Training Specifics

I don’t have any new pictures since my post on Monday. My training is and will continue to be simple and repetitive this summer, so I don’t have and won’t have cool pictures from adventures. Almost all of my training is done either in the house (for strength or SkiErging) or beginning from the door, so I’m only roller skiing, running and biking on the roads and trails in the immediate Park City area. Luckily, there are tons of single track trails all around the town and numerous (at least 100 miles) of roller ski loops that can be combined in different ways. Keeping my training simple and eliminating any time spent commuting has allowed me to increase the amount of time spent recovering between sessions and in the evening before bed. I believe this simple schedule will allow me to handle the increased training load that I described in Monday’s post.

In my planning this spring, I outlined my “perfect training day”. Of course, I am not a robot and I rarely have a day that even resembles this schedule, but this gives me an outline to strive towards.

  • 6am Alarm
  • 6:20am Light Breakfast
  • 6:45am Mobility then Strength
  • 8am Full Breakfast
  • 8:30am Morning Workout
  • 11:30am Cool Down Stretches
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Nap
  • 3:30pm Afternoon Meal
  • 4:30pm Afternoon Workout
  • 6:30pm Cool Down Stretches
  • 7:30pm Dinner
  • 9pm Electronics Off
  • 9:30pm Night Snack then Bed
  • 10pm Sleeping

I mentioned in my post on Monday that many of the additional hours that I will train this year will come from elimination “junk” days. Here’s a look at all of my low training days over the 2015-16 training year:

  • 2015-16 (April 1-March 31)
    • Total Hours
      • 678
    • Missed, Compromised or Scheduled as Low Training Days
      • Off days in April: 25
      • Scheduled Off days for training (Summer and Winter): 15
      • Off Days or shortened Days due to “vacations” (Maggie’s wedding, fall desert trip, Quebec City and Davos “Break”): 11
      • Off Days or Compromised Training Days due to Travel: 36
      • Off days due to illness, injury or medical procedure: 1
      • Shortened training days due to technique work: 19
      • Days Limited to about an hour a day of training for posture project: 30
    • Total Days limited or off for all above reasons: 137 (37% of all days in the year)

So far the increased training load has gone well. I did not take a big break in April. Since April 1st I have trained 220 hours. My coaches and I have set the maximum number of hours for any two week block at 53, and I will be doing 53 hour two week blocks consecutively throughout the summer. Here is how the 53 hour blocks breakdown in terms of total number of training hours in each day. Again, I am not a robot and very few blocks will match this exactly, but this is the model we’re following:

  • Day 1: 5
  • Day 2: 5
  • Day 3: 5
  • Day 4: 2
  • Day 5: 5
  • Day 6: 5
  • Day 7: 5
  • Day 8: 2
  • Day 9: 5
  • Day 10: 5
  • Day 11: 5
  • Day 12: 2
  • Day 13: 0
  • Day 14: 2

I’ll try to have more interesting stories and a few pictures next time I post. My apologies for the very dry post.

Spring

It’s been a long time since I last posted. This post is clearly not going to be an all-encompassing review of everything I’ve done over the last two and a half months. My goal is simply to give a broad update of my training and to upload the best of the pictures that I’ve taken, so I can get back on a semi-regular blogging schedule.

After the conclusion of the World Cup season, my teammates and I headed to Craftsbury, Vermont for the US Super Tour Finals, the final event of the domestic racing calendar. After a long winter in Europe, it is often hard to motivate for one more week of racing at home, but it is a great opportunity to race against the domestic field and to see so many friends that we haven’t seen all winter long.

