Gold has a new service that will allow you to watch all of my World Cup Competitions both Live or On Demand Replays so you don't have to wake up at crazy hours to see me compete, follow this link to learn more! Also Check out a few photos from our in between time in Park City.
I am currently joined by Ben Loomis & Taylor Fletcher in Lillehammer, after those competitions we will all fly home to compete in the Continental Cup’s in Steamboat Dec 14th& 15th! I am very excited to compete on home soil again this season, it is a very special weekend. Following Steamboat, Ben and I will be traveling back to Europe to compete in Ramsau, AUT at the next World Cup location. This next month will be a whirlwind but I will start to post more consistently so stay tuned! As the season approaches a great way to follow me is through my Social Media accounts (located on my home page) and the FIS Nordic Combined website. Also check out this video from FIS getting spreading the hype for the new season!