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Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.

These past 5 weeks my motto has been efficiency, not just in one area of life, but all of them!

Efficiency:

1.The state or quality of being efficient, or able to accomplish something with the least waste of time and effort; competency in performance.

2. Accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort.

3. The ratio of the work done or energy developed by a machine, engine, etc., to the energy supplied to it, usually expressed as a percentage.
Part 1: School
I am exactly at the half way point of my fall term at Dartmouth, with 5 weeks left until the term ends. As I walk though the library at school, it astounds me how many people just sit there on the their phone, getting absolutely nothing done. One of the things I think I have done well this term is that when I sit down to do work, I use my time as efficiently as possible, not browsing through social media or just blankly starring at a textbook. Not only do I get my work done much faster, but I get more out of studying when I am uninterrupted.
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The Dartmouth girls team.
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However, it is human to not be efficient all the time…like right after midterms when your better off accidentally napping in the athlete study room than trying to do work (Photo courtesy of Lo).
Part 2: Training
One major reason I have tried to be really efficient with school work is so that I have time to train. Between getting ready for workouts, doing them, and driving time that is sometimes included, training can take up a fair amount of time in a day, especially the double days. I have surprised myself with the hours I am able to accomplish in training while in school. However, school can still limit the amount of hours you train, but as a true believer of quality over quantity, I find every workout is extremely focused and effective. As some people would say, “the best bang for the buck”.
Part 3: Within Training
I started to feel fully healthy about 3-4 weeks ago. Although I was only sidelined for a few weeks, I did lose some fitness and definitely noticed that when I was coming back into regular training the past few weeks. My approach: I might not be as fit, but maybe if I can really focus on being efficient through my technique, then I can keep up with my teammates while still skiing easy? Technique is always something that I will be working on, but I concentrated most of my focus towards technique during every session the past few weeks and found that my approach actually seemed to work pretty well. I feel like I have made gains particularly in my double pole technique and strength. Even in running, where I feel like skiers don’t think about their technique, I was thinking about in which ways I can be more efficient in my stride.
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On an OD run through the Grant.

The combination of feeling 100% healthy, being able to train at full capacity and feel good, and being focused on being efficient has made me feel more fit than I have in a while. One of my favorite days on the week is Sunday because our team does a 3-4 hour run/hike on a different hiking trail every Sunday. Who knew that doing 3-4 hour runs on hiking trails every weekend makes running on normal trails feel like a piece of cake?! We have had an unlucky streak with weather, managing to end up in the clouds at every summit along our adventure runs. However, we have been lucky to have no rain (except for a little hail) and cool temperatures that are perfect for long runs.

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Run #2: Hit the submit 30 minutes before the fog burned off.
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Run #2: But once the fog burned off, oh how beautiful it was🙂
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Run #2: Cool suspension bridge.
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Run #2: Everyone with big smiles about fall!
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Run #3 Cube-Smarts: A view on the decent with Leah and Abby.
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Run #4 Franconia Ridge (and my absolute favorite one!): At the summit of Lafayette with Zoe and Meg where we almost got blown over!
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Run #4: Caught a brief glimpse of the foliage as a cloud moved through. 

A few weeks ago I also got to see my SMS teammates when we held a free clinic for kids in Hanover area. We had a great turnout and it was cool to see how enthusiastic the young skiers are in the Hanover area!

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What a group (not everyone fit in this photo)!
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They asked really great questions!
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Q and A.

Now I am resting up at home for a few days before I head out to Park City, UT for a U.S. Ski Team training camp for two weeks. I am hoping that if I am efficient, I can manage missing two weeks of classes!

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Accidentally found this concert on my last night on campus; it was a great way to unwind from midterms! 

I hope to post my next update after my training camp in two weeks!

-JKern

 


The Last Hurrah!

The last hurrah before school starts!… More The Last Hurrah!

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”