About Beth Taylor

hey everybody! I am a recent Bates College graduate originally from the lovely state of Vermont. I enjoy snow, sunshine, and lounging….all great reasons to move to Tahoe. I’m stoked to be out here and ready to rip it up this winter!

Springtime is for adventuring

Spicy is wrapping up the season in Wind and Ice Land…Gus is off to the Promised Land. After a hectic and awesome Spring Series and a summery Distance Nationals (big shoutout to all the Far West coaches and all the volunteers for a fantastic end to the season), I kicked off the spring in Colorado with some epic shredding DOWN the mountain for once….photo-5

(skiing down hills is surprisingly tiring)

and some bomber nordie-style crust skiingphoto-6

(skiing in Vail doesn’t suck.)

and now it’s time to get back to some intense summer training….Tahoe style.IMG_0512

see ya out on the trails….or the lake. happy summer.

 

sprinting.

Farm Team contingent looking good after a dominant performance at the Tahoe City Cobblestone Sprints yesterday.

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Spencer keeps it spicy even among fierce competition from Far West’s best.

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Kikkan and Jesse know how to get it done too.

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(the key is wearing neon.)

#goodweekendtobeamerican

Road Trip Survival Guide as taught by Ben Grasseschi

after spending the last two days driving from Sun Valley, ID to Vail, CO, Spence and I have realized how much we have learned about surviving long road trips from ASC and Farm Team coach Ben Grasseschi. The top ten Grasseschi nuggets of wisdom….

1. Swedish fish are a necessity.

2. In emergencies (example: more than 12 hours of continuous driving and/or at least one empty gas tank incident), resort to Red Bull.

3. Never trust the gas light.

4. Always stop for taco trucks.

5. “Hey Cow” — a game in which members of the vehicle yell out the window at nearby livestock, winning points for how many cows actually look up.

6. Always prioritize fresh tracks, regardless of which side of the road the freshies may be on or whether they are even on the road.

7. Stock up on fireworks while driving through Nevada.

7.5. Do not allow August to have possession of the lighter and/or smoke bombs.

8. Sing out loud to yourself about what is happening in the van; no tune necessary.

9. Whenever you are stopped, relocate to the top of the van for some quick Vitamin D.

10. Rumble strips are built for your personal entertainment.

That’s my roommate!

Good to be back

The last several months, from Thanksgiving up through our latest adventures at US Nationals, have been a whirlwind.

I went from West Yellowstone to Bozeman

to Truckee

to Vail

to Pennsylvania

back to Truckee

and finally to Utah.

That is a lot of driving, flying, and sitting around and/or running around in airports when flight after flight was delayed. It was worth it though: I got to have Thanksgiving with these people, 

Christmas with these people

road trip with these people

hang out with this guy

and this girl

and race here

and here

and here.

Traveling will get ya though and it got me…about halfway through US Nationals I had to admit that the sneezing, coughing, snotting and “sexy voice” I had going on was more than just racer’s cough from the cold Utah air. Nationals only comes around once a year though, so I put my head down, raced, and hoped the training I put in this summer and fall would hold up against some of the fastest girls in the country.

Although I may not have had exactly the races I was looking for, I set some Nationals personal bests for myself with a 16th place finish in the 10k skate and a 15th place finish in the 20k classic. Thanks to rockin coaches Grassech, Martin, and August for skis and wisdom….and New Year’s entertainment.

And now….it’s good to be back in Truckee. Far West, far best.

 

 

Final Bozeman report….and back to Truckee

As Spencer predicted, the last race in Bozeman was twisty, turny, tough and totally fun. The rain and snow held off until later that afternoon, allowing talented waxing specialist Coach Grassech and guest wax tech/former Bobcat Tim Whiton to deliver us excellent skis. Unfortunately I ended up having my own spontaneous Summit Sunday in the start, when an APU girl in front of me tripped on a pole and went down in front of me with just enough time for my skis to go under her and me to fall directly on top of her. I then got out-summitted by the racer behind me, who ended up right on top of me. Luckily I had my game face on and was able to fight my way back up to 12th place, getting to race briefly with Em and Katrin in the process. Racing with teammates is always fun – as Mr. Filly Hamilton would say, “teamwork makes the dream work”. Kat and Emily proved his point by racing together to a solid 28th and 29th place, scoring SuperTour points in a stacked field. Spence and Patrick had a chance to work together for a while in the men’s race, racing among an equally if not even more stacked field. Patrick managed to beat some pretty speedy elite skiers and finish as the 9th junior. Spencer spicily topped his previous early season racing PR, setting himself up for success as the season continues.

A quick summary of the journey back… Roger and George made a new lady friend on the drive home, spicing up the Far West van dynamics. We decided to get in an extra strength workout en route…

Ben rediscovered the joys of Red Bull. and we rediscovered that 14 hours is too long to spend in a van no matter who you are with….

Last but not least…don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Cottonwood-hosted Far West Nordic Kickoff Party featuring speaker Grant Korgan on Sunday! http://farwestnordic.org/fwnsea/ai1ec_event/season-kick-off-party/?instance_id=#more-7699

best view in bozeman.

 

my life be like….

sprints tomorrow, gettin stoked.