For me Craftsbury was a mixed bag. I paced the 15 kilometer skate race at the beginning of the series too aggressively. I started to fade on the last lap but held on for a narrow win thanks to Northern Michigan University’s Adam Martin, who started 30 seconds ahead of me and whom I had caught earlier in the race. When I started to slow on the last lap, Adam took the lead and showed me the pace I needed to ski. The second race of the series, a classic sprint, was my first opportunity since the Gallivare FIS races in November to ski in sprint heats. It was fun and a learning opportunity, but I didn’t make it through my quarterfinal, finishing fourth in my heat. The third race in Craftsbury was the National Championship Club Mixed-gender Relay. Since Ski and Snowboard Club Vail didn’t have any women in Craftsbury, Tad Elliott and I teamed up with two women from the Craftsbury club for an “illegitimate” team. Because we weren’t eligible for prize money or results, I took the opportunity to try double poling the 5 kilometer course on skate skis. I had never previously double poled a distance race. Because the course was fairly flat, I wasn’t even sure it would be slower than classic skiing but in retrospect it was. However, I learned a lot about double poling distance races. It was hard at the beginning but your arms recover faster than your legs or cardiovascular system, and I felt like I was fully recovering on the downhills more than I would have if I’d been classic skiing. I fell way behind on the first lap, but came back through some skiers on the second lap. The final race of the series was the important one, the 50 kilometer national championship race. We started in the afternoon in some of the slowest conditions I’ve ever raced in. The eventual winning time was an astronomical 2 hours and 44 minutes. The race was 15 laps of a 3+ kilometer loop. I felt very good for the first 10 laps. I had skied away from the field without putting in a deliberate attack. However, I didn’t feed well enough to match my aggressive skiing, and at the end of the race I suffered the worst sugar bonk of my career. In the final four laps I lost upwards of eight minutes on eventual winner Erik Bjornsen. I was seeing blurry and shaking. It was an awful feeling, and again, I learned a lot.

From Craftsbury I headed to Colorado to get the hardware removed from my left ankle. A plate, several screws and an artificial ligament had been in there since December 2014 after I broke my fibula in Kuusamo, Finland. Dr. Thomas Clanton of The Steadman Clinic, who did the original surgery and helped me get back for the 2015 World Championships, removed the hardware in a short and easy surgery. Physical therapist Ana Robinson helped me through the short recovery. I was weight-bearing after only a couple of days and out of the boot after only a week and a half. In two weeks I could do all activity except running, which I could do after six weeks. Once again, I am indebted to Dr. Clanton and Ana as well as my mom and the Ryerson family in Vail for helping me through another successful surgery and recovery.

While in Colorado I was able to spend some quality time with my grandmother. My grandfather passed away in March, and it was hard to be at their house without him. However, it was so nice to spend time with my grandmother and to see the incredible support that she is receiving from everybody in her life.

After completing the necessary physical therapy I headed to Aspen to meet with my coaches Zach Caldwell, who flew in from Vermont, and John Callahan, who lives in Aspen. As we do each year, we reviewed the last twelve months, discussing what went right and what went wrong in my skiing and my life, and made a plan for the future. In discussing the last twelve months, we talked about the posture project that I did last spring, which was a partial success, and all of the technique work that Zach and I did over the last twelve months, which was almost a complete failure. We talked about my results from the winter, which were more consistent than ever before with eight top-25 results on the World Cup, but which were very disappointing because there were no standout performances, and most of all, we talked about the fact that my training load over the last year had dropped significantly (to only 678 training hours) because we had pursued so many goals like the posture project and travel to snow that had required lowering the training load.

Looking ahead, we made some plans that are very different from what I’ve done in the past. My goal going into the meetings was to make a plan that was different enough from what I’ve done in the past that I could expect different results because I’m not interested in continuing to ski if 20th place on the World Cup continues to be a great day. Over the last five years I have prioritized improving my weaknesses (technique, strength and power) over improving my strengths (my aerobic capacity). This year, John and Zach and I decided to let me train the way I’ve always wanted to train, which is to say hard and a lot, without worrying much about my weaknesses and deficiencies as an athlete. This training season we are going to do very little technique work and travel. I will not be taking trips to Vermont for “technique blocks” and I will not be seeking out on-snow opportunities in addition to two U.S. Ski Team camps. I will not be travelling to train with other athletes, and I will not be doing many fun weekend trips. Instead, I’m going to take all of those extra days and train significantly more. My goal is to train around 1000 hours this year. The idea is that if I can become one of the fittest athletes on the world cup, which I believe I can, then I can win on the right day, even if I can’t win when the race is more about speed or finesse than fitness. With this plan we are still being mindful of the need to monitor training and energy levels. I’m training in new 2-week blocks, each of which will be broken down into three 3-day blocks, each separated by a single recovery day, followed by three days of recovery at the end of the two weeks.  I am continuing to collect heart rate data every night to monitor heart rate variability scores. My big days are not getting any bigger than they have been in the past, there are just more of them and fewer junk days. In addition to this new volume plan, my coaches and I, along with U.S. Ski Team strength coach Tschana Schiller, have developed a new strength program for the year. We have developed a series of 30 minute strength programs that I am doing four to five times a week first thing in the morning, separate from two aerobic sessions on those days. The strength sessions are short but very intensive. They are focused around challenging body weight core and upper body exercises. After having purchased some equipment, I can do these sessions at home and do not need to go to the gym at all this summer. I am very excited about the entire plan that my coaches and I developed in Aspen.

