What’s up, sports fans? I don’t know if anyone actually follows along on these blog updates, but if you do I’m sorry for the long gap between posts. Needless to say I have been super busy with training, school, life, and vlogging and blanked about keeping my blog up to date. But here we go.
The last time I posted was the beginning of September. To keep you from getting bored reading about the last 3 months of my life, I am going to do a recap of each month in 3 sentences each. Here we go.
My team and I came home from Europe on September 1st after an awesome camp of competing in Summer Grand Prix. We did a lot of jumping, bike riding, and all raced in the Red Bull 400 in Park City, where USA Nordic had 5 athletes in the top 10! After having a nice mental break from travel and competition during a month at home, we headed back to Europe for our final camp of the summer.
Our final camp of the summer essentially felt like 4 week-long camps in one; we spent a week jumping and training in Slovenia, a week in Ramsau, Austria skiing on a glacier (or what was supposed to be a glacier thanks to good ol’ climate change), then we went to Croatia for a week, and finally spent a week in Germany training on the ice track in Oberstdorf, GER. This was a really tough camp for me both physically and mentally, and I really struggled to keep up my normal positive attitude in the last few days of our trip. This was really tough for me also because it made me feel like I was not where I needed to be this close to the start of the real competition season.
I used November as a month of reassurance that everything that I had done throughout the summer was worth it. I dug myself out of the hole that I was in during October and had really strong intervals, a strong race in West Yellowstone, MT, and then boosted my mentality back to above normal. I went from questioning my life in October to being to excited to compete again all in the span of three weeks!
And thats how we made it to December! It’s only the 4th day of the month but its already been an eventful December. The first weekend of the month was spent in Steamboat Springs, CO for Winterstart, the first competitions of the year for both ski jumping and Nordic combined. I’m happy to say it went well! I was able to keep my head in a happy place and jump and race really well. I took the win in the Nordic combined race and finished 2nd in the Ski Jumping competition as well. Needless to say this got me excited for the rest of the winter! I’ll be traveling home for about a week and then headed right back to Steamboat to kick of the Continental Cup season. I promise I’ll be a little more timely in my posts for that event. Stay tuned!
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