It will be two weeks this Tuesday that I've been in Park City. It is a bit weird to get into a town that I've been to many times, but never for much more than a week, and say, "Alright, I'm home." I think I will be here for quite a while, so I better get used to it.
Taylor Fletcher, Michael Ward and I rented a condo for the year. It was unfurnished when we got it, but it's been pretty easy and kind of fun to set the place up. The first week or so we didn't have a couch, as the guy who gave it us was at the Tour of California, but that was about the last piece that we needed.
We've been training hard the last few weeks. A lot of the guys bike race all spring, and Michael and I joined them for one last weekend in Salt Lake. It was a Criterium in a city park - 10 laps in 30 minutes, and it basically all comes down to who can sprint the last lap. I had fun and learned some tactics. Next time I'll need to be more ready for the last couple laps.
This morning, we had our first rollerski time trial. Throughout the summer, we're going to continue to do a time trial every Monday in the first week of every period, so every 4 weeks. I do not hold much stock in how fast I race this time of year, but I had a pretty good time and felt good. Nothing feels great this time of year; when we do so much distance training, it can be hard to get the top speed going.
Now we're going to back off the training hours a bit and focus on jumping. We all certainly need to be starting the race much closer to the front. Tomorrow we start - on the 20 meter hill! It should be a fun time.
I'm half way through my trip back home. So far, I've had a great time with my family and have managed to stay pretty busy.
Last weekend I went out waterskiing for the first time in two years. I seem to only get to ski in May now. The weather wasn't exactly ideal, but it was calm, so I can't complain.
My brother is a lot better at skiing since the last time I saw him. And between his GoPro ski mount and my mom in the boat, I think we had about 200 pictures per session (literally).
Tuesday I met with my high school coach, Ted Theyerl, and Chippewa Valley Nordic (CVN) for a little dryland and story time. I'm not much of a speaker but I did try to show the kids that I was right where they were a few years ago. CVN was actually just getting started when I was in high school. At the beginning it was just three other guys, myself, and one girl.
I was blown away at how quickly the CVN team has grown. On a busy spring night, it was hard to know how many would make it, but we had a good dozen middle and high school age kids and another 6 or 8 of their parents. That's just to say that the group has grown exponentially in a few short years. It was pretty cool to see all those kids so gun - ho about Nordic!
Where am I?