Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted and I’ve been on a lot of sweet ski adventures, thanks to the undying support of the Farm Team and Far West. I had an incredible experience at the American Birkebeiner (all the people and enthusiasm for xc skiing literally brought me to tears at the start line…cheesy but true. It reminded me why I love this sport so much) and a less incredible time at the Great Ski Race (atmosphere was equally awesome…my skis and energy was not). I’ve also just returned from coaching for the Far West Juniors in Fairbanks, AK for Junior Nationals…Fairbanks the town wasn’t anything too spectacular (although it marked my first time ever in AK which was in of itself was awesome!) but the skiing was great and the kids were a pleasure to coach as always. The highlight was visiting the World Ice Sculpture Championships- I had so much fun being a kid again and playing on ice slides and spinning in ice chairs (also, I’ve never felt so sick afterward)- there were amazing ice sculptures and Dylan made sure he got a picture with every one. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. Truckee weather has made me a softy this winter, but Fairbanks definitely brought me back to reality so thanks for that, AK!
After a quick one-day turnaround in Truckee, which included a fantastic birthday/farewell party where I got to say goodbye to many of the amazing friends I’ve made over the past 5 months, I packed up my car and am currently mid-road trip back to Maine. My job, at an outdoor education center, starts March 25th so unfortunately I couldn’t stretch out my stay in Truckee any longer (although it is heartbreaking to leave right before the supertour slash leave in general).
I just wanted to thank the Farm Team and all of the Far West Nordic community for all of their support and love this past winter- I can honestly say that I’ve never felt so welcomed and appreciated in my whole life and I had so many incredible days in Truckee- so many memorable training skis to Far Side and around the valley, so many wonderful moments trying to teach people from the bay how to ski, so many bent-over-laughing times with Truckee High School and the ASC Devo and Comp teams. After literally spending all day at TDXC, I always went home a very happy camper. I also got to check a lot of things off my bucket list- racing at Senior US Nationals, racing the American Birkebeiner, applying fluoros and lots and lots of klister (we don’t do that on the East Coast). And, after so many disappointing results in college, it was awesome to feel good about my races and have so much fun on the Fischer cup race circuit. This winter has definitely rejuvenated my love of skiing.
Finally, I want to say a very special thank you to Ben Grassesschi for teaching me everything I know about waxing and coaching and trusting me with all of those rambunctious Far West kids. And to Jon Halvorsen, without whom I never would have ended up in Truckee- it was such a pleasure and honor to coach with you this winter!
That’s it from me- off to another perfect, not-real-world job with another group of incredible people- but I’m already looking forward to returning to Truckee next November!!