Looks like you didn't start today with a small cold. We've heard lots of talk throughout the US camp of some bad viruses. How do you guys manage illness on the road? What are steps that you take?
Bummer to sit on the sidelines this weekend. I have had a French boyfriend for nearly 7 years now, and I spend any free time during the winter in France, so I was really looking forward to racing on what was going to feel as close to "home course" as I can get. Unfortunately I got a cold that has made its round with our team. I have huge goals the rest of the season, and one of my favorite events, the TDS is pretty close, so I wanted to make sure being healthy was the top priority above all other emotions.
You've been amazingly consistent this year, wracking up results right around the top ten. How are you feeling and what do you credit your consistency with?
Staying healthy for four months on the road is what I consider the toughest part of our job! We always try to separate the sick people as much as possible, but you just can't control it sometimes. Many other teams would just send their sick people home, but that isn't an option for the American team, so we try to do the best we can. That starts with trying to manage fatigue as well as possible. One of my period 1 solutions is to try to sit at least one race when we first get to altitude. That often means sitting the distance race in Davos so that I don't ever get too tired. That plan didn't work quite as well as I hoped this year, but that's just part of the game.
What do the next few weeks hold for you training-wise and what races are you looking forward to?I have had some consistent racing at the start of the season, and I am definitely encouraged by that. I didn't have the preparation I was hoping for leading into this season with bone spur issues, so I honestly didn't know what to expect. On the other hand, I know I am capable of more, so I am glad it is a long season!
Any good stories from your travels to share from this year?
These next few weeks I will try to get some training in after a sick week, and getting myself ready for the TDS big battle. This has always been my favorite style of racing, and even more so as I have become more consistent with all distances. Hopefully this little rest this week was a type of blessing in disguise to arrive ready to fight. Following that, I am really looking forward to World Championships and fighting for some medals there!
You guys have been in Davos in years past for Christmas. Is that the same plan? How will you celebrate the holiday and ring in the new year?
One of the most interesting "facts" or "stories" from the road is managing this life of ski racing when there is rarely winter around us anymore. We are often chasing white ribbon paths around the world, hoping to find a place with manmade tracks. I have almost forgotten what a white Christmas would look like!I have spent the past four Christmas breaks in Meribel, France where my boyfriend is from, so I haven't joined the Davos train. Unfortunately, there is no snow on the nordic trails in Meribel this year, so I may have to search for the snow instead of the holiday this year unfortunately. Santa might need to get a sled with wheels to stay in business, sadly!