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Spring Timin’ update

Since the races wrapped up in Sun Valley the typical spring chaos that tends to ensue has been in full effect .  The feeling I get at the end of a long race season isn’t always the same, sometimes I’m really ready to hang em up for the summer and other times I feel like I could keep on racing for another month or so. This year it was more of the latter since my strength and fitness felt like they were starting to come around and since World Champs I was having fun racing out the last world cups and super tour races in Sun Valley. I started feeling pretty sick the day before the 50k which was a real bummer since thats one of my favorite ways to close out the season. What I thought was just a normal cold though turned into one of the worst sicknesses I’ve had in years with a ganrly soar throat lasting more than a week and lots of hacking. I tried not to let the sickness slow us down while my teammates, Erika, and myself jumped into a few weeks of springtime freedom.

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After spending a few days in Sun Valley Erika and I drove back up to Bozeman and had a few days to chill out at her house. With the snow melting fast we took advantage of a 60+ degree day up on Bridger Bowl. Although sections of the mountain were closed because of lack of snow there was absolutely nobody out on a weekday and we had some empty chairlifts and runs to ourselves.

One of our big ‘to Do’s’ for the spring was to make it back to Boston to attend the YES fundraiser. YES is a really cool organization supported by skiers such as Ted Ligety and the T2 foundation and they help bring outdoor activities like skiing to inner city youth in the Boston area. We were able to meet a bunch of the kids and hand out certificated for those who tried xc skiing during the winter. Than night we attended a really cool YES fundraising dinner where Erika accepted the community outreach award on behalf of the SMST2 team.

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BOSTON

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Erika and I at the YES fundraiser

After the fundraiser our eastern ‘spring break’ really began and we had a few days to see the city and visit with Erika’s sister who lives in the Beacon Hill area. We made it out for a run by the water and spent some time cruising the streets. It was one of our first runs of the year and as most of you know it can make you pretty sore to pound the pavement after a long winter, so we tried to keep it under 1 hour.

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Erika and I have a unique running style we were revealing to the many joggers getting ready for the Boston marathon.

We heard the New England aquarium was pretty cool to check out so we put our tourist shoes on and made the trip. Most were pretty excited to see the penguins.. I really liked the seals, they were so happy and laid back… I think we had a connection.

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there was an 85 year old turtle there that weighed 500 lbs!

After our two days in Boston we drove back to Vermont for phase 2 of Eastern Spring break which consisted of hitting up the local sugaring parties, driving muddy back roads of Vermont, and since the weather is still so wintery… skiing a lot.

IMG_1770We picked up a friend of ours from Luxembourg in Boston and brought him back to VT for the week so he could check it out. Kari is a world cup skier from Luxembourg and is spending some time in the US for vacation. I felt bad that the weather was so cold and nasty but we tried to take advantage of it by going xc skiing, backcountry skiing, and alpine.

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Erika on our Easter Morning backcountry ski up and down Peru Peak. I’ve never seen so much snow in this area during April. Stratton is staying open at least a week longer than normal and we will be able to ski here will into May.

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Kari and I up on Stratton for an Alpine day. it was crazy that it started snowing and we couldn’t believe how cold and icy the snow was. Not your typical spring break. It was one of Erika’s goals to do all the different kinds of skiing we could, which included the famous snowmobile trail skiing of southern VT. I just so happen to get a text from Beckwith the day before explaining how he and Brie where skiing a large chunk of the Catamount trail for their honeymoon adventure. We joined up with them at Grout pond and skied a 15k section point to point.

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Up at Prospect Mt. XC on April 11th. still groomed tracks and full coverage

The plan for the next week or so is to hang out here in Vermont and enjoy some down time. It’s easy to be too active this time of year since the skiing is still so good, but I’ll do my best to relax. It’s been a while since I really had much time at home so I’m looking forward to it. This is the first spring in a while where I haven’t gone down to central America for a surf trip. I’m definitely craving the warm water and big waves but this is also a fun change of pace. It can’t be a ‘spring break’ without any surfing though so Erika and I are heading out to California later in the month for a week of surfing adventure! gotta love April

 

 

World Championships!

The 2015 Falun World Championships have come to an end after two weeks of what I think was ski racing at it’s absolute best. Across the board the majority of athletes I talk to think these championship were some of the most fun to participate in because of the cool race courses, awesome stadium layout with tons of fans, and general smooth organization on behalf of Falun2015. It’s cool how Falun has a ‘small town’ feel but was also big enough to host a major championships and since the ski jumps and the xc venue were right next to one another it was a super convenient for spectators to access the racing action and pack the stands. I think almost every day sold out even standing room tickets! The sprint race was first on the schedule, which I think is always kind of fun to start out the championships with…

Davos to Sweden

We just finished up our pre World Champs training camp in Davos and as always life at the Kulm didn’t disappoint. We spent the past 10 days getting in some great skiing in some snowy conditions and enjoy a short break from World Cup racing. Everyone’s approach to a pre championship training camp is a little bit different, for me I spent the first few days working on some easy distance training while adjusting to the altitude. It’s funny how even just a few days of logging some increased hours of distance training during the middle of a busy season can help boost your fitness. After a few longer days of training I switched over to working on some hard intensity. Each athlete has their won individual formula for a successful peak leading up to World Camps. For me it was time to focus on some hard intervals getting in…

do svidaniya Russia!

