Some random notes today:

  • I am psyched to say that we are planning to launch Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country again for the 2016-17 season. My sponsors have come through with a prize pool that’s even bigger and better than last year. I hope you’ll participate and create your own league to play against your friends or team or club! Our goal launch date is November 1st.
  • I did a fun interview for, titled 17 questions for 2017. You can find it here. In it I listed all of the amazing concerts I’ve been to and am planning to go to this year. Last night I got to go to another one, Mandolin Orange, at The State Room in Salt Lake City. They were amazing. I love live music. I’ve taken a different “date” to each of the concerts I’ve gone to this summer. Last night I went with my friend Jess Breda.
  • This morning I did bounding intensity in Salt Lake (to be at lower altitude) with the Canadian National Team. The workout was 6x5min. The first four intervals were in level 3, and then we ramped up the pace at the end of the last two intervals. I followed Alex Harvey for the entire session. It was a really high quality workout.
  • I am working with La Sportiva athlete Andrew Fast to produce some videos of the strength program I’m doing this year. Look for them in the next couple weeks.


I started working with a Psychotherapist, Marisa, in July. Marisa does both sports and general counseling. We have touched on my skiing career but the vast majority of our sessions have had a much broader focus. My goal for my work with Marisa is to be accountable for my own happiness. I’m working to be less dependent on other people for my psychological well-being and my self-esteem.

Marisa lives in Durango, Colorado and I’ve never met her in person. All of our sessions have been done over the phone, which has worked really well for me.

Marisa and I have been talking a lot about ego states. Here’s a look at the structure we’re using:

The ideal ego state, the “functional adult”, we’ve been calling the “authentic adult”. The descriptions listed in the image above under the “functional adult” heading describe the state of being that I’m trying to achieve.

I am excited about this work with Marisa. I am working on becoming the person I want to be.


I have been questioning my priorities and the direction of my life this summer. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about a lot is the privilege that is my identity. I have made a simple list of the privileged groups which I identify with:

  • White
  • Male
  • Straight
  • Upper-middle class
  • Able-bodied
  • Cisgender
  • Neurotypical
  • American
  • Attractive
  • Fit
  • Educated
  • Intelligent
  • Jewish*

I highly recommend this blog post from Erin Sullivan, an adventurer and blogger from Connecticut now based in Colorado. I’ve never met Erin; a friend pointed me to her blog in the middle of the summer, and I resonated with her thoughts on privilege.

*Identifying as part of the Jewish community would not have been considered “privilege” over much of the last century, but I have never experienced antisemitism and I believe that my Jewishness has benefited me throughout my life by making me a part of a highly supportive and proud community.

Training Partners

After training almost exclusively alone all summer, I have had and will have more great opportunities to train with other World Cup athletes this fall.

My first opportunity was the U.S. Ski Team camp in New Zealand during the first two weeks of September. After three months and over 300 hours of training alone, it was a shock to have to match my distance pace to somebody else. I think it was very valuable to be pushed out of my comfort zone, whether that meant faster or slower. I also had some great intensity sessions with the other men at the camp: Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell and Ben Saxton.

Four days after I returned from New Zealand, my good friend and fellow World Cup athlete from Estonia, Karel Tammjärv, came to train with me for two weeks. Karel adapted his training to fit my plan. It was super valuable to me to have a training partner who was willing and able to do exactly what my coaches thought was the best training for me. I was quite tired when Karel showed up so I had to reduce my training load for the first three days of our training block. Karel showed up well rested, so it wasn’t ideal for him to start with easier training. I’m grateful that he was so willing to be flexible.

After Karel left I had a week of solo training, which I relished as it was my only solo time for a long stretch.

Beginning this week, the Canadian National Team is in town, and I will join them for a significant number of their sessions. They are great training partners, not only because they’re fun to be around but also because they’re fast. Devon Kershaw is a World Cup winner and World Champion in the team sprint and Alex Harvey, Devon’s team sprint partner, is one of the top five skiers in the world.

A week from today the entire U.S. Ski Team shows up for our last camp of the year. Our camp overlaps with the Canadian camp for a week, and our coaches have worked with the Canadian coaches to plan some joint sessions.

Erik Bjornsen, the only other distance skier on the U.S. World Cup team, will be here for this camp. Because I chose to skip the Alaska camp and Erik chose to skip the New Zealand camp, we haven’t trained together since Bend camp in May. I’m looking forward to training with Erik, and I’m looking forward to racing with him this winter.

After the U.S. Ski Team camp ends on October 31st, I have just under three more weeks of solo time to do my final preparation before departing for the World Cup on November 19th.

