Oh how time flies when you are having fun, or busy, however you want to look at it. This summer I experienced both sides of that. The majority of my summer was spent in Fort Leonard Wood, MO and if I’m being honest was more on the side of flying by because I was busy, real busy. During Basic Training our days started at 4:30-5 am and lights out was a strict 9pm, the time between that was packed, and naps were a big no no, I learned that the hard way. On the flip side I have been back to my Nordic Combined life since late August and that time has flown by because it has been so da** fun. I definitely appreciated the life of a professional athlete before this summer, however I enjoy every part of it exponentially more now, the freedom is UNREAL.
After I returned from Army training this summer I spent about a month in Park City with my team getting back into training and the swing of things. It was great weather in Utah and my coach Nick built out a great re-entry into training for us. I enjoyed each day of training so much, getting back on the jump hill was especially fun, man had I missed it. Check out some photos from that time!
In September my team and I had a fair amount of traveling on the plan with lots of exciting things included. To start we made a quick trip to Steamboat for the Oktoberfest Fundraiser, it was a great turnout and fun to be home for a few nights! Then we packed our gear and started with a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis. As always it was a solid trip, being able to sit down with our team doctor and participate in some more cool testing that the Mayo Clinic has come up with in order to help our team succeed. From there we flew to Austria for the beginning of our training camp in Europe. We started in Ramsau, one of my favorite places to train, we were greeted with classic fall weather. Ramsau served up both rainy, cold days and beautiful sunny warm days, all of which made for productive and fun training. We got to ski on the Dachstein Glacier several days, one of which was the best days I have ever skied on that glacier! While in Ramsau we visited the Atomic factory and got a very cool in depth tour of how they produce our fleet of race skis! Following Ramsau we escaped to the mountains for an overnight adventure and lots of time running in the mountains. Nick had an awesome route and plan for us, we were able to peak a beautiful mountain (Speckkarspitze) and scramble down to a warm lunch at a hut, we then had a 20km jog out the valley. We finally made it to Seefeld where we would be staying for the remainder of our trip. Check out some photos below!
After a few days in Seefeld Ben and I traveled back to the US for a weekend with the National Guard, the remainder of the Team spent a few more days in Europe before coming home as well. Since I have been back Park City has gone through the full Fall cycle, having snowed and been sunny and warm. Ben and I actually got to rip some turns after strapping skis to our packs and hiking up into the mountains, worth it! I have been quite busy since returning from EU with lots going on in the background. I have been able to enjoy some productive and fun training as well, this time of year is one of my favorites as winter is right around the corner!! In the next month my team and I will travel to Scandinavia for an early snow camp and Ben and I will be making big steps in regard to the National Guard, more on that next time, enjoy some more media!