Sunday, October 19, 2014

Park City Camp!

I am currently on a plane to San Francisco for a night with my good friend and teammate Jessie Diggins to attend the annual Snow Ball that is held there every year as a fundraiser for the US Ski Team.  Unlike the other Ski Balls, this one is themed and this year's theme is retro ski getups.  So, Jessie and I have embraced the theme as best we can and with the help of friends put together these outfits to dress the part as best we can.

Jessie dressing and living the part!  She should have been an 80's baby!

Here we are!

The crew.

I had to get a picture with this lady in the cow suit as this was the suit I had when I was an alpine racer. I wish I could figure out how to import the photo I have of me in mine when I was racing, but no go, so you will have to just imagine it!

Jessie and I getting our dance on!

Meanwhile, the Park City training camp carries on without us for another day before we take the party north to Canmore, Alberta where the ground will be laden with snow saved from the 2014 ski season on a 2 or 3K loop, depending how much they were able to save.  It is a pretty cool loop that they are able to put together with a few hills, corners, a fast downhill and conditions that mimic a lot of what we have been seeing the past few winters.  Though I can't deny that the loop can get boring after a few too many loops, the beauty of Canmore, the feeling of snow beneath your skis again, and catching up with friends who we haven't seen in many months keeps it enjoyable.

Fast and Female was a huge success last week with an all-time record number of 181 girls!  Thanks to all the ambassadors for being inspiring leaders to our young women and all the support from the volunteers and community.  See you next year!

A huge thanks to our awesome volunteer PT, Zuzana Rodgers.  She travels for long periods during the season with us, donating her time, expertise and has never once said no to helping any of us out.  Thanks Zuzana! See you this winter!

Doing some training in the beautiful fall weather of Park City.  I think this will be my last day of shirtless training in a few months, so I took advantage!

I want to say a huge thank you to Mike Engel for hosting me all summer and being my Utah "Dad" and good friend.  Here is the team at a recent flank steak dinner that Mike grilled up for us last week.  Thanks for all of your support, Mike, from me and the US XC Team.  We love you!

My best friend Alex Shaffer is due to have a baby in early December and last week we had a baby shower for her at Sundance.  It was a beautiful day and a wonderful evening of girl time with some close friends.

It's been a great camp filled with the normal mix of hard sessions and long sessions, time trials and speed work, getting buff in the gym and spending time with the whole team for the first time since our Bend camp in May!  We have had almost every elite club team in the US here joining most of our sessions, which has been great to connect with everyone one last time before the long winter of travel begins.

Ok, until next time....

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fast and Female October 5th!

It has once again been two months since my last update, and again I have no excuses other than I just have not done it.  So, here is a mini update to get me back in the swing of weekly updates.  I have been busy organizing our annual Fast and Female Champ Camp at the USST Center for Excellence.  Last year we had a record number of girls at 130 and this year we hope to have 150.

Here is our poster and the link to the sign up!  Pass the word on!

Lake Placid Camp Pictures, all courtesy of Patrick O'Brian and USST Coaching staff.

Jessie and I getting our sprint on.

The training crew

Just another day on the roads.

I'm back in Park City now for the rest of the training year, except for when our team will jet up to take advantage of Frozen Thunder in Canmore at the end of October for 9 days.

My strength coach and good friend, T and I went on a hike last weekend with her baby girl Hazel Luna.  It was a beautiful day and her husband Matt was out chopping trees down for our lumberjack party tomorrow where we will all split and stack the wood, fueled by chili and cornbread!

T and Hazel

Fall training.

Matt and I went on an adventure loop run in the Uintas 2 days ago that took us by a bunch of lakes and up a mountain at the end.  All of it was between 9500 feet and 11950!  Super fun!  This is me at the top of Bald Mountain.

Here is the GPS map of the run.

Fall riding.  Not many more of these left this season, so taking them where I can.

The team training camp starts in a week and will span the month of October.  It is so nice to be back in Park City, though my time in the East was awesome.  Lake Placid camp is always one of my favorite camps and then to spend 5 days at home with my family afterwards is always a major highlight.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaska glacier camp to....NORWAY!

