Earlier this month I traveled to Jericho, Vermont for the North American Summer Nationals rollerski races (I'm not sure if that's the actual name, we typically just call them the Jericho Rollerski Races). These were also the first set of World Cup/IBU Cup Team Trials, although in the past they mattered much more...in the criteria this year they will only take AT MOST one result from this weekend. I went into the race weekend relaxed and with zero expectations. I know that I'm typically not skiing fast in comparison to others during the summer, so I was just trying to do my best on the skis and focused more on the shooting range.
Views from the ferry to VT!
Saw this awesome VW THING at the Jericho County Store - Armin, Paul, and Mike chatted with the owner while enjoying their Maple Creemees.
The races went about as well as I expected! I felt okay on the skis, but definitely not as good as I have felt in some time trials earlier this summer. My shooting during the Sprint was not as I had hoped for (2,0) - I'm not entirely sure what happened during the prone stage, but I was happy to clean my standing stage. The Mass Start was as fun as it always is - total chaos on the first loop! I enjoy skiing in a pack, so it was nice to have people to ski with during every loop. My shooting was mediocre (1,0,2,0) - I still have some improving to do, but I'm happy with the clean stages.
Sprint Results here
Mass Start Results here
The start of the Mass Start.
Shooting with Joanne and Clare during the Mass Start.
(I'm in bib 6, Joanne in 8, Clare in 7)
Skiing into the range with Joanne (and Armin chasing us!)
Stoked to have some Phan Club members cheering me on during the Sprint race!!
After the races ended, the women's team headed over to Craftsbury, Vermont for a week-long training camp. I was excited to get back there because the food is amazing, the people are friendly, and the scenary is beautiful. The week was a volume focused week, meaning we didn't do many intervals and instead did longer training sessions. Most workouts were 2 hours or longer, with a few that were maybe 1.5 hr. I was pretty happy to have a volume week after the hard races, and I had a blast spending long hours training with my USBA teammates and the Craftsbury GRP ladies!
Classic rollerskiing with the gang!
It may look like we're doing yoga...but this was right before our 45min core session in Susan's beautiful backyard.
We brought Armin to the most American thing we could think of - the County Fair featuring a Demolition Derby! He LOVED it, had a huge grin on his face and couldn't stop taking photos.
Susan and I released our inner child and hopped on this ride!
While in Craftsbury, I was getting frustrated with my rifle stock. I've been having a few issues with it recently and had decided to try the Lost Nation R&D biathlon stock! My teammates Emily Dreissigacker, Hallie Grossman, and Alex Howe all use their stock and have stated how much they like the adjustibility of it - so I figured I might as well try it out. I loved it, and am super excited to be working with them this season! If you're interested in learning more about the rifle stock and their business, be sure to check them out here.
A close up on the new Lost Nation R&D rifle stock!
Working with Mike on adjustments.
Harder to see the stock in this photo, but here I am shooting with it!
Once the Craftsbury camp ended, I packed up my bags and headed down to North Carolina in the Outer Banks for a family vacation! We used to go to the OBX all the time when I was a kid, my extended family would all get together in a giant beach house and spend a week at the beach. We decided it's been too long (10-15 years), and we needed to go again! It was so much fun! The week consisted of lounging on the beach, boogy boarding, jumping in the waves, visiting a light house, eating lots of ice cream and donuts, hunting for crabs, going to the aquarium, finishing a ton of puzzles, and playing cards. I didn't want to leave.
Visiting the Currituck Lighthouse with Dustin.
One of the 5 puzzles we completed over the beach week!
Walking on the beach during sunset.
Last night at the beach! Do I have to leave?
I finally got home last night from our week-long vacation, and spent all day today unpacking and repacking because tomorrow is the day I finally move out to Colorado! I'm packing up the car and driving out with my Mom. It'll take us three days, and we'll be spending the night in Ohio, Missouri, and then finally Colorado! It will be a lot of driving, but I'm excited to finally get all of my belongings out there and start a new adventure. I'll be settling into my new home for a few weeks, and then I'll be driving out to Utah for a training camp with Joanne Reid, and Kelly Kjorlien! Until then, I hope you all enjoy the last days of summer!
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