This summer has been the longest period of time I have spent in one state, for sure since I have been on the National Team and possibly longer. Thanks to great planning from my coaches it was well spent. My streak of days in Utah was broken this past month with a training camp in Europe! My team and I were stoked to be traveling and training in Europe once again. With all that is happening in the world right now I feel very fortunate to even have the ability to pull off a trip.
After lots of jumping through hoops and work in the background figuring out logistics I was on the plane headed to our first stop in Oberstdorf, GER. Oberstdorf is where this seasons World Championships will be located. Because of that our team wanted to get some extra training time at the venue. Per usual, European Fall weather served up some perfect days and some ‘character building’ days, all of which were productive. The whole team was together and pushed each other to make improvements and take advantage of our time on the venues. We finished off our time in Oberstdorf with an inter-team competition chasing each other around a brutal roller ski course. It was great to bring the week together with a true Nordic Combined day, naturally it was one of the prettiest days in town.
After Oberstdorf we then travelled to Seefeld, AUT, our teams home base in Europe for the upcoming winter. The jump in Seefeld is not open in the summer, however there is a jump a few towns away (20min) that we got some quality training days on. The roller ski course in Seefeld is great for intensity and closely resembles the type of courses we compete on in the winter. We got to explore the surrounding mountains of our European neighborhood, needless to say they were rather scenic runs!
Roller ski intervals in Seefeld
I am now back in Park City enjoying the Fall weather. After a quick break we are back at training and diving into the final training blocks before the competition season is upon us. This year will certainly look different, but we will be able to compete! I will share more on that as more details are published and finalized.