This summer was great. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I don’t believe this opinion is inflated as a result of writing this blog retrospectively from Finland. Over the summer I accomplished a lot of the things I wanted to- mountain bike more, train a lot, go fishing, go on my first sheep hunt, race Mt. Marathon again, and start a business.
I went to Eagle Glacier for two training camps this summer. Training with the boys up there was fantastic - with the exception of Forrest trying to hit me with snow balls.
The snow conditions and weather on the glacier were phenomenal in June and July. Because of these conditions, I skied more during those two camps than in previous years. During June camp, I tried to torch myself- knowing that I just had to race Bird Ridge after the camp before a week long break of set net fishing for salmon. On the other hand, July camp was basically the opposite. I came into that camp fairly rested due to my post Mt Marathon legs, which left me immobile for a few days. After Mt Marathon, my legs were so swollen and sore that I actually avoided walking up and downs stairs. This led me to spend some extra time recovering after the race, and eventually I healed with no long-term aches and pains. I was also able to use my fresh legs to put in the most productive glacier camp of my life in July.
Mt Marathon is guaranteed fun, but sharing the win with Jessica was a huge bonus. Luke also threw down in his first adult category race. Getting to know more folks in the Alaska mountain running circuit has been super fun, and I am really grateful for this community.
I did quite a bit of hunting (for me) this fall, but unfortunately came home empty handed. I learned a ton on my sheep hunt and I cannot wait for a second try next August. On a different hunt I ventured into some amazing goat country and saw lots of sign- so I am optimistic for next year.
Jessica continues to land larger fish than I. Take note: check out the water dripping off that hog. Her etiquette is on point #keepemwet
To wrap up an awesome summer. Park City training camp in October also went really well. This camp always signifies the end summer- although this fall PC was snowy and rarely offered that last boost of Vit D I generally count on. I would post more training pictures, but I rarely take pictures during workouts. Summer training is a huge a focus for me and equally as enjoyable as my other activities. So do not let the lack of photographic evidence confuse you :)