    We saw a little but of everything during this trip to Russia from highs to lows both on the race track and in sub zero temperatures. In general it was an outstanding weekend of top performances from our ladies squad and as always it was an exciting adventure filled with things out of the ordinary so… here are a few pics.   the trip to Rybinsk started with a 6 hour bus ride from Moscow. The roads are a lil bit bumpy in some parts and our rickety bus didn’t go much faster than 40 miles per hour, but we were able to spread out and enjoy the bumps and just roll with it. We watched a few movies and kicked back but at the end of the day it was a wicked long travel day. I couldn’t believe we made it the whole 6 hour trip with…

Fightin’ the Hives

The Tour de Ski is officially behind us and unfortunately for me it couldn’t have come too soon. It’s safe to say that the past 1o days have been some of the hardest for me as an athlete struggling with both on-course disasters and my health. With that being said there were still many highlight of the week which can’t be ignored especially seeing Liz battle her way to a 5th place overall finish. We were beyond stoked to see her crush the classic mass start sage 6 and then to turn around and hammer up another placing in the hill climb was unreal! We were all yelling at the TV here in Ramsau and it really was an epic ski on her part. So proud of her.   Sophie, Sadie, Ida, Simi and I traveled to Ramsau after the races in Toblach since we were planning on skipping the…

Home for X-Mas!

When I heard the news that FIS had changed and relocated last weeks races to Davos not to mention substituted in a Skate sprint, I have to admit I wasn’t too stoked. It had aways been my plan to skip the last weekend of World Cups before Christmas and travel home for some family time. After running through every possible scenario to stay in Davos and race the second Skate sprint I decided to stick with the travel plan and miss out on some valuable world cups points and continue flying home to VT on December 16th. Looking back it was a tough decision for sure… It’s never fun to think about a world cup sprint going on without you, especially on a course you know you can compete well on… but at the end of the day for me it was totally worth it and I’l glad I stuck…

Ruka to Lillehammer

Sometimes it feels like the ‘steeps’ of Ruka can either make or break your weekend in Kuusamo. There really are very few ski courses in the world that have steeper hills and it’s something that we definitely don’t see on the roller skis throughout the summer so it can be a very rude awakening to the world cup scene. For me it was a tough adjustment and the races didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped. The race weekend started with the classic sprint on Saturday and as usual everyone including myself was pretty fired up to draw race the final Ruka climb into the stadium and fight it out on what has become an iconic opening sprint race.  They day wasn’t made any easier by some tricky waxing conditions. looking up the big climb. I think it’s safe to say that often times conditions are a lot…

Far North Update

We have been in Muonio Finland for the past 4 days and going through the usual adjusting to the Euro time zone and the dark coldness of the far North. As usual it look the typical 27 hours + to travel all the way from Vermont to Northern Finland but with everyone here in one piece and all of our baggage intact you can’t really ask for much more. Muonio is about a 3 hour drive North of Roveneimi (the official airport of Santa Clause!)   Getting ready for the 7+ hour flight across the pond. In order to get to Muonio we had to fly to Amsterdam- Helsinki – Roveneimi This shot of the map in the airport gives you an idea of how far North we really are…. about a 3 hour drive above the arctic circle. For the past 4 days we have been getting some great…

Last week Home

yes it is. Actually it’s the last week in the US for a while so here’s a little recap of whats been going on. After returning from Canmore Erika, Simi, Sophie, Ben and I hit up the big city for two days. Now most people know I’m not much of a city guy but NYC has been growning on me the last few times I’ve been there. It’s just so different, I feel like it’s kind of it’s own country. Very overwhelming, but a pretty cool place to see in small doses. We spent a day checking out some different parts of town including the MET and central park before we had our NYC Gold Medal Gala US Ski team fundraiser that evening. It was a great turn out and a as always it was a cool opportunity to catch up with USSA supporters, trustees, and ski fans from NY….

Canmore update

Frozen Thunder in Canmore never seems to disappoint.  We’ve been training here for the past week getting used to the feel of skiing on real snow and extending our mega camp into it’s third week.  The thought of skiing on a 2 k loop for a week can make some skiers cringe but something about being here in Canmore on the ‘Thunder” isn’t bad at all. I’ve been in plenty of ski tunnels over the years and although the skiing is just as crowded and often times just as sugary here on the “Thunder” the fact that we’re outside surrounded by beautiful mountains makes it that much better. We have been spending the past week adjusting to the roller ski – snow transition which means working on a lot of technique. Here Liz, Jessie, and Matt work on some skating without poles.  Our first few days in town we worked…