Going to World Champs!

After another month of racing, I’ve got exciting news– I’ve qualified for Senior World Championships! The races are late February in Seefeld, Austria, and I am SO excited. The last time I was in Seefeld was for the 2012 Youth Olympics, so it’s pretty cool to be heading back there again.

 

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Skate sprint at trials

Despite a disappointing start to the season, I had a solid training block over the Christmas break, and in early January I started feeling really good on skis again. Katie, Erin, Mia and I headed to Craftsbury, Vermont, to race at US Nationals. I had a distance race I was happy with, and I had some fun fighting it out in the sprint heats. I was especially happy to get in two solid qualifiers after not qualifying well in December. Turns out the key was just to think less and go harder!

Next, I went to Chelsea with Katherine for a week. A week of skiing in the Gatineau Park, hanging out with arguably the world’s prettiest dog Flo, playing Bananagrams, and reading by the window seat was the perfect way to relax mentally before trials. I entered trials week feeling happy, ready to race, and fast!

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Classic race at US Nationals. Photo: Reese Brown

At trials, my focus was definitely on the sprint. I was nervous in the week leading up to the race, but I was able to use the pressure to help me execute my race plan. I won the sprint and secured my spot at World Champs! I can’t say trials races are particularly fun (trials = mega nerves/stress/pressure) but the feeling after the race was amazing.

Now I’m heading overseas for a training camp in Davos, Switzerland. Then I’ll go to Lahti and Cogne for some World Cups, and finally to Seefeld for World Champs. All of the NST women have qualified, and I can’t wait to see what we can do!

You can follow the results at https://www.fis-ski.com/en/cross-country and watch replays of the race at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicSkiTrack. The schedule looks like this:

  • February 9-10, Lahti (FIN) World Cup
  • February 16-17, Cogne (ITA) World Cup
  • February 21-March 3, Seefeld (AUT) World Championships

 

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