Former biathlete, current coach….all round nordic enthusiast!

An elite athlete competing in the sport of biathlon: nordic ski racing combined with marksmanship

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


It’s finally here….the weather is awesome here in The County and training couldn’t be better. The last couple of weeks have been very busy so here’s the short of it, but first:

This bike ride is a fundraiser for a children’s diabetes camp where kids can learn to lead healthy, happy lives while taking care for their diabetes. Please help me help kids from across the country to become healthier, more active individuals.

Now, on to the adventures of my last few weeks in Maine….

The last full week in June we had our Maine Winter Sports team orientation: five days in Caribou packed full with training, physical testing, educational sessions, team building, goal setting, meetings, and planning. We are a much more united team than ever before and it’s going to be a great year of training and racing in Aroostook County. Oh...did I mention that we (MWSC) have a sweet new deal with Mt. Borah, a custom training/racing apparel company. They set us up with some really fun training clothes (bike kits, running wear, and rollerski stuff) for the summer.....all of which is available for purchase to MWSC fans and fellow skiers if you're interested, just ask!

Last week we had our first bigger volume block here in Fort Kent, coupled with a short shooting camp to help us hone in on things we can improve and things we’re doing well. At the end of the week Seth and I took a mini vacation and went downstate to help celebrate his brother’s 30th birthday and pay a trip to Mt. Katahdin. Although a lifelong resident of Maine, it was Seth’s first trip up Katahdin….although I can’t make fun of him, as I’ve never summated Mt. Washington. It will happen some day. It must.
As always, I know a blog is much more interesting to follow if it’s filled with pictures, so here you are: 
Lupines abound in Stockholm, ME

Flowers and sun in Farmington, ME while visiting Seth's parents.

Sunset over Lake Ambajejus at the southern entrance to Baxter the night before we climbed Katahdin. It was a very buggy evening....less than pleasant. I did however, get to experience my first spud launcher, complete with sparklers so we could track the flying spud until it hit the water. 

Earlier in the evening on Lake Ambajejus....that's Katahdin in the distance over the lake. 

A baby woodpecker who was spying on us as we set out onto Abol Slide trail up Katahdin. 

Peak of Katahdin...just clear enough to see everything.

Happy Fourth of July! 

Seth and I taking a break from rock hopping to enjoy the views from the peak. 

Sarah and Andy, some of Seth's friends (and now mine too!) from Farmington joined us for our Katahdin adventure. 

This week promises lots of excitement: IMBA mountain bike trail building here in Fort Kent, the Maine Team camp for high school Nordic skiers (also in Fort Kent), our first 10th Mountain rollerski time trial of the summer, and for me: 7 interval sessions in 4 days….it’s time to get fast!

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