Skiing as a teamsport

During the last weeks, I had the opportunity to ski with various different people. Over Christmas, I skied a lot with my older sister and I could observe the training of a real pro preparing for the upcoming World Championships in Oslo. It’s motivating to train with top-athletes as you certainly push more than you usually would and you can always learn something.  I mainly take three points out of those workouts:

1. Having clear goals before every single practice

2. Focus during the workout and push yourself. It might hurt in practice, but it will hurt less in the next race when you try to hang on to that skier in front of you

3. Be smart about your workouts. Go hard when your body can. Cut the practice short if you start feeling sick or uncomfortable, so you can push again the next day.

I could also ski with former Nevada Wolf Pack Skier Lutz Preussler on his home race course, with tons of snow and old stories to tell. It was great to see someone from a former team and it brought back old memories. I heard myself saying “this looks like Montana a year ago, remember?”, or “this might be a hard uphill, but it’s nothing compared that last one in Soldier Hollow…” Skiing definitely bring people together.

It’s easier to ski in the pack. Someone will push you on a day when you can’t do it yourself.

Skiing in Leipzig

I’m spending the last couple days before Christmas in Leipzig, a city near Berlin with about 500’000 citizens. It’s mostly flat, it gets warm in summer and cold during winter, but not too much snow. Not the place you usually would expect to ski! Well this year it’s different. The snow is making the rules right now. Airports are closed and roads are slow which means there’s enough snow to ski!

Cruising around the parks where you normally see only runners is pretty cool and it gives me the opportunity to get those kilometers on snow. I wish it could be like that every time I’m here… =)

ski and school

It might happen during a busy week of school or work that you can’t do what you like most. To ski obviously! =). All those assignments and papers and meetings etc. seem to come in your way, and you might decide against going up to the mountains, for learning on that biology or statistics test. Well, think again. Going out there for a couple hours and get your head free will help you to concentrate after you return to your book or paper.

So grab your skis and get out there. I know your books can wait, but your body can’t!

Skiing in Salt Lake

After having a great Ski in Auburn Ski Club up Donner Pass yesterday, it was going to be hard to top that. The tracks were just perfect and the sun was shining all day bright (Thanks to Auburn Ski Club). Now I’m looking forward to some nice skiing holidays in Salt Lake City with Gus and his family. The first skiing here was perfect and there are more days to come.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Skiing Weekend

Every skier in Tahoe probably heard about the great news. A snowstorm coming in this weekend supposedly bringing enough snow to Ski for a while! So for me it’s finally time to make the transition from dry land to snow practice. I can’t wait to feel the exciting feeling of gliding on snow again! Definitely one of my favorite moments of practice.

I’m also excited to see the Pros racing this weekend in the Gällivare (SWE) Cross-Country Worldcup. See who had the best off season preparation and of course cheering for my sister and my homeboy Dario =). But also for the US boys of course!

Bring it on!

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UNR Ski & Board Swap / TGR’s Movie “Deeper” this weekend!

Hey everybody

Like Michael said earlier, I’m proud to be on this Seasons  Far West Senior Nordic Team! I can’t wait to touch the Snow and cruise through the Tahoe snow.

I’d like to invite everybody to come down to Reno this weekend for the UNR Ski & Board Swap!

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The UNR Winter Sports Club is also hosting a showing of TGR’s Snowboard film “Deeper” this Sunday at the Joe Crowley Student Union theater @8pm.

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I hope to see everyone on Skis soon!