This isn't the first time I've said this... but sure enough I've been too busy to blog as much as I should and I'm off on another exciting Europe trip.
Since my last post, the main event was US National Championships, right here in Park City, UT. I'm assuming if you follow along, you've already had the news on that. If not, a very quick recap. I had a very solid day, which was good enough for fourth place. After two years on the podium, it wasn't what I was hoping for. However, the important takeaway was that we have to have a great day to get onto the podium at Nationals. That's a very good thing. Taylor Fletcher did have a great day, and he got his first Championship victory. His brother, Bryan, was strong as usual and took home silver. Ben Berend broke through with a spectacular performance - jumping to first and giving the Fletchers a real run for their money. I highly recommend reading his insightful blog about it here:
Ben Berend - A Day I Will Never Forget
In July I finalized a new sponsorship with the American Birkebeiner. I'm proud to represent the "Birkie" - the race and driving force that inspires Nordic skiers from the Midwest and around the Nation. As you can see, they're my ski top sponsor. Still looking for a head sponsor for the coming winter!
After Nationals, we had a week of jumping focus with both coaches Martin Bayer and Nik Huber in town. I really like working hard on jumping right after a competition week, probably because I feel more relaxed but just as motivated. After that, we dove into our third intensity week of the year. These weeks are tough! Two-a-day interval sessions, at least one time trial and hopefully enough recovery to maximize the training effect. In my case, I think I pushed a little too hard, or came in under-recovered, because I came down with a bit of a cold towards the end of the week. Better now that later - but definitely a sign of needing some good recovery.
Here's a short video at the end of the race during our intensity week. Not my finest skiing, but those hills will have that effect. I caught Bryan by skiing hard over the top, but he got me in the sprint. (And to be fair it was a staggered start, so at this point he had already made up time on me. Bryan's in pretty good form this summer!)
As I write this I'm in Oberweisenthal in Germany preparing for the Summer Grand Prix competitions. After flying over on the weekend, we met up with the junior team, which has been over here training in Slovenia, Austria and Germany for the past three weeks. This weekend we have a team sprint and an individual, so six of us will get starts in the SGP. Then we'll head to Villach, AUT for a midweek competition, and then we'll finish with two more competitions in Oberstdorf, GER. Stay tuned and look for our results coming up.
We're working hard and should be ready to compete strongly this weekend. SGP is always a great opportunity to check our level before we head into the fall.
After SGP, I'll be staying in Planica, Slovenia with most of the team. Jasper, Ben and I are staying overseas until October 19. It'll be the longest I've ever been in Europe in the summer, and an awesome opportunity to get great, focused and consistent training in.
Finally, you may have noticed that USA Nordic has been increasing the amount of content and media posts in the past few weeks. I've been helping to keep this going consistently. (Another reason why I might not be as consistent posting on here.) You'll definitely get more frequent content by following all of USA Nordic's outlets:
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