October 22, 2008

Utah Camp Update

Beautiful Heber Valley

Greetings from the Beehive State!

I've been in Midway, Utah for the past couple weeks training with the National A, B and Development Teams. This is our big fall camp, and we also had three trial races for the December World Cup Team. The training has been great, and it's been fun to see everyone and train together. The races were a good way to see how things are shaping up for the season. Overall, I had a good races, and was happy with my performance considering it is still only October. Unfortunately, I ended up fifth in the overall points from the three races, and only the top four are being taken to the World Cups in December. However, my results were very encouraging as I head into the season.

On a bike ride above the Soldier Hollow venue

We have one more week of training here, and then I'll be home for a couple days before heading back to Lake Placid. At the end of November, we'll be off to West Yellowstone, MT and then Grand Rapids, MN for the first North American Cup races (NorAms). The NorAms will be qualification races for Europa Cup races and the World Championship trials in January.

For now, I'm focusing on making the most out of these last couple days of camp and then getting some much needed rest heading into the last period of training before the season really gets started. Think Snow!!

A great hike in the snow! Unfortunately it all melted by that afternoon...

Snow makes all workouts more fun!