The schedule has lined up exactly how I would have written it, and I’m really excited for the race season to test all of the training I’ve done.

Lastly, my coaches and I debated trying to have me get on snow in early November, but we decided to stick with the theme of the year, simplification. Therefore, I will not be adding any extra travel to go skiing. This means I will land in Kuusamo, Finland on Sunday evening, November 20th, without having been on snow since New Zealand, and will race a World Cup the following Sunday, November 27th. It will be a tight turnaround and a completely new strategy for me, but it will be a long season and there isn’t much pressure on the first World Cup. The goal is to be skiing fastest in February.


**These “micro-blogs” are representative of how I’m feeling at the exact moment I’m writing them. Please understand that my feelings and perspective change on a day-to-day basis, or even an hour-to-hour basis. Take them lightly and understand they are written “off the cuff”. Especially this post.**

My parents drove five and a half hours from their home in Montrose, Colorado to see me over the weekend. My sister and Nick drove five hours from their home in Ketchum, Idaho. They all got in for a late dinner Friday night. On Saturday morning I went for a five hour run then straight to a massage. I wasn’t home till 2:30. On Sunday morning I had a classic threshold interval set then strength. I wasn’t done till nearly 1 o’clock. Everybody left to drive home around 3 p.m.

As you might imagine, we are all left feeling like we didn’t get nearly enough time together. I feel guilty for having been so busy while they were here. It makes me feel unsure about my absolute prioritization of training. It also makes me sad.

I could have done some things differently. I could have scheduled the family time on a weekend with a lighter training load, but that gets complicated because it’s not all about my schedule.

I have been feeling unsure about my lifestyle and career in skiing frequently this summer, beginning with my breakup with Emilia in the spring. I don’t prioritize my happiness when it comes to time management, and I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing.

I love putting everything I can towards achieving my goals, but I have often been sad this summer.

I will write more about this in the coming weeks.

Transition Time

My coaches and I have been talking a lot about how this is the most important time of the year for training. All the work that I’ve done so far this year has just been building a base so I can do great work in October. Although the training volume will remain fairly high (I’ll do 100 hours in the four weeks that began on Monday), my focus is shifting towards carrying good energy and being ready to have high quality, representative and encouraging sessions for each intensity workout.

I’m building good energy by lowering my training pace. Also, simplifying life outside of training has been a priority all year long, but it takes on a new priority now.

I often find myself killing thirty minutes to an hour on my phone right before bed, reading articles or scrolling through Instagram or answering emails, and then I still sometimes read my book after putting my phone down. Then, as soon as I wake up, I grab my phone again, reading the New York Times Morning Briefing and doing the Daily Mini Crossword, in addition to checking email and looking through Instagram. All of this phone time was drastically cutting into my sleep. So, because energy management is so crucial right now, I’ve created a “rule” for myself. At 8:55 p.m. an alarm goes off on my phone. I stop whatever I’m doing, text my coach Zach Caldwell with a quick update about how energy management went that day, then I shut my phone down. I don’t power it on again until I’ve finished my morning training the next day, usually around noon. (I do yoga, home exercises, strength and breakfast before morning training.) So far this has been effective in helping me increase my hours of sleep.

Micro Blogging

I downloaded the Word Press app on my phone, so I’m currently trying it out. I think this could be a great tool for me to do a little “micro blogging”, publishing a few paragraphs at a time when I’m feeling inspired, because I miss writing and I miss telling my story. These will not be edited pieces. Please excuse any errors.

I have recently been posting semi-regularly across different platforms, including Instagram and on the new U.S. Ski Team podcast but I find it impossible to be as honest and raw through those mediums. Negativity, even if it’s honest, doesn’t seem as acceptable.

(That being said, you should definitely follow me on those platforms. I’m posting all of the podcasts on this site and my handle on Instagram is @hoffnoah. I’ve been utilizing “Instagram Stories”, because they’re less edited, but I don’t like that they disappear after 24 hours and that there isn’t a way to push them to Facebook or this site.)

Look for more “micro-blogs” soon!


Save the Date of Thursday, November 17th from 5-7 p.m. for the annual Aspen Nordic Celebration and Rocky Mountain Nordic Angel fundraiser at The Limelight Hotel. We will have free pizza and beer and a great silent auction. The event has become the kickoff to the Nordic season in Aspen, and it is always an incredible party. The event always overwhelms me with the amazing support of the Aspen community, and I am so grateful that we are continuing the tradition this year. I can’t wait to see you there!