Summertime and summer training are well underway here in Park City. Climate change is still 120%, undeniably real, but at this point in the summer we have been blessed with cool temperatures and only a few days jumping into the 80°s, which has been absolutely wonderful because I hate the heat and I hate how sweaty I get in that heat. Not to worry though, I'm sure in a few weeks we'll be back at the normal summer temperatures and I'll be saying "Holy wah, I can't wait for winter to come back".
Shortly after we returned from our on-snow training camp in Bend, OR we got back on the ski jumping hill in Park City. It is always exciting to get back on the hill for the first time in a season and this season was no different. Our head ski jumping coach, Jan Matura, flew to Park City from his home in the Czech Republic to be with us for the first jumps of the season. The combination of Jan and our team director, Nick Hendrickson, on the jump hill was super beneficial and I'm happy that our team has such a dedicated staff that genuinely wants us to improve. An added bonus for the first jumps of the year was having Stephen Schumann, one of my teammates and best friends, back on the hill for the first time since he unfortunately blew out his knee last July. We still don't have our full team at the moment, but it was great to have a strong group of us back on the hill for some productive training sessions.
Kind of new this summer as well is an increase in the amount of running that our team has been doing. We've already done over 20 hours of running training this year which has been a nice change up from roller skiing. With the great snow year that we had in Park City there is still a bunch of snow up high on the trails, and we've hit snow on a few of our runs. I made a vlog of one of the recent runs that we did and you can check that out at this link.
We also made our first trip
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