The racing season has finally begun. I’m currently in West Yellowstone, MT where the Super Tour has kicked off for the last twenty plus years and I’ve probably raced about a quarter of those. The atmosphere here is filled with excited little skiers from all around the U.S. I spent a few nights at the equipment expo signing posters. I don't know if it’s because its and Olympic year or if skiing is becoming more popular in the U.S. but I have never seen so much excitement at this year’s West Yellowstone season opener. The weather and ski conditions have been perfect too. I've spent a lot of time in west Yellowstone and this year has been a really nice treat!
My summer and fall training has gone better than ever. I accomplished my training goals and I’m feeling really fit. I’m excited to see where my new fitness can bring me!
I had my first races of the year last Friday and Saturday. The results I had were not at all what I was hoping for. I felt strong and I was happy with my recent technique changes but I felt like I couldn’t shift up into top gear. Last year I went into the season a little fresher. My goals this year are later during the season so my plan this season was to train harder in November hoping it will pay off in January and February. I have put a lot of pressure on myself this season and I really hope I can ski up to my expectations. Right now I’m trying to just look forward and not think about the unsuccessful results last weekend.
Tomorrow we head to Bozeman, MT for the second weekend of Super Tours. The forecast is for below zero but luckily Alaska has me trained for cold weather. I'm hungry for some good results so I'm just hoping for a run fair race!
Below is a video my teammate Reese Hanneman made of our APU guys team training on the West Yellowstone Rendezvous trails!