Oh, my life is so tough:)  I flew to off Eagle Glacier in Alaska last Saturday night and was in Oslo by Wednesday evening.  It is amazing to be back in my happy place again, Scandinavia in the summer, and the training the last 4 weeks has been with all my best friends!  I am so lucky.  I will be here in Oslo through tomorrow and then I fly to Sandnes, Norway where I will compete in some rollerski competitions called the Blink Festival.  I competed in these races 2 years ago with Kikkan after another Scandinavian adventure together and it was a blast, so now I am heading back to fire it up again this weekend.  It's great practice to move fast on rollerskis, around corners, mass starting with 30-60 other women, and especially good practice for me, as I am very tentative on my skis.  

Here are some pictures from this week in Norway and from last week on the glacier, but all you really need to know is that I am training hard with all of my best friends, seeing new places, pushing new limits when I can and having the time of my life.  I hope all that read this feel the same way about your own lives!  

Explore, Dream, Discover. -Mark Twain

Team sprint workout.  Whew.  That was a hard one.  Left to right is me, Sadie, and Celine.

Kikkan and I in our Bjorn Daehlie summer training gear.  Can you say pink?

The whole crew skiing together on the last day.  It is pouring rain in this picture and Sophie's lips are actually blue too.  We were all jealous of Kik's rain suit.

Glaicier Women't Crew for NAWTA camp 2014.

I jetted to Hope, Alaska with Holly early on Sunday morning to make it in time to jog the Wagon Wheel 5k, an annual race in Hope that is really fun.  Here is the crew that joined.  It was so fun to see Holly's cabin again, 1 year after I saw it last time.  Rob has been working really hard and it is almost livable inside.  In fact 4 of us slept in it that evening and got a great night of sleep!

Katie and I in our boa's on the start line.

It was hard not to be this pumped with the beauty that surrounded us for 3 hours.  It was really a special trip.

Katie and I.


Astrid driving us to the mainland for training.  I spent the first 4 days at Astrid's parents summer house on an island off the south coast of Norway in a place called Sogne, near Kristiansand.  We drove a boat to the mainland twice a day for training which was a fun start to the session each time, as the temperatures were hot and the sun shining every day so being on the water was key to staying cool.

The summer house.  It is a beautiful place.

Our first day training with a former skier named, Marthe.  Now she is in medical school and was visiting her parents at their summer house in Sogne.  Super fun to go on a long run all together, and extremely nice of them to basically only speak english the whole way. 

Astrid was our nightly grill master!

Astrid, her Mom, Britt, and Britt's twin sister Ann.  Both Britt and Ann played on Norway's National team in Handball back in the day and Ann actually is a Handball World Champion!  Really fun for me to meet other people's families and hear their stories of growing up.  Ann owns a fruit farm in Denmark, where the girls grew up.

Astrid's grandparents and her Father, Frede.  Dinner on the water in the sunset every night followed by a delicious dessert and coffee was a wonderful way to spend the evenings in this weather.

Sometimes it was followed by a swim and a few pull-ups on the diving board!

Astrid and her parent's dog, Ekko, silhouetted by the setting sun.  I really like this picture.

A boat owned by some local guys that comes by every Friday night of the summer holidays with a huge boom box and speaker playing music.  Really fun.

We went fishing for Mackerel one day, but I was the only one that caught any and the one that I caught I let jump off the line right before I got it into the boat!  We had to call Britt and tell her to take out some backup food from the freezer for dinner. 

Frede and Britt on a cruise out on the ocean with us.

This morning's run with Marthe Kristoffersen and Astrid.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Jessie split her knee open earlier this week and it took us to the ER for 6 stitches.  I was pumped, as nursing I believe is in my future.

Numbing needle...OUCH!

The 6 beautiful stitches and she was all fixed up!

Eric Packer made me some replicas of my feet and his to take to the Rossignol boot guys to be able to help them make us more precise boots for our feet.  It was such a cool process.

And they look creepily real with veins and everything.

Went on a sweet point to point run yesterday with a great crew of people.

So fun to have so many healthy friends to train with and do cool adventures with.

Erika Flowers, Holly and Matt on the way up.

The views were incredible and so was this little lie down.

Like I said....gorgeous.


The crew near the top before a long descent over rocks and boulders which took all my concentration, so I don't have too many pictures of it.

And bears outside our window!!  A mom and two cubs came to raid a neighbors trash and eat some salmon.  I was a bit jealous as I constantly crave salmon up here.  We also have seen a mama moose and her two babies outside our house and a brown bear on a run!!! It was at a safe distance so pretty awesome.  GOTTA GO TO THE GLACIER!!! TOOTLE LOO!