Mount Marathon recap

This years race was pretty special for me cause my parents and sister’s family came to watch. I’m pretty sure they’ve never seen me do a mountain running race before so of course I’m stoked to have had a good day while they were in Seward.
The conditions during the race were super muddy and slick in the trees. I’ve never seen the mountain when it’s muddy. I visit Seward when it’s blue bird 🙂 The morning of the race my APU teammate, Forrest, showed me a new line up the initial cliffs, which was considerably better than my line in the mud.

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So the recap: great couple of days in Seward. Awesome race, great cheering, and fun group of racers to spend the day with. I felt fit and managed to stay on my feet so it’s back to a big block of nordic training- once my legs feel good again.

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May spent in CO

I recently joined Jessica during her six week clinical rotation in Durango, which basically means I’ve had a CO altitude training camp. Sense all my accounting work is done remotely it really doesn’t matter if I’m here or in AK in regards to getting work done. I do try to spend time in Anchorage so that I remain a contributing teammate at APU and participate in community.

Training went really well in Durango. I put some emphasis on double pole, strength training, and building up my running miles for the rest of summer.

Becoming a religious sun block user

Becoming a religious sun block user

Endless trail running.

Endless trail running.

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Davos Camp

After the races in Falun, Sweden Scott, KO and I traveled to Davos to hunker down for a three week training block. A few days after arriving here I learned that I was named to the World Championship team. Super stoked!

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So with three weeks to train I made a plan with Erik Flora and have been charging pretty hard since I got here. I’ve only raced six times this season. Normally I would have about 15 races under me at this point in the season. I would say I’m relatively fresh and so I’m taking this opportunity to train hard and make some race type efforts via some tough interval sessions. It is going well so far and I’m enjoying my time here.
When I’m not training I’ve been doing a ton of accounting and bookkeeping work, played some Banana Grams, watching a few ski films with Scott, and I’ve spent a fair bit of time at meals.

I think we travel on Feb 21 to Germany to settle in before World Champs. The 30km skiathlon is on the 27th.

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Spoiled in the dessert department.

Spoiled in the dessert department.

That’s the quick update for meow.

Lahti World Cup

Such a relief returning to the action and feeling pretty strong. In all honesty I felt stronger than my results showed on paper.
I struggled a bit in the classic portion of the 30km skiathlon, but felt awesome in the last 15km skating. I moved into 30th and got out sprinted at the finish line and ended the day 32nd.

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I scrambled the first leg of the 4×7.5km relay. My leg went quite well up until my pole broke and I lost the pack while searching for a replacement. Sadly, the gap that formed in my leg then left the rest of the boys on my team skiing in no-mans-land. They all skied good times so I’m excited about the next relay opportunity, which is hopefully at World Championships.

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Fun week to travel and roommate with Hunter. He raced well in his first WC ever! Jack made some sweet skis for us. Stoked to be here with lots of APU teammates and friends.

First Few Finnish Days

Travel to Finland was as easy as it could ever be. The plane was nearly empty so I got a four seat row to myself. I was able to sleep at least 7 of the 9 hour flight from Seattle to Amsterdam.

Jack and Hunter- for once we can be germ freaks and fit in!

Jack and Hunter- for once we can be germ freaks and fit in!

We got to Finland and first thing we had to take a Covid test and once we received negatives we were allowed to start training at the venue. The trails in Lahti are in perfect shape. The race course has nearly a 3ft base of man made snow. The non race trails are in great condition as well, which is awesome for getting off the long steep climbs on the race course.

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Getting some good mileage in with Jack

Getting some good mileage in with Jack

What happens when you ask Hunter to take a picture

What happens when you ask Hunter to take a picture

Catching Covid-19

November 9th I lost my sense of smell. I knew I had Covid as soon as I acknowledged that I couldn’t smell. I had a stuffy nose for two days. Not even the type of sniffles I considered a cold, but rather just the light type of sniffles that made me decide to push intervals off until the following day. I did this two days in a row until on the third day I lost smell. I went and got a test, which took five days to get results back. I knew I had Covid so I started taking things easy.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray I was cleared to go on walks.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray I was cleared to go on walks.

It has been super hard to take over two weeks off recovering from Covid-19. Prior to Covid I had been doing my first big on snow training block and feeling great. I did hour of threshold intervals the day before the ‘sniffles’ set in and it was nearly effortless. I did the set on a known route in Fairbanks that I have done since I was 14 so it has become a solid gage of fitness for me.

None the less I am doing much better now. I had a few tough days, but in general from what I know via echo, ecg, chest x-ray and blood labs I believe I am recovering well. Thanks to the cardiologist and my coach, Erik Flora, I have a structured plan to return to full training in a conservative and progressive approach. After two weeks completely off I started back with some walks. After that I did a week of 1 hour skis each day. Last week I did 2×1 hour ski per day and this week I am doing roughly the same, but allowing the daily volume to reach 2.5 hours if energy is good. I understand training two hours a day is great general health, but I am used to doing two sessions per day that are each two hours in duration in addition to high intensity training sessions. Right now I am doing all my exercise at a crawling pace. Polar watches actually sent me a brand new watch so that I can ensure I keep my pulse within the specified range.

