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The Last Hurrah!

I ended my summer in the best way possible! Annie, Paddy, Pat and I headed up to Lyme, NH to do what we call Lyme/Caldwell camp. The location was awesome because it put us close to incredible training grounds. We kicked off the first day with a distance run along the Appalachian Trail followed by an afternoon double pole workout, making use of the great terrain around us! It felt like I hadn’t stopped running and the trail zig zagged back and forth with a nice flow.

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A selfie can say it all.
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Paddy’s cabin view❤
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Zoom Zoom (Pat).
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Looks fake…but trust me it is real (Pat)!
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Paddy is stoked (Pat).
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Guess how many times they expanded this house (Pat)?

Every workout upped the last one in terrain, views, and coolness factor (of course). We finished off the training camp with an epic ski (I biked) up the Kancamangus Highway and then back through Lincoln towards Moosilauke. The climbing was gradual enough to make biking up really enjoyable and the ride back down SOOOOO awesome (I felt like Dave in the film Breaking Away)!

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Climbing up (Pat).
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Focused.
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Summiting! 
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Yeeehaaa downhill time!
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ZOOOOOOM!
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Summit/end of camp hurrah!
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Summit view!

 

 

The two mini camps I did in Craftsbury and in Lyme got me excited and motivated for fall training! It was the perfect atmosphere to ease back into training without pressure or expectations, just pure enjoyment of being back out training with my teammates. The long workouts gave me a lot of time to reflect and think about my priorities, goals, and where I am headed next.

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Thinking… (Pat)
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During our long workouts Pat entertains himself.
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And we couldn’t do it without him!

What is next? Well, tomorrow marks the first day of my fall term at Dartmouth and also my 19th Birthday! I have set some goals for the fall and I think Dartmouth will be a great place to achieve them. I am looking forward to balancing school and skiing and be very busy after a long time of not having enough going on! That being said, I am only going to blog every two weeks during this fall term. Hurrah to the end of a great summer and to the beginning of a new year and new term!

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-JKern

 

 


Back in Action

After several weeks of no improvement, I have felt a sudden improvement in my symptoms. I am really bummed that I have to miss the New Zealand on snow training camp right now, but I very happy to be feeling much better and that I am able to start training again! My teammates Annie and… More Back in Action

The Other Things

When training is in full swing, it is hard to fit in some of the other things I really enjoy doing because they happen to be other sports that require energy and time that I cannot spare. However, I am still on hold for any real ski training due to an unknown illness so I have… More The Other Things

All the Feels.

Contrary to the negative connotation that the word “emotion” carries, I believe emotion is a good thing. Bryan Fish (my U.S. Ski Development coach) once said, “regardless of what you decide to pursue, it should evoke emotion“. His presentation was eye opening to me because it was spot on! Often times people see emotion as a weakness,… More All the Feels.

“Storms make trees take deeper roots”

As I was watching the Olympics last night, this quote resonated with me: “Storms make trees take deeper roots”. I repeated the quote in my mind a few times and then the meaning stuck with me. The more adversity the tree encounters, the deeper the roots take, and the stronger the tree grows. I immediately… More “Storms make trees take deeper roots”

Switching roles

I arrived back at Stratton to an action packed scene. BKL (little kids) camp was wrapping up and SMS Junior Camp was kicking off. We also had a ski club from Sweden here for the week training with us which was super cool! Instead of being an athlete this week, I was a coach at… More Switching roles

Recovery Week

After a big block of training, I got a “vacation” week where I was able to go home and relax with my family. My family went on our annual family vacation camping on the Cape! It was nice to spend time with my family who I don’t see very often, especially my sister who lives… More Recovery Week

Steps forward —>

Immediate improvement is what we all want…but that is not how training works. Instead, this is my version of the training phases. First week of the training block: Moderate training. 2. Second week: Good volume week. 3. Third week: Big Volume/Intensity 4. Fourth week: Rest and Recovery 5. Week one: New training block. Okay, here is… More Steps forward —>

Finding that “Swing”

I am currently finishing the book “The Boys in the Boat” (for those who don’t what it is, it is about the nine men and their quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in rowing). Below is a quote I read a few days ago that resonated with me. “Therein lies the secret to… More Finding that “Swing”

Summer Focus.

  Fresh off a training camp from Park City, UT, I am heading into summer more focused and healthy than I have ever been in the past. It was really fun to return to Park City and see my friends from last summer when I was out there as well as runiting with some of my… More Summer Focus.