I’ve been completely overwhelmed the last couple days with everything I had scheduled and had to do; I felt like I didn’t have time to breath. The U.S. Ski Team Park City Camp is always very stressful for me. It feels like I still have to do everything I’ve been doing all summer, but then I also have so many new camp obligations. All of the sudden I have to drive to train as opposed to training out the door. I have to work around the team schedule. We have team dinners and team meetings. We have physical testing and appointments with the nutritionist. We have to fill out visa applications and deal with multiple group emails a day. It all adds up extremely fast. I certainly bring a lot of it on myself because I’m still trying to fit in a social life outside of the team that makes me happy. I am feeling a sense of dwindling time and opportunities to spend with my friends as I get ready to depart for Europe for 4+ months.
On top of all that, my teammates train differently than I do. I really like having a structure to my training: three days on followed by a recovery day. That structure makes the training seem manageable. I can always get through three hard days, and I always have a lighter day to look forward to. The camp plan doesn’t fit into that structure at all. Instead of a cycle, every camp day is pretty much the same, moderately hard without much variance in training load.
Yesterday I reached a bit of a breaking point. I felt like the quality of my training, and more importantly of my recovery, was suffering from my time management issues and the lack of structure to the training. So, my primary coach John Callahan and I reworked the plan. We decided I needed to take a couple of days away from the camp to “reset” and catch up on recovery and other obligations. We also forced some structure into the remaining camp plan by upping the load on most days then significantly decreasing the load on some recovery days.
I explained this to my teammates last night, and I’m very grateful that they understood my need to step away from the camp for a couple of days.
This camp is a great opportunity for me to train with my teammates; I know that I need to train with other fast athletes more often. I also enjoy training with my teammates. In addition, I understand the necessity of all of the things we’re asked to do during this camp. I’m just trying to find balance to make sure my quality remains high. I’ve put in too much good work this summer to lose the edge now.