Efficacy and Adventure: You’ll find both here.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site. You’ve had a glimpse of my passion, you’ve seen what I want to be able to do for you. Here in this blog I can share quick tips, musings, and even in-depth lessons all related to making your endurance training the most effective it can be, for you to peruse at your leisure. But I want to bring you more than that.
This is my little corner of the web where I can share my endurance adventures! What good is it to tell you how much I love endurance sports, show you my credentials and past successes, blah blah blah. Endurance sports are what my life has always been built around, and that exciting statement has far greater implications now than ever before. I want to take you along for the ride, and let you in on my personal athletic life, in all its mess and glory. Let me explain:
In 2015 I graduated from Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. For those of you who graduated a long time ago or knew exactly what you wanted out of life or have never had an identity crisis, let me give you a quick refresher what this transition is like:
Me for my whole life up until June 2015: Nordie*. Student. Life paid for and structured by athletic teams and academic scholarships. Travel determined by race schedule. No straying outside the lines.
Me after June 2015: AHHH! Empty void, infinite possibility, crippling anxiety, what do I want to do with my life!? Who am I!? (Oh, and I have to take care of myself now too?)
Okay, so it wasn’t quite that bad. I did know, for example, roughly how to take care of myself before graduating.
The thing is, for my whole life, right up until April (April!) of 2015, I thought what I wanted was to be an Olympian. Specifically, an Olympic biathlete.
Turns out…that might not be what I want. How do you decide, after 12 years of dreaming and working and learning, that you don’t want to be an Olympian!?
So you start to see where the identity crisis comes in.
The truth is, you decide this because in 12 years of working with outstanding coaches and athletes, traveling extensively, experiencing the hype and pressure that comes with being talented, and enjoying/suffering through the ups and downs of fantastic successes and brutal failures, you get to know yourself. And the extent of my knowledge of myself and of how endurance sports really work has become clear to me because of this sudden opportunity to make changes in my own athletic path.
I tell you this anecdote because it is key to understanding what I’m doing now and why. In this blog I will explore my own athletic identity (including my training and racing,) how it fits into a big, full life, and where in the world it is taking me. (Literally. Travel has always been one of my favorite parts of my athletic life.**)
In this way I hope to show you who I am, what I do, and take you along for the
*Nordie (n.) Colloquial term for a Nordic skier. Implies hard-core-ness, absurd fitness, and general insanity
**Some of the cool places I’ve traveled to in my quest for Endurance Adventures are posted on my Homepage. If you’re wondering where these Adventures took place, they are: Myself running on a beach in Costa Rica, my partner-in-crime running on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake (UT,) the Dartmouth ski team in Silver Star, BC in 2013, and myself again on my home mountain in NH, Moosilauke.
Some more recent Adventures