Once again, I'm looking back at my blog and noticing that it's been over two months since I last posted! This always seems to happen this time of year, and honestly I'm ok with letting my blog lapse in the springtime. In general it means I'm spending a lot of time doing other activities, and not very much time thinking about skiing. April is the best time of year for me to recover mentally and physically from the long season, catch up with family and friends that I've been missing all year, and pack in all my favorite activities that aren't necessarily the best for "training" during the rest of the year. It's also a good time of year to figure out what worked last season, and what changes I can make for the upcoming year to make things even better. I made a few changes on that front, which I'll get to in a bit. But first, a quick skim of what happened this spring!
Since I last wrote, I raced at Spring Series in Fairbanks. There isn't much to say about those races- I got sick on the travel day there and ended up with a stubborn sinus infection, so I sat out both the skiathlon and the relay. I had a lackluster skate sprint, and then convinced myself to race the 30k skate, which wasn't a great idea. It's wasn't that I had a bad race, but my energy was not in a good place for a race that long at the end of the season, and my sinuses flared up again a few days later. So, anyways, it wasn't awesome and I was pretty excited to be done with racing after that week.
I flew straight from Fairbanks to Ambler, AK to do NANA Nordic for a week. I wrote a blog about that experience for the Craftsbury website, so if you're curious, click on the link below. Here's a few photos from the trip that didn't make that blog:
|Gorgeous snowy landscapes in Ambler, waiting for the kids|
to find me in a scavenger hunt
|After school skiers- two cuties skiing on the lake|
|What's more exhausting- racing a 30k, or pulling kids around|
for 10 hours a day? I'm still not sure
|Hung my Martenitsa bracelet (it's a Bulgarian tradition) on a |
tree outside of Anchorage, so hopefully I'll have good luck all
|View from Gooseberry Mesa, outside of Hurricane Utah|
|Sunsets on the mesa with an awesome crew after a day of|
mountain biking (and right before the best fire roasted
sweet potato burritos ever made)
|I got to play doggy aunt for a bit with my brother's border collie|
mix Marty. He's super energetic and bouncy, and loved frolicking
around in this late season snow
|Kayaking from St. Andrew's State Park|
|Seaside, FL, a little gem of a resort town on the Florida panhandle|
|Back to Utah, and Heather came through PC on her way to|
Truckee, so we of course had to bust out the skinny skis and get up
|Mountain biking with two of my favs :)|
Other than that, we had a testing week to kick off summer training, which reaffirmed that there is ample work to do this summer. I've been keeping busy between training and work projects, as well as getting in some fun stuff too. The weather theme of the spring so far has been cold and rainy, and I'm eagerly awaiting the start of real summer, so I can pack away my down comforter and get back to running in tank tops. I don't have any training photos, but hopefully I'll get some into my next blog, and in the meantime here's a smattering of life shots from the past few weeks.
|The kitchen in my new place, successfully used|
so far to bake ample bread and granola. Next up-
I'll be trying my hand at brewing my own
|Our view from the backyard- Mt. Mansfield looming in the|
|Our window "greenhouse" as of two weeks ago. |
So far- tomatoes, cukes, winter squash, onions, basil, and marigolds.
I'll have to post an updated photo in my next blog as things are
sprouting like crazy
|Terrible photo quality, but an awesome time at the barn dance/|
library fundraiser in Craftsbury
|My trusty Subaru officially became a Vermonter this year,|
which may have been a bit overdue, but better late than never!
|Getting in lots of puppy time this spring too! Here's Ellie,|
Ethan's new pointer/lab mix, hanging out on the porch at the
|Susan's parents just got a new golden|
retriever puppy, Paddington. He decided
he liked using my shirt as a chew toy,
so I'm holding him where he can't bite me!
|And of course, I've been back getting my hands dirty|
in the Center's gardens, planting kale, swiss chard,
cabbage, and tomatoes so far, more to come soon!