With my progression I hope to be near 100% around Christmas.

After quarantine I was really excited to get outside and see family that I only see a few weeks a year.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Started to carve a travel spoon.

Started to carve a travel spoon.

Catching Covid-19

On November 9th, I lost my sense of smell after having a stuffy nose for the two days prior. My plane ticket to leave Alaska for the season opener world cups was on November 17th. These weren’t even the type of sniffles I would have normally considered a cold- just the type that would make me decide to push intervals back a day or two. I actually did exactly this, but on the third day I woke up and couldn’t smell my morning coffee, and I knew it wasn’t just your average cold. I quickly went and got a covid test, but didn’t get “official” results until day 5. In the meantime, I assumed I had covid, which was reinforced by the inability to smell my stinky ski boots or taste half a bottle of sriracha poured into my soup. I started taking things very easy, finding it difficult to make it through a 25 minute mile on the treadmill on my basement with the infamous “covid headache” after doing cruisy 7-minute miles just days before. Needless to say, I did not make my flight to Europe, and instead have been focused on my health and recovery ever since.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray, I was cleared to go on walks.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray, I was cleared to go on walks.

It has been super difficult to take over two weeks off recovering from Covid-19. Prior to Covid I had been doing my first big on-snow training block and feeling awesome. I did an hour of threshold intervals the day before the ‘sniffles’ set in and it was nearly effortless. I did the set on a known route in Fairbanks that I have done since I was 14 so it has become a solid gage of fitness for me.

Nonetheless, I am doing much better now. I had a few tough days, but in general from what I know via echo, ekg, chest x-ray, and blood labs I believe I am recovering well. Thanks to the cardiologist and my coach, Erik Flora, I have a structured plan to return to full training in a conservative and progressive approach. After two weeks completely off from training, I started back with some walks. After that I did a week of 1 hour skis each day. Last week I did 2×1 hour skis per day; this week, I am doing roughly the same but allowing the daily volume to reach 2.5 hours if I feel energetic. This might seem like a lot, but I am used to doing two sessions per day that are each two hours in duration in addition to high intensity training sessions. Relatively to my normal, right now I am doing all my exercise at a crawling pace. Polar watches was super generous and sent me a brand new watch that helps me ensure that I keep my pulse within the specified range.

With my progression, I hope to be near 100% around Christmas and return to racing for the second half of the season (assuming no complications along the way).

The silver lining of covid and not heading to europe: After quarantine I was really excited to get outside and see family that I only get a chance to see a few weeks a year.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Started to carve a travel spoon.

Started to carve a travel spoon.

On snow in Fairbanks

Uncle Norris

I’ve been in Fairbanks over a week and have just another week here before heading to Europe. When I decided to come to here Anchorage didn’t have the greatest skiing and Birch Hill was setting shallow tracks that sometimes drug through decaying leaves. Birch Hill is consistently the best place for early season, low-snow training. The trail maintenance/grooming crew can make near perfect trails with just a few inches of snow. I might have my Fairbanks bias, but it is also truth.

Training has been great. I had a few days of high volume and then a super good threshold set with Logan. We did our standard threshold course from high school except that we went way farther in ten minutes than we used to. Skate 5×10 on rolling terrain to get used to sliding fast on snow. It was an awesome workout under the lights.

Birch Hill

It has snowed so much since I arrived that even with constant grooming there is always at least a dusting.

Coming home has also meant extra sleep, amazing dinners, snagging sourdough starter from a friend, and seeing my nieces and nephews.

Ava in my old Team FAST vest!

Ava in my old Team FAST vest!

I’m so basic :)

I’m so basic 🙂

On snow in Fairbanks

Uncle Norris

I’ve been in Fairbanks over a week and have just another week here before heading to Europe. When I decided to come to here Anchorage didn’t have the greatest skiing and Birch Hill was setting shallow tracks that sometimes drug through decaying leaves. Birch Hill is consistently the best place for early season, low-snow training. The trail maintenance/grooming crew can make near perfect trails with just a few inches of snow. I might have my Fairbanks bias, but it is also truth.

Training has been great. I had a few days of high volume and then a super good threshold set with Logan. We did our standard threshold course from high school except that we went way farther in ten minutes than we used to. Skate 5×10 on rolling terrain to get used to sliding fast on snow. It was an awesome workout under the lights.

Birch Hill

It has snowed so much since I arrived that even with constant grooming there is always at least a dusting.

Coming home has also meant extra sleep, amazing dinners, snagging sourdough starter from a friend, and seeing my nieces and nephews.

Ava in my old Team FAST vest!

Ava in my old Team FAST vest!

I’m so basic :)

I’m so basic 🙂