Kikkan Randall - best distance skate race, best distance race. Hard work, get beat, hard work, improve, hard work, get beat, hard work, medal on world cup, hard work get beat, hard work, win worlds medal, hard work, improve, hard work...
sugar snow on ice.
Freeman - on track!
Morgan Arritola hammering through a hard race. A tough race is sometimes the best opportunity to learn.
Kikkan Randall pacing the effort well.
Very few are near the top every weekend. Most have serious ups and downs. But racing the hammer is always down and results be what they are...
Liz Stephen fighting it out. To learn from a race you have to go as fast as you can on the day and accept the outcome. From there you can evaluate the effort itself as well as the preparation leading up to it. Work hard, get beat, work hard, improve, work hard...
Heading toward the finishing stretch in Beitostolen.
Start of the relay.
High and forward. Questions?
So many can go so fast. To be among the best you have to train, rest, and prepare as well as the best. Have no doubts. To be the best...
Kris Freeman testing some technical things we've been working on Head-to-head racing and workouts give instant feedback.
Torin Koos. Great prep for Kuusamo.
Andy Newell - two top notch distance efforts so far this year.
Lars Flora. US Continental Cup Winner.
Traveling directly after the race. We were done packing up the wax room at 4:30 and on the bus to Oslo at 5:10. Only 10 minutes late - not bad for the task and time we had.
Kuusamo (Wadsworth photo).
Heading out for the first ski in Kuusamo.
High energy! It is great to see our skiers' mood so high after some hard racing and long travel.
A hard race is a hard race and a tough result can be tough to take, but stay bummed out rather than learn, move on and head into the next race ready to rip and you are just wasting energy. And hey, if you think your bad race was a bummer check out the way most the world lives... and here is a way to help there too: www.righttoplay.com
Also, check out the new NCCSEF website at www.nccsef.org Donate to support the development of skiing in the USA. There are some good pages here about the US development pipeline as well as development opportunities and best practices. There is also a sweet new calendar out (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on that).