The beginning of the season brings a whirlwind of travel and racing. I trained in Utah at the last US Ski Team camp and then headed home for a quick week before flying to northern Finland for some opening season FIS races. Soon after those races, the World Cup began bring racing in Ruka, Finland, Lillehammer, Norway, and Davos, Switzerland. Each weekend we raced and then travelled to the next venue and quickly started training to prepare for the next weekend's competition. I hit the ground running and was on go time jumping from hotel to hotel, race to race, and training session to training session. It's easy to get caught up in the momentum and whirlwind around you and just roll along with the current. But while the races started strong, I'm still looking for more and decided to mix it up from the routine to find that extra edge. I headed home to Vermont for the holidays .and couldn't be happier! There really is no place like home! I'm skiing my favorite trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, training with the Craftsbury GRP, visiting with friends and family, dancing to the Christmas spirit, and defining my inner focus to take the next step on the race trails.
Happy holidays to all!
|Classic racing up the Ruka hills to start the World Cup (Toko US/Nordic Focus photo)|
|Arriving in Lillehammer|
|Exploring the trails in Lillehammer and seeing the sun for the first time in a few weeks!|
|Skate racing in the Lillehammer Mini-Tour (Toko US/Nordic Focus)|
|While Davos lacked any natural snow, it made up for it with sunshine and mountain air!|
|Davos sprinting (Marcel Hilger photo)|
|An evening jog with the team in Davos|
|First day home was extra blue skiing... feeling very thankful for all the snow and well groomed trails!|
|Eyes forward and pain face smiling while I stride it out on Moss Run in the Craftsbury Eastern Cup 5km classic. (John Lazenby photo)|
|Christmas cookies on the couch in front of the woodstove are the perfect recovery after a 3 hour classic ski in single digit temperatures. Happy to be spending time with this guy!|
|Decorating the Christmas tree with Mom! Good to be home!|