Disappearing For a Quick Month

You know you spend a lot of time away from home when being back feels like a vacation. Even though I have been busy lately it’s just so nice to be sleeping in my own bed, catching up on things, and spending every second of my free time outside.  Alaska has been absolutely beautiful this month. I feel like 99% of the time it has been sunny, clear, and really warm!

April was a month dedicated to resting. Being on the road all winter can be a little stressful on the mind and body. I had some results that made me feel like I was on cloud nine, with those results came some extremely disappointing races. All the excitement from the season though left me feeling depleted in March. The best way for me to prepare for my next season is to rest, refocus, and get amped.

I’m to the third stage already. I put in my time resting, which for me is not always easy. I had to turn off my race mind and do things that would give my body some time to heal. I spent some time in the backcountry, took a trip to Seattle to visit family and sponsors, and got a bunch of schoolwork done.

I think the best way to show what I did this spring is with some pictures so here we go:

I hopped on a jet plane and flew down to Seattle...

I hopped on a jet plane and flew down to Seattle…

Seattle gets some rain but when it shines it's a beautiful city!

Seattle gets some rain but when it shines it’s a beautiful city!

While I was in Seattle I visited some of my sponsors and supporters.

While I was in Seattle I visited some of my sponsors and supporters.

It's expensive to race all over the world. Lund Engineering has been super generous and they are definitely one of my KEY components to reaching the next level. I made this bib for them to hang in their office. 

It’s expensive to race all over the world. Lund Engineering has been super generous and they are definitely one of my KEY components to reaching the next level. I made this bib for them to hang in their office. 

I got to hang out with Rhodes and Betty Buttler, some new nordic skiing fans.

I got to hang out with Rhodes and Betty Buttler, some new nordic skiing fans.

They got some team Bjornsen shirts to bring to "show and tell".

They got some team Bjornsen shirts to bring to “show and tell”.

It's been a while since I have gotten to play around in the Seattle so I made sure to hit up all of my favorite spots.

It’s been a while since I have gotten to play around in the Seattle so I made sure to hit up all of my favorite spots.

Lots of cool art downtown

Lots of cool art downtown

My Grandma and Grandpa took me up the Space Needle when I was really young. It was great to experience it again!

My Grandma and Grandpa took me up the Space Needle when I was really young. It was great to experience it again!

We were really lucky with the weather.  Marine made sure to get 10,000 pictures…. 

We were really lucky with the weather.  Marine made sure to get 10,000 pictures…. 

Had to hit up Pike Place Market of course!

Had to hit up Pike Place Market of course!

Back to Alaska

Back to Alaska

The crust skiing was good in the mornings all the way into May.

The crust skiing was good in the mornings all the way into May.

Nothing beats crust skiing in Alaska. 

Nothing beats crust skiing in Alaska. 

Most of the mountains around town are snow free, so the mountain running is great right now!

Most of the mountains around town are snow free, so the mountain running is great right now!

Now its back to rollerskiing! 

Now its back to rollerskiing! 

and training hard!

and training hard!

Thanks for reading AND thank YOU for supporting me!  I’m on my way to Bend, OR for my first U.S. Ski Team camp of the 2014-2015 season, lets get this thing going! Time to reach for the stars and let everyone know what the U.S. is made of.