Last night I got nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Chris McCullough, the head of U.S. marketing at my ski company Madshus. Of course I have seen videos all over social media for weeks of people completing the challenge, but I haven’t been involved and didn’t know much about it. I also didn’t know anything about ALS, so I spent a little time yesterday evening doing some research. I soon realized I knew ALS by it’s other name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Reading about the effects of the disease was disheartening. It is awful. I’m glad Chris nominated me so I was motivated to educate myself. I made a contribution to the ALS Association.
I am extremely impressed with the success of the ice bucket challenge as a marketing strategy. It is a brilliant awareness and fundraising campaign. I am happy to participate. My video is below. Thanks again for the nomination Chris!
I am three quarters of the way through my solo camp here at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. I have completed three out of four three-day training blocks. I have seven training sessions remaining, six in the three-day block beginning tomorrow morning and a bonus session on Monday morning before I start the long travel home. I’m counting down the sessions because I’m getting tired and I’m missing home. However, this has been a fantastic camp. I had another great session yesterday evening.
Yesterday afternoon I did a combination ski-strength session here at the Snow Farm Lodge in New Zealand. I don’t normally do combination sessions because I don’t like to change equipment in the middle a workout. However, it made sense to ski before strength yesterday because I needed the extra volume to reach my hours goal for this training block.
When I’ve come to the Snow Farm in past years I’ve been travelling with teammates and I’ve been supported by one or two coaches. We have always had a vehicle, and we’ve driven the thirty minutes to the town of Wanaka to do our strength workouts. We opted not to use the small gym here in the lodge because it is not very well equipped.
I cannot believe how lucky I’ve been this trip with the weather here at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. These are the best weather and snow conditions I’ve had in the five years I’ve been coming here.
Let me introduce myself. I am Noah’s host sister, Lindsey, and I too am a Nordic skier. For six years I have had the unique opportunity to get to know Noah and a lot of his friends and teammates. He came to live with us when he was 19 and I was in fifth grade. He’s now 25 and I’m starting my junior year of high school. It now seems normal to have Noah around. But this blog isn’t about him for once, it’s about my experiences as a junior skier on an incredible team, the Park City Nordic Ski Club.
I made it to the midway point of this camp. I have completed two three-day training blocks with a recovery day between them. Today is another recovery day to prepare for the two remaining training blocks. My coaches and I are planning a much higher training load this coming week than I had last week. In the eight days I have left here at the Snow Farm (two 3-day blocks, one recovery day and a bonus session on the morning I travel), I have over 33 hours of training planned. I’m looking forward to the hard work and the simple task of volume training (with one bonus intensity session).
The sun rise was gorgeous and cloud-free again this morning.
The conditions yesterday for my afternoon ski here at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand were laughably bad. It had been snowing and blowing like crazy all day. The stadium was covered in several inches of fresh snow and it was the least wind-blown of any of the trails
***Fair warning: I haven’t left the top floor of the Snow Farm Lodge today, I feel like I’m high on caffeine (I’m not), and this post may be over the top.***
I had an awesome ski yesterday afternoon here at the Snow Farm near Wanaka, New Zealand. After taking the morning off to get fully healthy, I had a ton of energy when I finally got out the door. The sun was out and the fresh snow made for some of the best conditions I’ve had for years. Skiing on the World Cup does not lend itself to skiing in perfect conditions. I’ve skied 161 days (I counted) in the last year, and I’m sure that, using just my fingers and toes, I could count the number of sunny days I’ve had on plentiful cold snow. Yesterday was one of those days.