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Bet on yourself.

November is always a really tough time to be a Cross Country skier. You’ve been training as hard and as smart as you can for months and months but there’s really no way to tell if it’s all worked out until you start racing! Even then, the first races of the season aren’t always indicative of what’s to come when it really matters in January and, especially this season, mid-February.
It’s easy to lose some self-confidence at this time. I’ve had a few workouts where I’m asking myself “did that feel about right? Am I too tired? Am I too RESTED? How do I know?” And the funny thing is, this happens every single year. Every fall I start to doubt and worry and wonder about how my body is going to perform after all those hundreds of hours of training stack up.

Lacing up for a run!

But you know what? There’s two ways to go about it. I can sit and worry and wonder “will I succeed? How will I race fast?”
Or I can say to myself: “How can I NOT race fast? I’ve trained hundreds of hours, trained the best way I know how. I trust myself, I trust my coaches, and I trust that I’ve been smart enough to know when to rest and when to push it. This style of training has worked out for me the last few years…there’s absolutely no reason it shouldn’t work this year, too.”.
So I’m betting squarely on myself. I’m not asking “what if it doesn’t work out?” but instead saying “what if it DOES?!?”

Kris and Siri joining me for a long ski/run!

I’ve always defined reaching success as that feeling when you cross the finish line, look back, and you can honestly say to yourself that you’ve done absolutely everything you can to race fast. I’ve looked back at the last 10 years and I’ve put skiing first, before everything else in my life. I’ve kept it balanced, kept it fun, but every training session I’ve gone out there and not slacked off.
The most important part? I’ve had so much FUN along the way! The pursuit of “the perfect race” has been like a game for me. There’s always going to be some little tweak to my technique, pacing, or the way I take a corner in a race. There’s always going to be some way to get faster, and I love that. It’s never going to be boring. I’ve met some of the closest friends in my life through skiing, and had a chance to meet people all over the world.

The big clinic I put on last week…it was so fun to meet and see so many skiers! (photo by skinny ski)

Doing some strength and agility as a group (photo by skinny ski)

So with that in mind, I’m approaching my final week of training here in the US before flying to Europe with the same determination and focus that I’ve taken to every week of training since I became a professional skier. Find ways to improve every single day, enjoy the little moments along the way, work hard and rest hard. I’m looking forward to this season.

Cuddling with the puppy dogs after a hard morning training session.

Before I go, a lot of people have asked me how they can support US XC skiing. I have an answer for you! You can’t donate to me personally any longer, but you CAN help make sure that the next generation of skiers has all the right building blocks along the way so that they can climb their way to the World Cup circuit. Please donate to the National Nordic Foundation. I donated because in 5 years when I’m the old lady on the team, I want to make sure my relay teammates have had experience racing internationally so they’re ready for the World Cup.
Any amount helps: $25 pays a ski bag fee while traveling to race, $50 pays a race entry, $125 pays a day of food/lodging at a European race circuit – crucial for young athletes to gain exposure to racing internationally!
Here’s my fundraising page:
Thank you for your help!

Hallo from the other siiiiiideeeee…of summer.

I recently had to clean up a lot of photos on my computer, and I went through a LOT of memories during this process. I realized just how much growing up I did on the road with various ski teams throughout my life. Here’s these photos of little 18 year…

A day in the Snow Farm life

I am not especially good at mornings. On a normal morning I stumble out of bed and blindly (I mean this literally since my contacts are not yet in my eyes) fumble around for the coffee. Only after I’ve had a solid 10 minutes to start sipping my steaming mug…

Let my Brain be Smarter than my Heart

I would argue that the most important part of being a professional skier is not how much you train, but how smart you rest. Let me elaborate on that. If skiing fast were only about training the most hours, we could just compare training logs and not even bother racing….

Brick by brick

“So, when you’re transitioning from double-pole kick to a double-pole, remember to take the extra half a second to get fully forward—” “Wait…..just….a second. Can’t….hear….you….” …over the roaring in my ears caused by my own ragged breath. This was the exchange with Coach Cork following the second to last interval…

A little bit sassy, a lot overdue

You guys! It’s July. Not only the start of July, but….well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. How did time start going by so fast? In the midst of all the traveling around, camps, family time and training blocks I feel like it can’t possibly be mid-summer already. Yet,…

Finding inspiration every day.

“I’m pretty sure that 99% of being a fast skier is knowing how to suffer.” This was my “profound” conclusion partway up Stratton Mountain during a hot and sweaty bounding interval session. This may have been the high amount of lactic acid pooling in my legs talking, but it isn’t…

Charging up for another summer

Here we are again…me, on a sunny deck in Bend, Oregon stretching out my tired and sore legs and you reading about the craziness that is on-snow skiing in May! But first, a recap of all things that happened between April and now. This spring I got the mental break…

A week of adventure in Hawaii!

When I was in 1st grade, I met Danielle Mangine. We’ve been friends ever since. And although I don’t get to see her or any of my friends back in Minnesota as often as I would like, it’s one of those friendships that just picks right back up from where…

End of season AND event in MN!

Well, folks…that’s it! The season is DONE! I feel like the last month has absolutely flown by, and for a while there I was racing every 3 days. That’s a lot of hard work packed into a short amount of time! Right now I’m absolutely exhausted both mentally and physically….