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“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 made the comparison with the athletes I was watching such as the track athlete Yohan Blake. He was unable to train for 2 years with a separated hamstring prior to this Olympics and he made his way to 4th place in the 100m finals last night.

Blake being taken off the track by a wheelchair in 2014.
Blake in lane 9 going for 4th place last night.

Some trees cannot fight the massive storms thrown at them because they are too great to conquer, and those stories are also shared at the Olympics. However, those who are able to survive the storm usually come out on top because their roots are so deep and strong. Have you ever heard of the saying “dig deep”? You probably have if you are cross-country skier. To dig deep can mean something different for everyone, but I view it as digging deep into the heart to unleash a level beyond what just training can achieve. I believe the ability to dig deep is the true key to success and only you can see the power of you roots. If you have faced obstacles and set backs, then your roots are pretty darn deep, so you can dig deeper than anyone out there. So what do these deep roots represent? Blood, sweat, and tears (but actually). More importantly, it is the passion, the fire, and the excitement to be able to do what you love after the storm passes.

We had some massive thunderstorms pass by this week…I guess it is a stormy week.
Our power lines did not have deep enough roots to survive the storm. Annie using the wind-up flashlight during out power outage.
What the storms were like for 2 days.

This saying grabbed my attention not only because of the Olympic stories that are shared on television, but because I am going through a “storm” myself. Unfortunately, I was unable to uphold my #1 goal this summer: stay healthy. I have not been feeling well for the past two weeks so in attempt to feel better, I have taken more than a week off completely (in normal people standards…not the nordie standard of an off week being an easy hour run every day!). I am lucky enough to be good at taking time off (for nordie standards) but I have found myself reaching my threshold and this quote was a great reminder to take deeper roots and wait out the storm. So…sometimes the way to the top is the way down.

Roots or branches? A fun photo I took and edited a while back.

Keep digging deeper.


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.

Spring Recap(with video)!

What happened this spring? I am starting up my blog again! After today, I plan to post one every Monday! I finished my first term of college at Dartmouth. I absolutely loved it! I headed out to Park City for a short camp. I learned about body movement and how to properly fuel for workouts.… More Spring Recap(with video)!

What a year, thank YOU!

Wow, the season is over! I don’t even know where to begin?! I faced numerous challenges this year, many more than I would have hoped for. I am however, fortunate to have had the opportunity to face and overcome my challenges successfully. They have made me stronger mentally and physically, they have taught me how […]

10 Things I learned from racing in Europe for the past 4 weeks !

Things I learned from racing in Europe for the past 4 weeks (in no particular order)… Americans have no reason to doubt that they can’t ski with the top skiers. We had multiple top 10 results at the OPA Cup races. We had multiple top 20’s at World Juniors. A German coach even came up […]


Cross-country skiing is an individual sport but it cannot be done without a team. I think what has made this trip so successful is the team atmosphere. Often times in the past I have found that being one of the youngest ones on the trip can be hard, but this year I haven’t even noticed […]