It’s November 17th, and I’ve already raced two times!
This must be the earliest I’ve ever started my cross-country ski racing season, at least the earliest real-FIS-race with close to 100 competitors per gender, not counting time trials and low-key openers of past years. I have no regrets, I’m not wishing for a return to summer at all, I’m ready to get this season rolling and so very excited to be racing. Continue reading “Race time!”
If you think of locations as paintings, the artist uses a slightly different color palette in each one. This is of course part of what makes places recognizable, some more than others – the combination of the color palette, mountainous or flat terrain, building styles or other context clues from the human environment. Waking up slightly disoriented the first day of this camp, I could look out the window and see the tan-brown grasslands, bright golden aspen leaves and greyish higher mountains that marked my location as in the West, particularly Utah. Definitely not in Vermont anymore. Continue reading “Five favorites from 2 weeks West”
Winter is right around the corner! It’s an exciting realization, to know that I will soon be completing the majority of my training hours on snow, and racing most weekends. But it also means that the long off-season is nearly over, the time for preparation is coming to a close. There is still around a month left, October and part of November, so I’ll be looking forward to the first snowflakes of the year, but also focusing on dialing in the details with quality fall training. As I look forward, I thought I’d also take a moment to look back on the summer and early fall, and which was particularly highlighted by my experiences on two glaciers that I visited this year. Continue reading “Summer’s passing, and two sunny glacier trips”
Check out what I wrote about Slovenia over on my team’s blog: http://greenracingproject.com/blog/?p=8001
Glacier pictures from Austria, and fall foliage in Vermont, coming up soon… Continue reading “Slovenia, above- and below-ground”
Are competitive, professional athletes healthy? You may think unequivocally yes, of course, an athlete must be at peak health in order to perform his or her best at sport. Probably most successful athletes would be considered healthy as defined by “the absence of illness or injury,” at least most of the time and during their competitions. But what about if we consider a broader definition of optimal health, as in the fitness, activity level, nutrition, mental state, etc to best maintain a happy and long life? The World Health Organization website declares that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” By this definition not all athletes may be necessarily healthy, at least not in a well-rounded and balanced way, because by their very nature, competitive sports encourage extremes. Continue reading “Fine lines”
Since last Tuesday, July 5th, I’ve been in Anchorage, Alaska. This city is where I attended high school, and where I returned during the summers between my college years. So it’s familiar, though different without my parents in AK anymore (they’ve relocated to Montana), and great to visit the places and people I know up here. But really, I’m in Alaska primarily to join the US Ski Team training camp – we’ve had a week of dry-land training in town, and tomorrow morning we’re flying up to the Eagle glacier for a week of on-snow training. Continue reading “AK summer days, and training with the USST camp”
Photos from Oslo and especially the Holmenkollen!
I arrived in Oslo on Wednesday morning, making it to the hotel in Fornebu by late morning. It wasn’t until evening that I saw any of the other US athletes, Continue reading “Oslo!”