5.23.13 I'm Back
I’m back! After a short break to rest and recover from last season’s racing, training and fun times on skis has started up again, and so has the MYSL blog.
I’ll be writing every month during the summer, and a couple times a month during the race season.
If you’ve never read my blog before, here’s what you’ll find in every post: I’ll tell a short story about what’s been going on – a race story, crazy travel story, or tell you about what we’re doing for training. I have a section about skiers and kids from different places around the world, so you can read about what skiers are doing in Norway, Canada, Russia, and more. I’ll tell you some cool things about whatever place I’m in when I write the post, and I’ll end with a training tip or challenge for you to work on. I promise to write them as long as you promise to try them!
Right now I’m in Bend, Oregon, at the US Ski Team’s first training camp of the year. It’s a cool setup because we stay down in town where it’s usually pretty warm and often sunny, and every morning we drive up the mountain to ski at Mt. Bachelor. As we drive up, it gets colder and the side of the road turns from green grass to snow banks. We even had a snowstorm going this morning!
I love the US camps for a variety of reasons, but maybe the most important is how it feels like my second family. Since I’m on the road for so long and barely ever in Minnesota anymore, it’s important to be traveling with people I like who I can have fun with and hang out with. Luckily for me, I really like all my teammates and coaches, and I know that every camp we’ll have fun times. For example, every year in Bend we have a baseball game against the Canadians, who are training here at the same time. We go out to a movie, cook team dinners, and go to outdoor concerts. We also meet and talk about goals for the upcoming year; what results we want to get, how we want to act as a team, and what we’re going to work on every day and every week to meet our goals.
Skiers from Around the World:
This spring, I was in Truckee/Tahoe Donner, California for Spring Series, the last big races of the season. Before the races started, I got to meet a lot of the kids from the ski club, which was really fun. All the skiers were really excited about improving their skiing technique and having fun outdoors with their friends. It reminded me a lot of the MYSL program, although these kids were a little older.
Bend is another really active town, and while we’re here we’ll do a Fast and Female event and get to meet another group of girls. It seems like most of the people here in Bend are really into enjoying the outdoors, and there are a lot of great trails for running and biking, and a fun river to paddle down.
Cool things about:
My hometown! I spent about a month at home before leaving for Bend, so I got some quality time in. I love how Afton is a really small town, with many of the houses spaced out so far that you can’t see your neighbors through the trees. There are much more hills in Afton than anywhere else I’ve been in Minnesota, so the roller skiing is really great and you’ll see lots of people out biking, roller skiing or running every weekend. When I was training during the summer with the Stillwater Area High School’s program, we’d end most of the our workouts by the river so we could jump in right afterwards. It felt so good!
Sometimes, doing the same thing over and over again can get really boring. And this spring, with all the crazy weather and snow falling then melting, it can be hard to want to go outside and have fun being active because by now you might be tired of snow, or too cold to want to run around in the mud! So the challenge for this month will be to find and try out a new activity, one that you’re excited about.
Maybe you’ve never tried indoor rock climbing, or maybe you’ve never taken a dance lesson and want to sign up for a kids Zumba class at the YMCA. Maybe you live near a gymnastics area that has open hours so you can try jumping into the foam pit (my favorite activity!). Never tried baseball? Grab a few friends, a bat and ball and head outside. Set up an obstacle course around the house. Treetop ropes course? Do it! Whatever it is you want to try out, find something new and ask your parents to help you find something fun.
Till next time,