After meeting in Aspen, Zach and I swung by Montrose, Colorado to see my parents new house then picked up Zach’s wife and son in Grand Junction before heading to Moab, Utah for a week of riding mountain bikes. I’ve been riding bikes in Moab since I was ten years old, but I hadn’t been in a long time. In the five days we were there we hit many of the great trails, and I had so much fun relearning the incredible network.

From Moab I headed back to Park City to really begin the training season. I did three big weeks of training before taking off for my only true vacation of the year, a five day trip to Holbox Island, Mexico. The vacation was everything I dreamed it would be. Holbox is primarily a nature reserve and I had a ton of fun exploring it.

After returning from Mexico I headed to Bend, Oregon for the first U.S. Ski Team camp of the year. My teammates and I came into the camp ready to work as a team to get better, and we did a better job of pushing each other and training together than we had ever done before. The skiing at Mt. Bachelor was really good, and overall it was the best U.S. Ski Team camp of my career.

I am now back in Park City getting into the meat of the training season.

Here are some pictures from the last three months:

From Craftsbury:

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Ski Tour Canada

It’s been a long season. I’ve begun the process of reviewing it and planning for the future, but it’s a bit overwhelming. I will do a separate post later this week to wrap up the Fantasy League.

I am currently in the Boston, Massachusetts area with the Mark Doughty family. Mark is the president of Thoughtforms Builders, my title sponsor. This week I will be joining the Boston area elite club, the Cambridge Sports Union, for training (on roller skis unfortunately), I will be visiting a couple local area schools with my teammate Jessie Diggins, I will be having dinners with different skiers and supporters and I will be hosting a big practice on Saturday morning with the local youth ski program, The Eastern Mass Bill Koch Ski Club. I’m excited to be back in the Boston area and to reconnect with this amazing ski community, one of the biggest and strongest in the country.

Next week are the final races of the season, the USSA SuperTour Finals and Distance National Championships in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. My energy is still very good, and I’m looking forward to more races, especially in a lower-key setting than the World Cup.

After the race season finishes I will have one short (as in a couple hour) opportunity to see my girlfriend Emilia. After making the decision to take the year off of competing in slopestyle skiing, Emilia is in the midst of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester. I’m planning to see her briefly in eastern Utah as she transitions from the canyon section to the river section. From Utah I will head to Vail, Colorado where I will have an operation to remove the hardware from my ankle. The recovery from the surgery should not be more than a couple of weeks. Lastly, on April 11th I will sit down with my two coaches, John Callahan from Aspen, Colorado and Zach Caldwell of Putney, Vermont and Caldwell Sport, to plan the next year.

In the planning process we will outline some big changes in the method I use to prepare for the season. I want to do things differently enough next year that I can expect different (hopefully better) results. We have been discussing ideas about what I can do to take more risks in my training with the hopes of bigger rewards. The method we have used for the last ten years has left me plateaued below the highest level.

