On the weekend of October 10th I competed in US National Championships in Lake Placid, NY. The Competition was on their k90 meter hill. We arrived two days before the event and were able to get several sessions of training in before the comp day. On the day of the comp I had a fairly good jump and I ended up starting the race in 5th place. The course was a hard 2.5km loop around the base of the ski jumps, we did 4 laps of the loop. As I had jumped ahead of some of my older teammates they ended up catching me as they are faster than me. I had a fairly good race for myself though as I was only 6 weeks off my collarbone injury. I ended up placing 8th in US National Championships which I was very pleased with!
After this event the entire US Nordic Combined Team and a group of some of our best juniors came over to Europe for a two week training camp. We started out the trip in Einsiedeln, Switzerland to compete in Swiss nationals. They have a k105 meter hill which is slightly smaller than a big hill and slightly bigger than a 90m so it is super fun! we did a bunch of training here. One day we did running intervals up one of the local mountains with 2,705ft of vertical gain! The jumping did not go as well as I had hoped but the race was fun but really hard. We did a 7.5km running race around the base of the jumps with a steep uphill that made the course extremely hard.
Our next stop on the trip is Oberstdorf, Germany where I have actually been before! Here we are training hard a jumping a ton. My jumping is coming along great which I am extremely excited about! We did 6x4 intervals at the local roller ski course the other day and I was very happy with how fast I was able to ski! Now that I am part of the US Nordic Combined team I do the majority of my intensity sessions with the older athletes and it is a great experience to try and keep up with them for as long as I can on our intevals. We are here for four more days and then we will be returning to the states. I am very happy with how this camp has gone so far and I am getting more and more excited for the upcoming season! Continue to check back for more updates on what I will be doing leading up to the ski season!