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 🙂

NM continues to impress!

This past week has been stellar! I’m finding my groove here in ABQ- early morning roller ski, hide from the sun while geeking out on accounting work, afternoon run or ride, cook Jessica dinner while she studies like a maniac, and then basically repeat 🙂

Lesson learned:

Prepare a snack-pack for any workout over 2.5 hours.

Training at 10,000 feet wipes me out for the rest of the day. Doesn’t effect Jessica.

New Mexican ‘mild’ salsa is HOT

David Norris Sandia Moutain

Jess and I have ran the La Luz trail at least once a week, which is 10-12 miles the way we do it and over 4k feet climbing with the high points over 10k. We’ve been taking the tram back down to the bottom to save our legs, which is pretty nice this time of year.

David Norris Jessica Yeaton
Insulated back pack snack pack

Insulated back pack snack pack

Them $1 tacos I talk about constantly. When I’m cooking its more like Salmon or Sheep with potatoes and salad :)

Them $1 tacos I talk about constantly. When I’m cooking its more like Salmon or Sheep with potatoes and salad 🙂

NM continues to impress!

This past week has been stellar! I’m finding my groove here in ABQ- early morning roller ski, hide from the sun while geeking out on accounting work, afternoon run or ride, cook Jessica dinner while she studies like a maniac, and then basically repeat 🙂

Lesson learned:

Prepare a snack-pack for any workout over 2.5 hours.

Training at 10,000 feet wipes me out for the rest of the day. Doesn’t effect Jessica.

New Mexican ‘mild’ salsa is HOT

David Norris Sandia Moutain

Jess and I have ran the La Luz trail at least once a week, which is 10-12 miles the way we do it and over 4k feet climbing with the high points over 10k. We’ve been taking the tram back down to the bottom to save our legs, which is pretty nice this time of year.

David Norris Jessica Yeaton

Insulated back pack snack pack

Insulated back pack snack pack

Them $1 tacos I talk about constantly. When I’m cooking its more like Salmon or Sheep with potatoes and salad :)

Them $1 tacos I talk about constantly. When I’m cooking its more like Salmon or Sheep with potatoes and salad 🙂

Fall in Albuquerque

After a rainy August and September in Alaska the blue bird days with a weather range of 50-80 degree isn’t treating me poorly 🙂 Thanks to Jessica for choosing to do her Physical Therapy education in ABQ I’ve (we’ve) discovered how truly incredible New Mexico is. This week is roughly my 13th week in ABQ since July 2019. Every week that I’m here is filled with new discoveries- rad trails, insanely good $1 tacos, friends, rattle snakes and locals improving my pronunciations of streets, towns, and Mexican dishes.

Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Trail

Running towards Lobos Peak

Running towards Lobos Peak

Highest point in New Mexico- Wheeler Peak 13,159’.

Highest point in New Mexico- Wheeler Peak 13,159’.

David Norris Jessica Yeaton

Almost certain this photo happened during a Sour Patch Kids Watermelon candy break

David Norris Glorieta

300 yards back I walked a cliff that Jessica rode/fell off…. She is fine, but her scabs are sticking to the bed sheets 🙁

Fall in Albuquerque

After a rainy August and September in Alaska the blue bird days with a weather range of 50-80 degree isn’t treating me poorly 🙂 Thanks to Jessica for choosing to do her Physical Therapy education in ABQ I’ve (we’ve) discovered how truly incredible New Mexico is. This week is roughly my 13th week in ABQ since July 2019. Every week that I’m here is filled with new discoveries- rad trails, insanely good $1 tacos, friends, rattle snakes and locals improving my pronunciations of streets, towns, and Mexican dishes.

Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Trail

Running towards Lobos Peak

Running towards Lobos Peak

Highest point in New Mexico- Wheeler Peak 13,159’.

Highest point in New Mexico- Wheeler Peak 13,159’.

David Norris Jessica Yeaton

Almost certain this photo happened during a Sour Patch Kids Watermelon candy break

David Norris Glorieta

300 yards back I walked a cliff that Jessica rode/fell off…. She is fine, but her scabs are sticking to the bed sheets 🙁

Past Half Way

I am currently updating from Seefeld, Austria. With the weekend off from racing I’m able to have a bit of a recover/training camp here. The camp is going great so far. I’m looking forward to racing World Cup in Scandinavia for the next several weeks before flying back to the States March 9th. I have 11 more World Cup starts left before US Spring Nationals and the end of the season.

Photo Credit: US Ski Team

Photo Credit: US Ski Team

28th place finish in Obersdorf, Germany 30km Skiathlon. I felt really strong and I know I can improve on this result. Lot’s of encouragement came from this race as did much frustration, but I’m walking away finding more positive vibes than negative. Site of the 2021 FIS World Ski Championships!

