My current pursuit is competitive cross-country skiing. I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to follow her dreams and do something I love – ski racing and training – as my life’s work at the moment. In my back pocket, I hold a degree in Civil Engineering, so that eventually when the greater world invades, I can design buildings and bridges and engage the mathematical side of my mind. For now, I keep that part on low power mode, and fuel my competitive athletic instincts, my devouring-of-literature side, and my inclinations to dabble in creativity-with-music-and-art.
Most of the time these days I live in quiet Craftsbury, Vermont, training on the trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and the roads nearby. I’m trying to work on a little more exploration farther afield, but the siren-song of literature and athletic focus and rest, and enjoying this microcosm of a community and natural surroundings is strong. As fall approaches my team attends training camps where we can check our fitness against other athletes and dial in our preparation for the winter. And then winter, we travel all over, and are very lucky to do so – usually starting the domestic racing season in the Western US, chasing US Nationals around the country depending on the year, and earning the opportunity to represent the US while racing in Europe. In 2016 I started my season racing in Period I of the cross-country World Cup. In the 2017-18 season, I won all four US Titles at cross-country skiing Nationals in Anchorage, AK, bringing my lifetime total to 6 National titles. In January 2018, I was nominated to Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea!
Follow me on my Facebook athlete page at: https://facebook.com/caitlinpattersonskier
A few more objective details:
Team: Craftsbury Green Racing Project, website here
Coach: Pepa Miloucheva
Previous coach and club: Jan Buron with the Alaska Winter Stars, and Patrick Weaver while at UVM
College: 2012 graduate of the University of Vermont (UVM)
High School: 2008 graduate of South Anchorage High School in Alaska
Birthplace: McCall, ID
Sibling: Scott, adventure-loving-difficult-to-keep-up-with-but-very-patient-mechanical-engineering-competitive-skier (blog here)
Favorite season: winter
Favorite attire: scarves
Favorite animal: cats, and owls. very much inclusive of big cats, and tiny owls.
Ok this is kind of random, but for a while (possibly including the current time), the title of this blog was(is) “Cat Eyes and Owl Ears.” Cats and owls are among the animals that I most admire, and I think they both are quirky, misunderstood, aloof, patient, and yes, sometimes self-serving. Survival in the wild depends on a certain selfishness, and on watchfulness, and aggressiveness. So it is hoping to channel a few of these qualities in my observations of the world, and to observe the world but play a part in it too, that I title the blog Cat Eyes and Owl Eyes. Oh and because I have a close relationship with my eyes, having been a life-long wearer of glasses or contacts, and very aware of how lucky I am of the advances of modern medicine and lens technology. (Speaking of lenses, Julbo photochromatic lenses are sweet!) And because I’m just silly like that…