Last week the NTG headed to Park City, Utah for a week of jumping. After 3 days of inconsistent jumping in Steamboat I was really looking forward to getting some solid jumps in. Overall I jumped well but I always want to push myself more on the jumping hill and be able to put together solid jumps for a competition. Most of the jumping portion of our sport is a mental game. The more consistently good jumps I have in the summer will give me confidence for competition which translates to not having to try harder to perform well. For all you golfers out there this is an all to familiar concept. Trying harder almost never brings better results. Although I've been jumping for 12 years this is still a concept I am working on. I am happy to say that I'm already miles ahead on the jumping side compared to last year and I look forward to continue perfecting my jumping technique. 
Up next is the annual 4th of July competition with the US Ski Team in Steamboat. I can't wait to train and compete with the best in the nation for a couple of days. 
Hi everybody, still getting used to this whole blogging thing so bear with me. Last week was very eventful week with lots of endurance hours including multiple interval sessions, a time trial and an attempt at a 100 mile bike ride. The week started off frustrating when I woke up one morning to see my bike had been stolen off my patio during the night. I'm pretty bummed that I don't have my trusty steed anymore but I am hoping for the best in getting it back. 
If you see this bike around contact me at (970)-819-6147
On Friday we had our first time trial of the year up to the top of Fish Creek Falls road. I felt good going into the time trial and bested my top time from last year by 20 seconds. I know I most likely wasn't at my optimum race level due to the high volume of intensity work earlier in the week, but it felt good to know that I am improving my cross country skiing. 

On Saturday the team jumped in the the morning and then Grant Andrews, Spencer Knickerbocker, Ben Berend and myself headed out for a century ride. Although my bike had been stolen earlier in the week I was fortunate enough to have a friend lend me a bike for the week. The four of us went up and over Rabbit Ears and planned for a lunch stop in Kremmling before heading up Gore Pass. As I was riding through Kremmling a big gust of side wind knocked me down. I walked away with a sprained wrist and a bunch of road rash, but my day of riding was over. Luckily our coach was running a support car with us and I got a ride back with him. 

This week we are in Park City for a jumping camp during a week of low endurance training. This is the time of year where we need to get in a lot of jumps and make our average jumps better. In fact most of our training jumps for the year are taken in the summer. I'm always excited to jump in Park City and take advantage of their awesome facilities so I am really looking forward to this week. 
Stay tuned for pictures of the week and a recap the the jumping camp.
Welcome to my website. The summer training season is already upon us and I am so excited for the upcoming year. Last season left me disappointed but determined to improve. After a not so great showing at Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic I knew I had to focus on how to improve my cross country skiing. I changed a few things up in the spring, including my diet and a recovery guideline and the results came. I finished out the year strong in California at the Super Tour finals. The confidence in my skiing I gained at the end of the year I have carried into our new training year. With a month long trip to Europe in August planned along with handful of Summer Grand Prix starts I am fired up for the upcoming months of training!

Over the past month the team has been training together in Steamboat, putting in many hours on the bike, roller skis and running trails. Last week we had our first summer jumps of the year. It's always great to get back out on the hill. Next week we head to Park City for a jump camp so stay tuned for some updates.

Here's a couple of pictures from the past month of training.

Getting ready for a VO2 max test on the treadmill
Mid May crust skiing!! Doesn't get much better.
The team out on a roller ski
Steady States up Rabbit Ears Pass and still smiling.