A Multitude of Reasons Why It’s Good to be Back

It’s been a week since I rolled back in Truckee after two months of work in Colorado, and man, it’s good to be back.

First things first: Friends/Training Partners.  I will be honest: most of the time, I don’t really like to train by myself. My high school ski team topped 40 people, and in college I was one of 18 girls on the nordic team.  I’m spoiled by always having company, and it made solo training more difficult this summer. But no more. In one week, I’ve trained with each of my Elite Teammates at least once, as well as Sugarbowl Academy and Coach Wilson of Tahoe XC. It is SO awesome.

Spencer returns home from rollerskiing, briefcase in hand

Spencer returns home from rollerskiing, briefcase in hand

We’ve had to get a little creative though. Smoke from the King Fire has rolled in by early afternoon for several days now, and it’s thick enough that outdoor training isn’t really a good idea. Luckily, we are a resourceful bunch. Today I woke up early enough to finish a second outdoor session by 1:45 PM. Yesterday, we finished the Drifter time trial by 8:30 AM and had fun improvising an afternoon strength session when we couldn’t use the backyard gym.

Spencer and I act as ballast  while Anja hangs onto our broom.

Spencer and I act as ballast while Anja pulls up on our broom

The smoke sure makes for beautiful views, though:

A low Truckee River

A low Truckee River

I also have a new toy. I bought a mountain bike in Winnemucca, NV, which was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. It’s very refreshing to trade the top of the learning curve (e.g., refining technique on rollerskis) for the bottom (e.g., trying not to fall off my bike). What I didn’t realize when I purchased the bike, however, is that I exchanged this:

Bye bye, ca$h money

Ca$h money (only on Craigslist):

for this:

My legs are worse.

Cuts and bruises (my legs look worse)

I have also been eating like a queen. Spencer brings home piles of fresh vegetables  and Hausfrau Anja whips up all kinds of baked goods.

Anja's scones, Spencer's roasted tomatoes for soup

Anja’s scones, Spencer’s roasted tomatoes for soup

Hausfrau  Anja

Isn’t she adorable?

And last but not least, I’ve generally been living the good life. I think we’ve had some sort of dinner event with friends every night for a week. Last night, Christmas came early as we received our new Rudy Project helmets and sunglasses. (As a side note, I still can’t get over the fact that anyone is giving me free stuff. What universe have I walked into?) And I’ve been visiting some of my favorite spots in the area. It sure is good to be back!

Housemates all dressed up for dinner!

Housemates all dressed up for dinner!

Donner Lake's public docks: the best part of Truckee?

Donner Lake’s public docks: the best part of Truckee?

California Sunshine!

It’s been two weeks exactly since I landed in San Francisco. I’ve been getting settled into Tahoe City with my new family, the Sybens.  They are amazing, and I absolutely love it here thus far.  However, there are few differences from Vermont.

First, it’s sunny all the time. No really, all the time. I don’t check the weather anymore because it’s only rained five minutes since my arrival. I used to check the weather a few times a day to most effectively plan training. The only thing that could possibly jeopardize training is the smoke that rolls in from forest fires, but so far it’s been fine.

There are bears! I woke up one night to a mamma bear and her baby tearing apart a tree behind the house. This doesn’t happen in Vermont.  I normally have training and recovery snacks in my car, and I’ve stopped that tradition because they are bear snacks in California.

I’ve learned that you don’t feel earth quakes when you are mountain biking. We had a class 3 earthquake during a mountain bike ride and I didn’t feel a thing, which was very surprising.

The adventure potential here is absolutely endless. I’ve made a video to show just a few of the amazing adventures I’ve had.


Why to be a skier (in California)

There are many more reasons, but these 10 came to my mind first this week!

Second breakfast
– Must have after every morning workout (training doesn’t count before you had a snack, a meal and before you logged it) and my favorite part of the day! I like breakfast sandwiches best: Bagel with avocado, tomato, cheddar cheese, an over medium egg and hot sauce. Yummm. Our plates are pretty cool too!