Ski Tour Canada, which ended on Sunday, was a continuation of a season that was more consistent than I’ve ever had previously but which lacked any clear standout, confidence-inspiring performances. The schedule of the first five stages of the Tour was tough for me because it included three sprints and two distance races, one of which (stage 2) was seeded off the results from the first sprint and was not fair to the athletes that started in the back. (I was standing still in multiple places on the first lap of the narrow course, waiting for guys in front of me to move before I could start skiing.) My biggest disappointment of the Tour was stage 6, a 30 kilometer mass start skiathlon on hard trails in Canmore, Alberta. It was one of the races I’d been looking forward to all season, but I dropped off the large lead group on the third lap (of eight) and finished in a very disappointing 35th place. The final two races were better for me. I made it back into the World Cup points with a 23rd place finish in stage 7’s 15 kilometer skate race and skied to the 19th fastest time on the day in the final pursuit race.

Aside from my results, Ski Tour Canada was an amazing experience and incredible tour. Almost all of the top skiers in the world came to race and the organizers put together some really special venues in downtown Gatineau, overlooking the capital Ottawa, in downtown Montreal, winding through a hilly park, in downtown Quebec City, looping in front of the parliament building, and on the world class Olympic trails in Canmore. The atmosphere at the races was electric, and it felt to me and my teammates that at least half the crowds were American. Thank you to everyone who came to support us!

The highlight of Ski Tour Canada for Team USA was the continued consistency and truly world class skiing of Jessie Diggins. Jessie logged two podium results during the Tour (including her time on the final day, which counted for World Cup Points) and finished the Tour in 5th place. Jessie continues to prove that she belongs at the very top of the sport and will be a favorite to win more World Championship medals next year, Olympic medals the year after that, and crystal globes throughout her career. I’m excited for her and for what she is doing for U.S. skiing.

I want to thank so many people that came to Canada to support me. Mark, Pilar, Nathan and Anneka Doughty drove up to Montreal from Boston, Chris and Mary Osgood came to Quebec City from Putney, my parents came from their new home in Montrose, my sister came from Sun Valley, Greg, Toni and Lindsey Adams came from Park City and Luke Adams and his girlfriend Amanda Mercer made it from Walla Walla just in time for the last race, Hans Fischer hitched a ride up with the Adams from Jackson while Scott Lacy flew from Jackson with two of my best friends Laura Hatanaka and Barton Tofany, who both came from the front range of Colorado. I feel so incredibly lucky and honored that so many people made the trip. Thank you all!

I was sent a lot of pictures of me racing in Canada. Bernie Gardner, the head cross country skiing and running coach at the very successful Honeoye Falls-Lima High School outside of Rochester, New York drove all the way to Quebec to watch us and sent me these pictures:

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U.S. Ski Team Music Video 2016

Today we (the U.S. Nordic Ski Team) released our third music video. This one is focused on today’s start of Ski Tour Canada. I hope you enjoy it!

These videos are a LOT of work. This year, as in the past, the work was done by Jessie Diggins, who spearheaded the project, motivated all of us and choreographed the dance, and by Simi Hamilton, who collected all the footage and did the editing, a monumental task. We owe them both a huge thank you! The video has me fired up!

If you need more incentive to be a part of Team USA at Ski Tour Canada, read this piece I wrote for the National Nordic Foundation about the opportunity we have at these races.

More info about Ski Tour Canada is on the event website. Here’s the schedule:

  • Mar. 1st, 2016, 1:45 p.m. (EST), Gatineau, Quebec Freestyle Sprint
  • Mar. 2nd, 2016, 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m. (EST), Montreal, Quebec 13/20km Classic Mass Start
  • Mar. 4th, 2016, 3:30 p.m. (EST), Quebec City, Quebec Freestyle Sprint
  • Mar. 5th, 2016, 3:00 p.m./4:00 p.m. (EST), Quebec City, Quebec 10/15km Freestyle Pursuit
  • Mar. 8th, 2016, 3:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta Classic Sprint
  • Mar. 9th, 2016, 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 15/30km Skiathlon
  • Mar. 11th, 2016, 12:45 p.m./3:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 10/15km Freestyle Individual Start
  • Mar. 12th, 2016, 4:00 p.m./5:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 10/15km Classic Pursuit

And if you need a little more entertainment, here is the 2015 U.S. Ski Team Music Video:

And here’s the 2013 U.S. Ski Team Music Video:

Ski Tour Canada

The final World Cup event of the year, Ski Tour Canada, begins tomorrow! It is also the final fantasy event of the year. Don’t forget to select your Ski Tour Canada team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country before today’s team selection deadline! Team selection will close tonight (Monday) at 8 p.m. EST. Ski Tour Canada is a standalone competition so the overall standings have no bearing on the competition. The winner of the Ski Tour Canada fantasy competition will receive a Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor (pictured below) and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Ski Tour Canada team here.

