Dealing with disappointed is a pretty complicated task. I believe anybody that makes it to the “elite” level in cross country skiing has been pretty successful at setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Personally I think it’s important to set realistic goals, that way you get a boost in confidence and motivation when you achieve them. It seems like the higher you make it in the sport the smaller the margins are and the harder it gets to improve, so maybe some disappointment is inevitable.
This season I haven’t been reaching all of my goals. Over the last year I feel like I’ve been more committed to the sport than ever before. I think I’m working hard but “hard work” is relative. I’m constantly asking myself questions about how I can improve and how I can make the next step. Self-discipline, lifestyle, training plans, training partners, support group, recovery methods, and nutrition. These are all things that impact my performance. What would one of the Russian World Cup skiers or a Norwegian WC skiers think of my training regimen? Maybe not reaching my goals and feeling disappointment is going to help me make the next step….
Last week I reminded myself that my goals are realistic. I had one of the most successful weekends of my World Cup career. I know I’m on the right track but I’m hungry for more and I would like these successful results and reminders more often. My teammates have shown winning a World Cup medal is not out of the question. I don’t think I can just hop on this U.S. Ski Team train and someday I will arrive on the podium though. I’m starting to realize that this battle is going to be really tough. I will keep fighting as long as I think it’s a battle that can be won.
Picture from the classic 10 Km race where I finished 21st, 17 seconds from 10th. Toko US-Photo
At the end of the day, whether I’m first or last, I feel very fortunate to have this lifestyle. It’s amazing to be able to travel to so many cool places, make friends all around the world, and have an excuse to get outside and play everyday.
Thank you all for supporting me on this quest for success.
Bellow are some of my favorite photos I have capture over the last month.
Noah Hoffman and I had an easy ski the other day so we decided to explore the tourist trails.
Noah on the tourist trails.
A view of the Falun jumps and ski course from our hotel room.
Sadie testing skis for a city sprint in Stockholm.
View of Oslo from the holmenkollen hotel.
A nice day to go skiing!