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.
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.
The smoke sure makes for beautiful views, though:
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:
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.
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!