Summer has absolutely flown by regardless of how weird it has been at times. I am very thankful that I have been able to stay safe and continue to train. Considering everything that has transpired since the start of my training year, I am very satisfied with how my team and I maintained our training regimen. We have done a good job of staying focused during our training blocks and scheduling in time to reset when needed. Before this summer I had not gotten the chance to work through so many training phases while sleeping in the same bed here in Park City. My Utah bubble has so much to offer in regard to training avenues and choices it has been fun to explore those a bit more. Here is a collection of some of the adventures I’ve been getting into this summer!
Soon my team and I will be going on our first training camp (fingers crossed). If everything works out it will be a very focused and productive camp. It is a new world to navigate so adjusting to the new ‘norm’ will be interesting but necessary. Stay tuned for more!
I hope this finds you in a safe place with all that is going on in the world at the moment. I have been enjoying some time ‘off the grid’ after safely returning home from Europe. With some recovery intermixed with some beautiful days in the mountains (only those close to home) it has been a good month. With a bit of an abnormal spring I thought I would post some of my favorite media from the past year!
It always seems like the time between updates fly’s by, I doubt that will ever really change, and this month has been no different. Taking advantage of the break in our season my team and I flew back to the US in February to full on winter, and man did it put a smile on my face. My first day home I woke up to below 0°F temps and dumping snow, I was pumped. I have not had the opportunity to do a longer training camp mid-winter before, especially one at home. It worked out really well. Park City provided some great conditions for quality training so we were able to be very productive both on the ski jump and cross country skis. Plus it’s hard to complain about being able to sleep in my own bed and make some powder turns during my free time!
After a snowy break in Park City we packed our bags again and headed back to Europe to finish the season off. First stop was Eisenerz, AUT a new town for me on the circuit and one of few towns in Europe that actually had snow this winter. It is a funny little town with a massive mine and a population on the older side, making for a funny dynamic. They did have great conditions, at least for Europe this season, which was a nice change for a competition weekend. It was a fun weekend with some positive results for the whole team. We had both Women’s and Men’s Nordic Combined competing that weekend so it was fun to have a full squad competing together!
It was then off to Lahti, Finland for the final two weekends of the season. We arrived to absolutely no snow on the ground, only on the racing course and ski jump. Because of that we were not allowed to ski on the course or jump beforehand as they wanted to keep the course closed in order to maintain the snow for the weekends competitions. It was a very weird experience because Finland is typically one of the coldest places on the tour. We took it in stride and had a fun time. Our entire team was together (all athletes, most coaches, techs) and we took part in some athlete vs. staff competitions; badminton, frisbee golf, floor hockey, etc. Needless to say we stayed busy and all had fun together. The first weekend of competition was a World Cup and the second was a Continental Cup. Both events had some positives and it was fun to end the season with better jumping and solid skiing. The cross country course in Lahti in my opinion is one of the hardest courses we race, after two weekends of racing it I was rather tired and feeling the BURN.
We all packed our bags and headed out after two weeks in Lahti. Ben and I traveled to Seefeld, Austria for a few days of skiing on the awesome trails and relaxing on the balcony in the sun in the afternoons. It was a nice little break to get some long skis without a strict schedule to follow. We then made a slightly faster and more rushed departure for home than originally planned, however I am now home safe and sound enjoying sleeping in my bed and recharging the batteries!
January has been an actioned packed month of competitions and travel. After our first weekend of competitions in Oberwiesenthal, GER I then traveled to Klingenthal, GER for the next competitions. Due to a lack of snow the races were held in Oberhof, GER about 2.5 hrs away from the ski jump. Because of this we had a different comp schedule. On Friday night we had Official training and a competition round, the following morning we had another jump competition. We then packed up and drove to Oberhof to race in the afternoon, on Sunday we had a morning race based off the competition jump from Friday morning. Definitely a different way of doing this compared to a typical Nordic Combined weekend but we were all just happy they were able to pull the competition off. Learning to roll with the punches and adapt to new ways of doing things is key, and this weekend was no different. Oberhof is also one of the more popular venues for the Biathlon World Cup. During the winter months I love to watch Biathlon, it is incredibly impressive and fun to watch. It was cool to race at a venue that I have watched on TV so many times, and man the TV makes the hills look far less steep than the actually are ha!
After Klingenthal I was off to Oberstdorf, GER for a weekend of World Cup competitions. Oberstdorf is the location for next year’s World Championships so this was an important weekend to learn from. With newly remodeled facilities and decent snow it was a great weekend to see how it will work next year. We had a team event and individual event in Oberstdorf, adding some fun to compete along side my teammates. The competition circuit does not have a large amount of team competitions. Our team spends so much time working with eachother to improve our skills that Nordic Combined feels more like a team sport at times. So regardless of the result it is always a good time and fun mix up to compete under the same bib number with my teammates.
I then traveled back to Planica, Slovenia for another weekend of Continental Cup competitions. My family was able to come and watch this event, it is always nice to have familiar faces and American voices cheering you on during the competitions. Planica was able to pull of great competitions with beautiful weather, it was quite warm but beautiful nonetheless. Planica is a complex that I have spent a lot of time at over the years so it is great to compete at a venue that is familiar to me. It is also the location for the ski jumping teams home base, or at least it is in close vicinity. We were able to spend some time with our fellow US competitors (the ski jumpers) who we do not see in the winter very often. Overall that made for a much larger showing of Americans, adding to the fun of the weekend. Due to a break in competitions and a lack of snow in Europe my team and I then made the decision to travel back to the US for a two week training camp on home soil. I am very excited to enjoy lots of snow and good conditions while spending time at home!
We are off to the races in Europe after a snowy and fun start to the season in the US. After my I returned from Norway with my team for our pre-season camp we had a few weeks before the only competitions of the year in the US. We had a three day Continental Cup Competition weekend in Park City to kick off the season. It was great to compete on home soil and get some competitions under my belt. It is always incredible to have the chance to compete in front of friends and family even if it is infrequent. Following those competitions Ben and I spent a week finalizing our entry into the WCAP program, a huge item to check off and very exciting. After meeting more athletes and the people who make this program possible I am even more excited to be representing the US on an international level.
I was then able to spend some time with family relaxing and enjoying a snowy Christmas in Steamboat. Any time I get to ski Steamboat Resort and catch up with friends and family I come out of it with fully charged mental batteries and excitement for what is next. After the holidays I returned to Park City for some training with my whole team before we packed it all up for the season. Park City had tons of snow and great conditions making for some fun skiing and good training. Check out some photos below.
My team and I then packed our lives up for the next three months and boarded planes for Europe, excited for the competition season. We started off in Planica, SLO for some quality training and a little extra time to adjust both physically and mentally. There isn’t much snow in Europe right now, often a sad sight. However the venues in Planica had great conditions on the hill and a short but quality loop for skiing. It was nice to all be in the same place as an entire team before we split groups for a bit, some heading to World Cup and some to Continental Cup. I just finished the first weekend of competitions in Oberwiesenthal, GER and will be heading to Klingenthal, GER for another weekend of competitions coming up. I am pumped to start competing and be representing the US in a new way. I’ll be posting more frequently in the coming months so stay tuned!