My latest races were in Lake Placid, New York. I won my first SuperTour, and it was probably my best race day ever. Nordic Insights wrote a very nice article about it here, if you want to read a play-by-play.
I met one of my biggest season goals that day, which was a surreal and insanely cool feeling. I knew a day like that was possible in theory, but winning ski races is elusive and a lot of good things have to come together. I’m so thankful for all the support that helped make it a reality - including you people reading this blog. All the support adds up, and I feel like the luckiest skier in the world sometimes with the community around me. I am consistently inspired to put my best foot forward knowing that there are people rooting for me, so thank you for being a part of my journey. It means more than you know. 🙂
Podium with friends! Michaela Keller-Miller and Margie Freed
Crossing the finish line!
The next race was a 10k classic. It wasn't quite as glamorous, but to briefly summarize: I asserted myself to the front of the group only to promptly crash on the downhill. No one else went down - my competitors were luckily very agile and avoided me sliding across the trail. I have no one to blame but myself for this one, and the embarrassment combined with the pain of watching the pack ski away was not quite as fun as winning was, if you’d believe it!
Outside of skiing, I had an extremely nice week with my APU teammates: sitting by the fireplace, eating brownies and icecream, playing cards, and watching the trashiest reality TV imaginable (Love Island) (I do not recommend).
The past month has been filled with good energy and momentum. We’re in Craftsbury, Vermont now for some more racing this weekend. It’s quite peaceful out here in the farms.