I am very sad to learn of the passing of my friend Peter Hale yesterday evening. Peter was my first ski rep and also one of my biggest supporters. He believed in me beyond anything I deserved. Thank you Peter! I will miss him greatly. If you missed the video my coach Zach Caldwell and I put together for Peter last week, you can find it here.
Here is the video Simi Hamilton put together for the Rocky Mountain Nordic Fundraiser in Aspen last week. It highlights me, Simi and U.S. Ski Team Nordic Combined athlete Michael Ward. It’s also fun and funny. I am super impressed with Sim’s work:
My second workout yesterday was strength. We are using the hotel gym in the Radisson here in Beitostølen. I couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on in the spin bike room, so I spun in the dark.
It reminded me of an awful workout I did several years ago at a 24 Hour Fitness in Leawood, Kansas. On that occasion I also couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on. I was in a sling after my first shoulder surgery. I forgot music and a sweat towel. I spun for two hours alone in a dark and silent room in 90% humidity. It was possibly the worst workout I have ever done. Luckily yesterday’s spin was only a 15 minute warm-up for strength.
The Radisson is the nicest hotel in Beitostølen, so of course the Norwegian National Team is staying there. I was impressed by their personal cars parked in the lot:
Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks both have their names on their cars in Alaska, but all of the Norwegian National Team athletes are a big deal over here:
Yesterday evening one of the women’s rooms was on dinner. They tried to make hamburgers but accidentally bought ground pork instead of ground beef. They realized they had the wrong meat when it looked odd in the oven, but they didn’t find out what kind they had bought until our Swedish wax technician translated the package. I don’t think I’d ever had a ground pork burger before, but it was delicious.
For the first time since I’ve been on the U.S. Ski Team, our team posters were printed before the season is over. I am shocked to see them already. Maybe they’ll actually be useful since they are current. We each had to sign a large stack of them. Here’s Kikkan:
They look great. Here’s the picture we went with:
The ski trail was so much quieter today. The parking lot, which was packed yesterday, was almost empty today.
The quiet trails made for much higher quality training. Most of the Norwegian National Team, who avoided the trails yesterday, were out today. They are debuting their new wax truck.
It is insanely big, two story. I didn’t realize a truck could get so big.
They also have their old truck here. I don’t know whether they’ll be travelling with both all winter.
The old truck is only three or four years old, and it was as nice as any other country’s truck. This new truck makes the old one look like a closet.
I haven’t gotten inside it yet. I’ll work on it.
One of the Norwegian National Team sponsors also has a huge truck here.
It’s not too small itself.
It’s like a truck expo. It feels like the Norwegians are trying to have their own personal World Cup.
I had a pretty good hour and a half classic ski this morning. I’ve been getting lots of comments on my new headgear sponsor, Thoughtforms Builders. I will post more about it soon. Because of it, Jessie Diggins really wanted to take my picture in a “Thinking Man” pose.