David Norris USA

Past Half Way

I am currently updating from Seefeld, Austria. With the weekend off from racing I’m able to have a bit of a recover/training camp here. The camp is going great so far. I’m looking forward to racing World Cup in Scandinavia for the next several weeks before flying back to the States March 9th. I have 11 more World Cup starts left before US Spring Nationals and the end of the season.

Photo Credit: US Ski Team

Photo Credit: US Ski Team

28th place finish in Obersdorf, Germany 30km Skiathlon. I felt really strong and I know I can improve on this result. Lot’s of encouragement came from this race as did much frustration, but I’m walking away finding more positive vibes than negative. Site of the 2021 FIS World Ski Championships!

David Norris USA

Living from a suitcase begins

David Norris

I left Anchorage on November 15th with Beitostølen, Norway as my first destination. I will be here for a little over a week training and competing in two distance races over the weekend before traveling to Finland for the first World Cup weekend. I stopped in Seattle for a night, which broke up the travel to Europe nicely. I got to run a fun loop up Tiger Mountain outside of Seattle with a friend before going to the airport.

Landing in Oslo I met up with the rest of the US Ski Team. This week the training has gone really well. It has snowed nearly every day making the trails a winter wonder land. I’ve been able to whip out some intervals and spend some valuable time testing new skis with my wax technician.

Thanks to the jet lag I have been awake each day by 6am. One perk to this wake up time is that I’ve had plenty of time to crush work and check off some lingering to-do list items.

Report so far: Two THUMBS-UP for sure!

Cheeks too cold to smile. Its a real thing: frozen face

Cheeks too cold to smile. Its a real thing: frozen face

Rossignol David NorrisJack Novak David Norris

This is my hired hand, friend, & wax Technician

Jack Novak!!!

Hoping to deliver this season like USPS

Hoping to deliver this season like USPS

Living from a suitcase begins

David Norris

I left Anchorage on November 15th with Beitostølen, Norway as my first destination. I will be here for a little over a week training and competing in two distance races over the weekend before traveling to Finland for the first World Cup weekend. I stopped in Seattle for a night, which broke up the travel to Europe nicely. I got to run a fun loop up Tiger Mountain outside of Seattle with a friend before going to the airport.

Landing in Oslo I met up with the rest of the US Ski Team. This week the training has gone really well. It has snowed nearly every day making the trails a winter wonder land. I’ve been able to whip out some intervals and spend some valuable time testing new skis with my wax technician.

Thanks to the jet lag I have been awake each day by 6am. One perk to this wake up time is that I’ve had plenty of time to crush work and check off some lingering to-do list items.

Report so far: Two THUMBS-UP for sure!

Cheeks too cold to smile. Its a real thing: frozen face

Cheeks too cold to smile. Its a real thing: frozen face

Rossignol David Norris

Jack Novak David Norris

This is my hired hand, friend, & wax Technician

Jack Novak!!!

Hoping to deliver this season like USPS

Hoping to deliver this season like USPS

Cogne, Italy- my favorite stop so far!

Norris Italy Tree

From Davos, we drove to Cogne, Italy. Cogne was definitely my favorite World Cup stop of the season so far. Cogne is a small mountain village with serious old school Alps culture. The entire village was lined with cobbles and the food was seriously delicious. 

Thursday before the races I got to reconnect with Jessica after going different ways from her when I left Vermont. It was great to see her, and luckily her accommodation with Australia was only about a 10-minute walk from my hotel.  From here on out Jessica and I will be on the same itenary: Cogne-Seefeld-Holmenkollen-Falun-Quebec-Presque Isle-Anchorage.

Only 5 weeks left to the season. BOOM.

In addition to being a fun race weekend, Cogne is where I learned of the traditional Alps region drink: Genepi. Jessica got a bit of a cold and the owner of her hotel told her to drink a shot a day to stay healthy. Apparently, Genepi has 50+ herbs in the alcohol and is made from local mountain flowers, giving it countless medicinal properties. Who knows if these claims are accurate, but sipping the stuff sure is tasty. So cheers to good health.

Jessica and I also scored some genuine Italian Birkenstock-like slippers for 20 Euro/pair. They have upped our hotel apparel game significantly. We also bought matching knives, which we will use while slaying fish this summer.

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The races in Cogne were a skate sprint and a 15km classic. I was super stoked for my teammate and longtime Fairbanks bud Logan Hanneman, who qualified for his first World Cup heats. Also, shout out to Kyle Bratrud, who had an awesome performance in the 15k, cracking the top 30 in his first ever world cup. I placed 32nd and felt like I skied pretty well overall- although I definitely think I can improve upon this result in the upcoming races. I feel like I am still on the up and up after a hard camp in Davos and am excited to see how I’ll perform in Seefeld after I give all the training a chance to absorb.