– I got a Mountain bike this summer and biking has been really really fun. My new whip also is responsible for a lot of my bruises, but see next bullet point- it’s awesome. These pictures are from when 4 of us Far West Elite teamers went riding together this week. Great team and household activity!
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I have also been playing with some other toys, nordork style. Getting better with these and they’re good fun too!
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No pain, no gain
– It has been SO awesome to have Emmy back here, and we have been working hard. We did two tough roller skiing intensity workouts together this week. I wouldn’t have gone half as hard nor had half as much fun without her. On Friday, I tested the pavement again (yes, road rash still hurts a lot) but I’m pretty sure that we got just a little bit faster that day, whoop!

– Here are my favorite artsy photo attempts from last week.
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– Rest and Recovery are a really important part of being a skier! Sometimes good recovery is not my strength but every once in a while I do a pretty good job, like here:

Cali tan – Yup!

– This year I am having a lot of fun lifting hard and getting stronger (hopefully). Our driveway strength set up makes me feel a little bad ass. Only in Cali! Thanks Spencer for fixing the pull up bar, and check out the little chair the boys got for us short girls to get up to the bar. Very professional set up!
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– Just one example: On Friday Emily and I did an evening strength workout and when we were done Spencer had dinner for us ready. Here is the delicious chicken pot pie without chicken he made for us. Made me really happy because I was really hungry and because Janey used to cook chicken pot pie for me when we lived together in college. I miss Janey!

Being fit
– Patrick and I went on a sweet long run in Desolation yesterday. The area is so epic and we just drove there, started running and explored. Pretty awesome to be able to just go play in the mountains for 5h. We saw about 20 different beautiful little lakes, and a couple of waterfalls that made for an exciting adventure!
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Summer is not over yet
– lots more playing to do! Check back for more updates and hopefully some cool pictures soon!

Get to know the Elite Team Contest

Can you guess how many bikes the Far West Elite Team has?

It’s no secret we love to cross train on our bikes. Contest ends Monday, so be sure to comment with your name and guess before then. If you guess correctly I’ll send you a nordic skier care package.

In case you were wondering only bikes physically in the Far West region are counted.


IMG_1926Last week Emily and I drove from where she was working in Denver to back to Truckee, via Jackson, WY. We made an ambitious attempt to hike the Middle Teton, but got turned back by lightning. Those are some pretty cool mountains and I’d love to make it to the top of one of them someday.




Lake Placid and the Adirondacks

This past week I traveled out to Lake Placid, New York for to spend some time training for Biathlon at the Olympic Training Center. This was my second time out to Lake Placid this summer, and the OTC is always a great place to spend some time focusing on training and recovery, as nearly all your needs outside of sport are served by the wonderful staff of the training center.

Another big perk of visiting Lake Placid is having the chance to spend some time in the Adirondacks. In college I was only an hour and a half from the ‘Dacks, and I have lots of great memories of long training runs/hikes in the area. Here are some pictures from a little adventure I did with Far West Summer Training Group member Heather Mooney.

Transportation to the start of our hike

Transportation to the start of our hike

Heather graciously showed off her rowing skills as we headed across Lower Ausable Lake into the heart of the Adirondacks

Heather graciously showed off her rowing skills as we headed across Lower Ausable Lake into the heart of the Adirondacks

Lake Tear of the Clouds with Mt. Marcy in the background. Headwaters of the Hudson River... Also where Teddy Roosevelt learned he was becoming President

Lake Tear of the Clouds with Mt. Marcy in the background. Headwaters of the Hudson River… Also where Teddy Roosevelt learned he was becoming President

Summit of Mt Marcy! Highest point in New York, but still a little ways below the elevation us Far Westers live and train at...

Summit of Mt Marcy! Highest point in New York, but still a little ways below the elevation us Far Westers live and train at…

Now I’m back in Truckee where I’ll be putting in another big month of training before heading to my next camp with the Biathlon Team at Soldier Hollow.