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Mixing Things Up- Spring Recap

Spring for me is not about following a training plan; it is about staying active and doing whatever I feel like doing on that day. When it was raining, I would do something inside—when I was tired, I would do nothing—when I was antsy from studying all day, I would go on a long adventure. I decided my “training plan” in the moment, while making sure I was still building up running to prepare for the summer.

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Mud season!
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What the most of spring term looked like…a good way to get work done.
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Perks of a lot of rain…rainbows.

I took “moderation in everything” to the extreme this spring and really mixed things up. I had so many different interests that I found myself exercising twice a day pretty often (but not training twice a day necessarily). To give you a rough idea, in an (ambitious) week, I:

  • rock climbed 2x
  • triathlon team swim practice 2x
  • strength 2x
  • run 2x
  • mountain/road biking 2x

Obviously I didn’t do this every week, but I hit each activity at least once a week. I think mixing things up in the spring is especially important for me because I tend to “break” easily if I am doing the same receptive motions over and over. Not only is cross training good physically, but also mentally. It is refreshing to mix things up, especially when the approaching summer season is filled with a lot of hours of rollerskiing and running.

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Opening day at Burke!
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Dartmouth Women’s Ski Team featuring Robin with the photobomb.
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Lo and I ready to rip.

Towards the second half of spring term, I started to ramp back up my training to prepare for our first U.S. Ski Team camp of the year in Bend, Oregon. I worked by butt off in school before heading out so I could enjoy the training and be able to make the most of the camp. 7 weeks into the term, I flew out to Bend really excited to be back on snow, skiing in a place I had never been before!

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Reunited with my fellow guppies ❤

The camp started off with mid winter conditions, perfect skiing, and endless feet of snow in May! Quickly, the weather transformed to the typical Bend 60-70 degrees and sunshine weather and we were skiing in tank tops and shorts for the rest of camp. Every day we skied 3 hours in the morning and then did some type of non- skiing workout in the afternoon, including a run at Smith Rock!

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January or May?
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In the zone during a speed (PC: Bryan Fish).
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Jessie and I post swim to finish our run at Smith Rock (PC: Matt Whitcomb)
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Smith Rock was so cool! Definitely coming back to rock climb here! (PC: Matt Whitcomb)
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Watching people surf the river wave one evening in town.
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Sweet mountain biking with Bryan!(PC: Bryan Fish)

My absolute favorite workout was the crust cruise! I had never been crust cruising before and I must say it really lived up to all the hype. I don’t even really know how to describe what I felt in words, but I do know crust cruising encapsulates all the reasons why I love cross-country skiing and adventuring in nature.

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Up and up.
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The group cruising along.
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Summit views!
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Summit photo.
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After all the climbing, it was time to shred some corn!
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Feeling small.

After 2 weeks of a lot of training, my body was tired and ready to rest. I came back from camp and headed straight into finals….it was the perfect way to rest the body by sitting on my butt studying all day. I have now finished my first year of college and I am going to keep the ball rolling by being at school for the summer term. But first, a short 2.5 week break from school to spend time with my family!

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A great crew at camp! (PC: Matt Whitcomb)
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Ready for some rest.

-JKern


Enjoying Every Moment

(*My season edit is linked here and at the bottom.) If you had asked me at the start of the season if I thought I would be standing on the line of a World Cup quarterfinal next to my teammate Jessie Diggins, Maiken Caspersen Falla (the overall sprint leader), and Ida Ingemarsdotter(a skier I have … More Enjoying Every Moment

Familiar Faces and Familiar Places

What has stood out to me most these past two weeks is the incredible ski community that I am lucky enough to be a part of. I played almost every sport imaginable growing up and nothing comes close to the enthusiasm, positivity, passion, and hard work that revolves around cross country skiing and I think that is huge reason why skiing has become my lifestyle. … More Familiar Faces and Familiar Places

The Rollercoaster

Last month we had a race cancelled to due too much snow; fast-forward one month, races are getting cancelled because of too little snow. Just in this past month, I have ranged from feeling unstoppable, to being sick in bed, from winning races, to falling straight on my face, from my body aching everywhere, to … More The Rollercoaster

Closing One Door, Opening a New One

Going into this season I was targeting one week, World Junior Championships, where I wanted to be skiing at my fastest. Some people call this peaking, but I see it as everything falling into place at the right time…and this requires practice and some luck too. You can be peaking and yet, things do go … More Closing One Door, Opening a New One

Behind the Scenes: The Unsung Heroes

If you are at all part of the cross country ski community you probably are aware that this past week was historic for team USA at World Juniors/U23 Championships! You see the results and photos from the races and podium ceremonies….but what people don’t see are the TRUE HEROES who make all of these accomplishments … More Behind the Scenes: The Unsung Heroes

Snowpocalypse.

A happy skier makes a fast skier. This is a saying I hear often and I truly believe in it. It is easy to get wrapped up in what it says to do on your training plan, your race results, your average heart rate and so on. This week I decided to just enjoy the … More Snowpocalypse.

U.S. Nationals Recap

This past week is one of the most important race weeks for domestic skiers every year; all international start spots from the junior level all the way up to World Cup and World Championship level are decided. To make things even more exciting, the Canadians joined in on the racing at U.S. Nationals, resulting in … More U.S. Nationals Recap

Family <3

The holidays are one of my favorite times of year because I get to go to Germany and see all of my family, most of which I see once a year at most. This holiday I was lucky enough to see everyone person in my family and even some of my friends. Especially this year, … More Family <3

Smile. It makes your eyes sparkle.

Early Season Recap. … More Smile. It makes your eyes sparkle.