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I wrote a piece for the National Nordic Foundation about the importance of the large size of Team USA at Ski Tour Canada. Check it out here. And come join our team by cheering us on at one of the races! I’ve copied the schedule at the end of this post and information about the tour is on the event website here.

I spent the last week in Putney, Vermont with my Ski and Snowboard Club Vail teammate Tad Elliott. There was not much snow to speak of.

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Lahti 2016

Congratulations to xc-racer2’s Team from Canada for winning the Lahti weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! xc-racer2’s Team scored 1,642 points over the weekend, just 8 points more than tapani55’s Team, from Finland, in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, xc-racer2’s Team will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

With only one event to go, Frans’s Team from Finland has a commanding lead in the overall standings. This week the lead grew from 176 points to 204 points. Even with quadruple points being awarded for the overall standings of Ski Tour Canada, plus half points for each of the eight stages, it is hard to envision anyone overtaking Frans’s Team. However, the competition for second place could not be tighter. Audub’s Æbbærskaller from Norway and IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs from Sweden are separated by only two points, 21,446 to 21,444 respectively! Only 79 points separate second place from fifth place. The overall podium spots (and prizes) are up for grabs in Ski Tour Canada. (Overall fantasy standings are here). Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is now open before Ski Tour Canada. Team selection will close for the final time on Monday, February 29th at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Ski Tour Canada here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season (or if you are way behind in the overall competition), you can still play for the Ski Tour Canada prize! The prize for Ski Tour Canada is a Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I made it back to the U.S.! It feels really good to be “home”. I’m at my coach Zach Caldwell’s house, aka Caldwell Sport, in Putney, Vermont. I’ll be here for the week before heading to Gatineau for the beginning of the Canadian Tour. I am joined here in Putney by my Ski and Snowboard Club Vail teammate Tad Elliott, who also qualified for the Ski Tour Canada team.

Our last weekend in Europe, in Lahti, Finland, was highlighted by another incredible performance by Jessie Diggins, this time in a skate sprint race. Jessie finished 2nd, her third individual podium result since the beginning of the calendar year and her sixth top-5 finish in that same period. Jessie is truly one of the best all-around skiers in the world right now, and she’s the first U.S. woman ever to be so competitive in distance skiing as well as sprinting. It is really fun to watch and to be a part of as a team. Here are some shots of the women coming down the finishing straight in the sprint final. (Jessie is in white.)

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Lahti/Vierumäki

Don’t forget to select your Lahti team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country before today’s team selection deadline! Team selection will close tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. EST. The start lists for tomorrow’s freestyle sprints are now posted. Make sure any sprint specialists that you have on your team are starting tomorrow! The men’s start list is here. The women’s start list is here. Each World Cup weekend is a standalone competition so the overall fantasy standings have no bearing on the Lahti competition. The winner of the Lahti weekend will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Lahti team here.


I’ve had a very chill week here in Finland. We are staying at the resort of Vierumäki, 20 kilometers from Lahti. The Lahti Ski Games, which consists of the Cross Country World Cup, the Nordic Combined World Cup and the Ski Jumping World Cup, is too big for the lodging infrastructure in Lahti, so some teams overflow to Vierumäki. We have stayed here once or twice in the past.

Next year Lahti is hosting the World Championships, so this year the Lahti Ski Games are the test event. During the World Championships, all teams will stay in the “athlete village” in Vierumäki, so almost all teams are staying here this year as well, testing it out.

