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Training camp

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

If you are going to be a Nordic skier you have to live by these words.  Snow is fleeting in most of the world, even the mighty Wasatch.  As we watch it dissipate we realign our training accordingly to find fun and challenging ways to do our workouts.  Surely roller skiing is the closest thing but 6 days a week 6 months straight would be hard to find motivating so we cross train.

            This past Monday I attempted to ski Cascade, a large peak near Provo, with teammate Brett Denney and though we eventually did some time on skis we also hiked and ran a fair amount.


It was certainly fun but a sure sign that summer is on the way!

On Tuesday we rode bikes for nearly 6 hours

 and finally on Wednesday we did some rollerskiing…

We also lifted very heavy Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week and the pinnacle of my favorite Roosevelt quote came on Saturday when our team did a fun local fundraiser to support local education called Running with Ed.  We split 38 miles into 10 segments and did 2 each.  Now having not really run at all yet made it incredibly painful but to try and make it a longer workout we also rode our bikes between each leg.  While I don’t have an accurate Strava I can sum up my own day as such:

9 miles of running about 1/3 trail and 2/3 road with 1200’ of elevation gain while doing about 20 miles of cycling in between.

Adam Loomis tagging me

2nd place out of 170 teams. 38 miles of tough running in 3:49

with Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis, Nick Hendrickson and Tyler Smith!

Something about jetlag…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

I’m not exactly sure why traveling across 8 or in this case 11 time zones seems to put me in the bloggin’ mood when I get up a few hours before the local bakers but here is my second installment in a month coming under the same circumstances.  I guess the above could potentially be viewed as a disclamer as I am working on 4 hours of sleep but I also feel very much awake and ready to get after it so maybe not. 

Yesterdays trip home from Sochi was uneventful as a triple connect from Sochi thru Zurich, Amsterdam, Minneapolis to Salt Lake could be be but time enough to cement one’s clock being thrown off big time and here I am at 5am ready to train or do something to make myself better.  In fact I just fnished watching Ted Ligety win his opening event at the FIS World Alpine Champs in Schladming, Austria in Super G and that in and of itself was inspiring. 

Add that to having just had a lackluster weekend in the pre-olympic venue and I am starting to salivate at the prospect of climbing the result list.  If you read my last blog you know that I believe our Nordic Combined team is very close to to some very good things and like clockwork my teammate Taylor Fletcher raced onto the podium hrs or days later.  Our last trip was fits and starts with some good and some ugly but overall showing that we are amongst the teams that are fighting to win.  Home now I have a couple weeks to really try and automate the things I know can bring me to the podium in Val di Fiemme, Italy for our own World Championships later this month and especially lay the foundation for next season. 

My last trip I finally jumped at a level that  qualified me into the individual events each weekend and was good enough to place 12th in the Klingenthal World Cup.  Despite a less than perfect event in Sichi on Saturady I managed to find some form on the jumphill Sunday which helped our team jump close to the contenders.  I am an optimist and find solace in the small things but the urgency of the situation is not lost me and I am processing all this into clear tasks and goals to make changes that will put me back where I want to be.  All this aside I am enjoying watching both Fletcher bros continually push toward the top of the field and can only realise that them being where they are only gives me better targets to train with. 

It is like it has always been in Nordic Combined USA.  A team environment which breeds success as long as someone is always out front and setting a bar high enough for the rest to chase and also to realise how good we can be. 

To my teammates, lets make the next weeks training camp count and get’r done!

Tour de France Camp O’12

Monday, July 16th, 2012

NC at it again dominating the hardest HC climbs of the Alpe’s while jumping in the morning and watching the big boys mix it up in the afternoon.  In this years edition of the Nordic Combined TDF we managed to knock down:

Col du Madeleine, Col du Glandon, l’Alpe d’Huez, Montee de Courchevel (some on rollerskis), Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier

for a grand total of 14,500 meters of climb over nearly 600km. 

This year we also had fellow Nordic Combined Olympians Jed Hinkley and Carl Van Loan, the proprieters of “Olympian Tours” bring several guests who rode with us and made some helpful donations to the National Nordic Foundation. Also supporting this effory was Fast Big Dog racing who through in some sicky kits and water bottles as well as Park City Cole Sport and Honey Stinger. 

Now the B team is training in Oberstdorf, Germany for several days and the A team is headed to Sochi to try out the new jumps and compete in some comps this coming weekend!

Here is a little video that mr @skifletch made to commerate our epic week.

Shoulder Season Training…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Training this time of year is bitter sweet… You are motivated to ski faster than ever but tired from training all summer.  The weather can suck for running/rollerskiing but there’s not enough snow to ski.  Athletes start traveling to get on snow and most everyone else tries to maintain fitness waiting for the white stuff or at least the sun to come out.  My life is defined by trying to balance getting enough on snow training before the opener in Kuusamo and not spending to much time on the road before the first comps getting stale.  Though it might sound weird two weeks in europe before a race can be bad if you’ve been doing this game for over a decade.  I’m going to chance it this year and as a result I find myself anxiously hoping to back country ski or skate or jump soon but in the meantime killing time and making my workouts by improv as illustrated below:



Best punch line for:

What do you get when you put a Biathlete and a Nordic Combiner side by side on a treadmill doing classic?

Win’s a 2010 Bjorn Dahlie jacket from me and some kind of squarehead triple stripped Adidas thing from Teela.


They see me rollin’!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

It’s that time of July again when the world turns it’s attention to the roads and mountains of France to see whose legs can sustain the pace necessary to win Le Tour.  While my own aspirations of bike racing are dwindling I still love the riding and especially our soiree’s to Courchevel for jumping and cycling.  This years edition of the Nordic Combined TDF includes the Swiss team who accompanied us on what indeed proved to be the longest ride of my life yesterday.  A 7:30 hr adventure from the Le Praz (Courchevel 1300) to the top of the Alp’s 2nd highest paved road atop the Col de L’Iseran… and back.  In all we covered 182km and 3490m of climb.  The real kicker of the day came in a fairly sustained effort from lowly (480m) Moutiers for over 70km to the top of the Col, a mere 2500m (8200′) higher.  Probably the most ardouous, albeit scenic, 3:30 hr effort I’ve undertaken.  After arriving at the summit we learned that the new snow adorning the surrounding peaks had indeed chilled the air to a balmy 4c (40f) and would chill any cyclist silly enough to sweat all the way back down to Val D’Isere.  Despite the “free” ride downhill the final 20km back up to Le Praz was a real hoot.  Not sure it will make me any faster come february but it sure as hell will make me tougher!  And I’ll be smiling all the way to Galibier on Thursday when we watch the racers churn it to the top of this Tours decisive HC finish… or will it be L’Alpe on Friday?!