It’s almost September…
… Which means that all 6 Far West Elite Team members are finally about to be in the area!
While we have been training and working hard all summer, I realize that we haven’t shared a whole lot about what we have been up to – one might want to call that secret training. I am a big fan of secret training, but I think it is about time that we get this team back up in the Nordic blogging scene and share some of our love for this beautiful area and great Nordic Skiing community!
I’m going to claim that this is the best Elite Team Far West has ever had, and if I am counting right (only counting Nordic Skiers) we are the 3rd biggest women’s elite team in the country this year, after APU and Stratton, and tied with the Green Team.
Makes me pretty excited!
Since I’m one of new girls, and I don’t think my blogging skills are up to par with Noah Hoffman’s picture updates, Annie Hart’s baking tips, or a lot of other pro skier blogs out there, I figured I would just make a list of things that you might want to know about me…
1. I really am completely foreign.
Hence all the language mistakes in this post. I was born and raised in Germany, and came to the US to go to college. I do like sausage (obviously) but really like peanut butter too, and burgers, and I like breakfast sandwiches the most and my roommate in college taught me how to make Annie’s and American pancakes, in case I ever need to be a good American housewife… but I am German. I will go back to Europe for some races there this year too!
3. I spent the last two summers training with Martin and Far West in Truckee.
Since I’m back you can image how much I’ve enjoyed those summers!
4. I like coffee. A lot.
Probably the easiest way to make me really happy really fast. Maybe with a croissant on the side?
5. I don’t think I’m ever gonna stop being excited about how cool this area is.
Lake Tahoe is just soo pretty, every day. And it’s always so nice and sunny! The trails are so awesome (running here is so epic) and the views are just perfect, too. I am really happy and feel pretty lucky to be living and training in such an amazing spot. Check out this view on a run with Austin and Calvin, two of the college boys training with us this summer:
6. Sometimes I whine.
But only on Thursdays! Pretty good rule!
7. I must have had (and still have) the best coaches in the world.
My coaches in college, Patrick Weaver, Andrew Johnson and Chris Mallory, and Martin Benes out here have done an incredible job and really made me love this sport. Here is Weave giving probably the best coach hug ever after NCAA’s in Middlebury. I miss Weave.
8. Classic skiing is easier than skating.
I’m working on skating! Lots of no poling, biking and squatting to get my legs stronger and I’m convinced it’s helping.
9. I love skiing.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I really do. Turns out being a pro skier might be the best job in the world. Obviously because of all the great people, the ribbons and glitter for racing, all the food we get to eat and the cool places we travel to, but skiing is just a great sport too.
10. I’m so excited to be skiing with Far West.
We might not be your classic Elite Team but we work hard and most importantly we have a lot of fun! There are so many awesome and supportive people in this community; it’s a pretty good spot to be. I’ll get our first team picture up ASAP.
Teammates are definitely very important for training and skiing well, and I’m excited to have five new ones!