These past 2.5 weeks I have been living and training out of Park City, home of the US Ski Team. This is always an exciting time of the year to:
Get together with all my US teammates.
|THE TEAM (USSA Nordic Photo)|
Do a little bit of blood, strength, and fitness testing in the Center of Excellence.
Get our new uniforms for the year.
|Pretty sweet little markings on all our gear! Proud to represent the United States of America and this little eagle!!|
|L.L. Bean Custom Pants.... finally I own a pair of pants that are long enough for me!! (USSA Nordic Photo)|
|Early Christmas!! (USSA Nordic Photo)|
|Thanks for the wonderful presentation by Craft and L.L. Bean on all the perks and special features of our gear! Pretty fun to be representing an American brand with our American uniforms! (USSA Nordic Photo)|
US Ski Team Uniform
Set goals and aspirations as a team.
It also happens to be the time of year that I am training the very hardest, so living and sleeping at 9000 feet, and training with less oxygen than normal has proven to be a challenge all five years of being on the National Team. Every year I come in running, and leave trotting. Fortunately, that is just part of the game! You can't be sprinting all the time!
|Sprinting it out at SoHo- USSA Nordic Photo|
|Erik taking advantage of the COE current pool for some "laps".|
|A little different attire than these APU ladies are used to these past few months!|
|Best coach and best bro in the world!|
|Sadly, Mr. Finger is still a working progress.!|
|Head Women's Coach- Matt Whitcomb, and USSA President- Tiger Shaw leading the force during a 3 hr. ski up the canyon .(L.L. Bean photo)|
Two more weeks of preparation in Alaska, where we will hopefully be visiting some snow, and then off we go to Europe for the winter! It's the final countdown, da da dah da dahhhhh...!