Let us know what you have been up to.
Due to the current state of the world, my summer has been relatively simple. I have practice twice a day Monday through Saturday, and I’ve been doing online bookkeeping and accounting work for local companies between training sessions. Until hunting season I didn’t do too much extra beyond training, working, and spending time with a few close friends. I’ve enjoyed the simplicity and think its an ideal lifestyle for training a lot; I’ve been able to get quality sessions and recovery in while keeping busy with work. Since August 10th I’ve enjoyed going on some sheep hunts, but unfortunately I never saw a legal ram- so I will have to wait until next year to try again!
Have you shifted your goals during the pandemic?
My athletic goals haven’t changed as a result of the pandemic, but they have shifted slightly. With the uncertainty of this upcoming season I have relied less on short-term goals for motivation and I am now focusing on the long-term preparation for the Olympic season. Regardless of how this winter plays out I know I can still improve my fitness and skills and be ready for whatever this season turns into.
How do you stay motivated in your training given the current situation?
I love training, and I know I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to exercise 20-30 hours a week. I rarely lack motivation, but I am also surrounded by great teammates who definitely help contribute to my high level of motivation. I always have someone to join me on an epic mountain run or rollerski. I am really motivated by the goals I have to for the 2022 Olympics. I had a great opportunity to qualify for the 2018 Olympics and I severely under performed at the trials. I don’t want to allow that to happen in 2022 so that keeps a fire lit inside of me whenever I am struggling to get out the door for a long workout in the rain.
What lesson has 2020 taught you?
2020 pre-pandemic taught me that I can actually accomplish some of my loftier goals. I had a few of my best races last winter and I was really encouraged by what I accomplished. The 2020 pandemic has taught me to focus on what is within my control- and do those things as well as I can. Initially, the uncertainty of everything in March through May weighed on me, but after a while I just found my groove and have tried to put my energy towards the things that I can control each day- such as training, working, recovery, communicating with friends and family.
What are you most looking forward to for 2021?
If the ski season happens without any Covid complications I am really excited about World Championships in Obersdorf, Germany. Championship weeks are my favorite. The team gets to the venue usually a week prior to the start date of the Championships. It is one of the rare times on the road that we get to settle into a our hotel rooms for more than six days. Once the races kick off there is the best type of excitement and stress surrounding the week. I really enjoy this type of atmosphere and my anticipation for racing in Germany has been fuel for my summer training this year.