I have updated the “Events” page of this website with my race schedule for the 2015-16 season. I am very excited about this year’s schedule because there are a lot of races (35) and most of them play to my strengths and are great opportunities for me. With no World Championships or Olympics, this year provides an opportunity to focus on consistency throughout the season. Any one of the 29 World Cup races are equally important and exciting.
After the conclusion of the U.S. Ski Team camp and Toppidrettsveka roller ski races in Norway last week, I flew down to central Europe to meet up with my coach Zach Caldwell and his wife Amy. The inter-Europe tickets were surprisingly expensive, so I ended up flying to Munich, Germany because it was the cheapest option. I then took the train down to Bolzano, Italy where Zach and Amy picked me up.
I am enamored with the European train system (and public transit system in general). It took over five hours to get to Bolzano, but I only had to switch trains once, at München Ost. Taking trains is definitely less fun with a ski bag than it would be if I were travelling light.
I wrote a blog for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) about the U.S. Ski Team camp and Toppidrettsveka Roller Ski Races in Norway. The NNF is having trouble with their servers so the blog hasn’t been posted yet, but I’ll share a link to it here when they do. I’m not going to re-post the pictures or text from that post, but here are some other pictures from the races and the time in Norway that didn’t make it into the NNF piece. (These pictures are in a random order. My apologies.)
Jessie Diggins (left) and Sophie Caldwell at the BMW Dealership in Trondheim. The dealership generously gave us cars for the two week camp.
The organizers for next weekend’s Toppidrettsveka race series have organized and paid for all of our lodging, food and transportation while we’re here in Norway. The financial help makes this trip possible for us.
Today, our planned recovery day, they organized a fishing adventure for us on a boat in the fjords. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We cannot say Thank You enough to the organizing committee and to this community for making this experience so special for us.
Here are pictures from today’s adventure:
I’m outside of Trondheim, Norway near the town of Aure with the U.S. Ski Team for a two week training camp. The camp will culminate next weekend with the four day Toppidrettsveka race series. This is my first time to northern Norway. It is spectacularly gorgeous and the training is awesome.
Since travelling back to the U.S. from New Zealand, I’ve had four days at home in Park City and four days in Putney, Vermont working on technique with my coach Zach Caldwell. My sister came to visit me in both places. My mom also joined us in Vermont. It has been a whirlwind but extremely fun eight days. In Park City I rode mountain mikes with my sister (first picture), Greg Adams (second picture) and Emilia.
I had a great final week at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. I had one perfectly sunny day, some partly cloudy and windy days, and a little bit of fresh snow. The skiing was excellent every single day. I was primarily on hard wax for classic skiing, though I skied on klister covered a couple of times in the afternoon as the temperature warmed up. Especially when there is fresh snow, the Snow Farm is gorgeous.
We’ve had all sorts of weather up here at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. Several small storm systems have rolled through but the skiing conditions have consistently been excellent.
We’ve continued to have a great camp here at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. The conditions have been excellent. My teammates end their camp and head back to the U.S. tomorrow. I’m staying an extra week to continue to take advantage of the snow and mid-winter conditions.
On our second off day of the camp we made the trek to Queenstown. We had to chain up to get down from the Snow Farm and again to get over the Crown Range Road.
My sincere apologies again for the long delay in updating. I do intend on uploading a picture blog once or twice a week. With this new format where I’m relying more on the pictures and typing less, it will take me half as long as it used to take for me to post my daily blog. However, I haven’t gotten in the rhythm of posting often, and I’ve been prioritizing rest, recovery, stretching and posture work between sessions.
I had a great June living with Emilia, commuting around park city on my bike and spending a ton of time at the park and the swimming pool. I also worked back into a full training load. I’ve transitioned my posture project into the background, focusing on maintenance, and I’ve started building my fitness.
Emilia and I had a great weekend in the Tetons for my sister’s wedding.
We had perfect weather all weekend long. The sunset during the “rehersal dinner” was amazing: Continue reading