Staying in Lahti has its perks, but being out in Vierumäki is really nice too. I’m not sure which I prefer. It can be troublesome to have to drive 30 minutes to the venue, especially for the coaches and techs, but Vierumäki is much quieter than Lahti and they just added new very nice apartment style lodging, which we are lucky enough to be staying in. Lastly, there are ski trails right out the door here in Vierumäki, which are flat and rolling and really nice for training. It is a wonderful break to stay away from the venue for several days at a time, just skiing out the front door. My only fear about staying here in Vierumäki next year is the possibility of there not being enough natural snow to ski here. It will be a challenging two and a half weeks if we have to drive thirty minutes every time we want to ski, even for a very short session.

My training plan for the last several days and up until Ski Tour Canada is essentially a carbon copy of my Olympic peaking plan in 2014. In other words, I’m hardly training at all.

Here are (from left to right) Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins during our travel from Falun to Lahti on Tuesday:

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Falun 2016

Congratulations to Polosatik’s Team from Norway for winning the Stockholm/Falun weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! Polosatik’s Team scored 1,873 points over the weekend, 22 points more than Pepperoni’s Team, also from Norway, in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, Polosatik’s Team will receive a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Frans’s Team’s lead in the overall standings continues to grow, in a big way this week. Aided by a strong 24th place finish on the weekend, the lead jumped from 23 points to 176 points. With one more World Cup weekend here in Europe followed by the potentially lucrative Ski Tour Canada, those points are a nice buffer. (Overall fantasy standings are here). Last week’s second and third place teams on the overall, IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs and Audub’s Æbbærskaller respectively, held their positions, though the gap between them shrunk to just eight points. Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is now open before the Lahti World Cup. Team selection will close on Friday, February 19th at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Lahti here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season (or if you are way behind in the overall competition), you can still create an account and play for individual weekend prizes! The prize for the Lahti weekend is a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I try to make these biweekly blogs about more than just Fantasy Results, but honestly the Fantasy Results are my motivation for posting anything. It’s late here in Europe and I’m ready for bed. This is going to be brief.

I hardly have any pictures from this weekend and it was a very disappointing weekend for me; I don’t really care to describe it in detail. Here’s the summary: on Saturday I struggled in conditions and on a course profile that have caused problems for me in the past. The gradual terrain and soft snow require an effective double pole and finesse, two things that I lack. I have tried, with very limited success, to improve my weaknesses. I will continue to work on them as I move forward, but I probably will never win races like Saturday’s. Yesterday, in a short chaotic skate mass start, I had a great start, moving from my 42nd starting position up into the top-20 in the first kilometer, without expending too much energy. The pace was hot, but I was on the right side of the coming break and I had a chance to hold onto the lead group all the way to the finish. At the end of the first of three laps, in a lapse of concentration, I slipped around a fast downhill corner on a patch of ice that I’d noted during my warm-up and course inspection. The crash was costly because I lost a lot of momentum across the flat of the stadium. I went from around top-20 to 52nd place. After that I was not strong enough to ski back into a competitive position.

I’m moving on to next week.

The setup here in Falun is sweet. We’re able to walk to the venue from our hotel. Here’s the view of the venue from our window:

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Training in Falun

The Stockholm/Falun World Cup “Weekend” begins tomorrow and Team Selection for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country closes at 8 p.m. EST tonight (Wednesday)! Don’t forget to finalize your team before Team Selection closes. The fantasy weekend includes tomorrow’s classic sprint in Stockholm, Saturday’s 5/10 kilometer individual start classic races and Sunday’s 10/15 kilometer mass start skate races, both here in Falun. Make sure you select all-around skiers, or a mix of sprint and distance athletes, for your weekend’s team. Each World Cup weekend is a standalone competition so the overall fantasy standings have no bearing on the Stockholm/Falun competition. The winner of the Stockholm/Falun weekend will receive a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses (pictured below) and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

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Select your Stockholm/Falun fantasy team here.


The sprinters and staff are all in Stockholm for tomorrow’s race, but I’m in Falun with Scott Patterson, Rosie Brennan and Liz Stephen. Before the staff left we went bowling in the basement of our hotel. The staff played on one lane and the athletes in the other. We took the average score of the whole lane for each game to compete staff-versus-athletes. The staff won both games. Here’s Caitlin Patterson:

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