It’s a Lifestyle

I’m waiting in the starting pen, the 20 degree wind blowing gently across the stadium as the clock beeps the tell-tale tones of another racer starting. I chisel the chunks of snow out of the bottom of my boot and clip into my skis. I step up to the wand.

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“Beep… Beep… Beep….Beeeeeeeep”

I try to start but for some reason my feet just won’t move.

“Beep… Beep… Beep…. Beeeeeeeep”

“Thwap!”

Groggily, I fumble through the sheets looking for my persistently beeping phone. It’s 5:52 am and my body feels like a sack of bricks. I roll over placing my index and middle finger on the underside of my wrist. 10 beats in 15 seconds, 40 BMP. Not a bad AM pulse, but that’s a little higher than normal. I’ll have to drink lots of water today and make sure I haven’t caught the back-to-school-plague that seems to have taken over the school.

Stepping outside, the entire town seems dead. If it weren’t for the street lights, I’d be unlocking my bike by starlight. Occasionally I’ll pass by a group of ROTC students running in synchrony, but until arriving at the Student Development Center there’s no one in sight.  This morning we’ll be doing metronomes, a workout where we double pole around the track at different tempos to work on technique and speed.

Name: Metronomes

Total Time: 45-60 min

Goal: Focus on high quality technique while using different tempos. Immediately apply this to sprints and starts. 

Warm-up: ~10 minutes or 3 songs

The Workout:

Set 1:  (with metronome playing over loudspeakers)

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Speeds during Metronomes: Can you catch the blur in front of you?

2:30 @ 50 BPM

0:20 @ 60 BPM

0:10 @ 80 BPM

Repeat 3-5x

Set Break: Length= one song of your choice

Set 2: 

6-10x 100m sprints

Cool down: ~10 minutes

This workout has a lot of benefits.

  • It teaches the athlete how to ski using varying tempos
  • By skiing around the track, it is much easier for coaches to work with athletes of different speeds and track progress throughout the session
  • Technique and tempo can be applied immediately during the 100m sprints
  • It’s good mass start practice due to the amount of passing that occurs
  • Pace lines will form and it’s fun to go fast in a group!
  • There are a lot of opportunities for younger skiers to ski with, watch and learn from older people on the team. 
  • You get to listen to music
  • No Cars!

But be careful, this is an intensity session and should be counted as such. Recovery in between the 80BMP and sprints should be a priority.

Sunrise on campus

By 7:30 the sun is painting the sky hues of pink, purple and yellow. It’s not hard to realize how lucky we are to live in a place like this.

In class, while other students are guzzling coffee trying not to nod off, I’ve got positive endorphins keeping me engaged. However, as the day continues I find myself gazing out the window as storm clouds congregate on the horizon. It’s supposed to rain tonight. Right now I keep my fingers crossed that the rain will go somewhere else, keeping our roads dry for practice this afternoon. In a few weeks these clouds will hold potential for snow. As my professor fills the board with equations, I day dream about how much snow we’d get if it were 15° cooler.

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Class time: Where recovery and learning come together

Excelling in any sport takes an extreme amount of commitment and self discipline. It takes over your thoughts, drives your decision making process and rules your schedule. Every moment of the day is carefully crafted to strengthen your body through nutrition, intensity, recovery or education. It’s an all encompassing full time job.  Luckily, this job comes naturally when you have passion for the sport. It begs us to reach higher, to do one more pull-up, to push the limits of comfort and ultimately persevere. What are your goals this season?

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#MyRaceStartsHere

Alice’s Back to School Check-List

September 8th, the day after Labor Day and my very first day of school!

Ok, so it’s not actually my first day of school… but it is for thousands of students across the country! Attending new classes, preparing themselves for the wonderful opportunities that await them. For me this is no different, it is going to be an awesome year of adapting to changes.

As many of my friends and co-workers know, I am a huge fan of lists. Lists allow me to organize my life, keep promises, and most importantly lay out responsibilities in a manageable way.  This year I have once again implemented a List of Lists to organize my life; however this year I’ve added an important “Sanity Items” section.  This is intended to keep my commitments realistic. In the past I have started allegorical forest fires from all my two ended burning candles. That is not a sustainable juggling act.  Everything was always so rushed I rarely had time to enjoy what wonderful things are right outside my back door.  By setting up a schedule that matches a typical 40-hr/week job, I am hoping to create benchmarks at which I can reward myself in the form of “Free Time.”

With the conclusion of the first week of classes, so far so good. My homework assignments are done days in advance and my training log is finally getting back on track with my goals. It feels like it’s going to be a good year, hopefully the lists can keep up the good work!

To-Do:

SKIING

  • Pull high vis fall training clothes out from 
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    Feeling like a champ at the top of Brockway Mountain Next Step: Ride down and climb back up!

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  • Get training calendar from the Michigan Tech Nordic Team
    • Confirm with coaches that I can join their workouts
  • Update training log
    • Share new entries with coaches
    • Input anticipated workouts for the week
  • Work on new blog posts (yay!)
  • Do awesome workouts each day
    • Share pictures with CXC
  • Morning strength
    • Complete with post-workout sunrise viewing!
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Feeling accomplished and its only 7:45, let the day begin!

SCHOOL

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    Meet with Graduate Adviser to confirm graduation requirements
  • Order textbooks and building codes
    • Perform the world record 100yd dash to the mailbox upon delivery confirmation
  • Find leftover notebooks/binders from last year
    • Go office supplies shopping for any remaining items
  • Meticulously color code, highlight and tab out class notes
  • Make food for the week
    • Bread
    • Cinnamon Rolls
    • Pretzels
    • Ice Cream
  • Do some studying with a view

    Studying along the canal and getting distracted by the sunset

    Studying along the canal and getting distracted by the sunset

SANITY ITEMS

  • Balance the equation: Skiing+School+Work+Life=Happiness
    • Develop a schedule that includes free time
    • Try not to procrastinate
    • Don’t overbook yourself!
  • Go Fly Fishing!
  • Start a Kitchen Dance Party
  • Sleep in a tent

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Relaxing on the riverbank successfully fly fishing with Ruth!

Being a student-athlete is a huge time commitment and a ton of fun; but it can be far too easy to get caught up in a over-restrictive schedule. For me, high stress generally corresponds to poor performance in the classroom or on the trails.  By blocking off specific time each week to turn off my cell-phone, to watch the fish swim by, tromp through the woods, or sleep under the stars, I am hoping that the stresses from graduate school and ski training will be negated. Even if momentarily. Finding the balance won’t be easy, but that’s a challenge I’m looking forward to this season and throughout the school year.

Happiness is Paramount.

“Where have you been?!?”

The past month has been a whirlwind adventure. At the beginning of May I graduated from Michigan Tech with my Civil Engineering degree. Being able to share this huge cornerstone with so many friends and family members was a real treat. This set the tone for the rest of the month.

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Walking at commencement. Thanks for the picture Sarah Bird!

Only two days later, my newly earned degree was already being tested by Minnesota Board of Architecture and Engineering (AELSLAGID, civil engineers do love their acronyms). The 6 hour Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covers everything from circuits to pipe flow to concrete beam design. By passing this exam and graduating, the board then awards you with an Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate. This is the first step in becoming a licensed Professional Engineer!20150513_212102

Once back in The Cities, the week quickly filled with getting back into training, catching up with friends and visiting family. That weekend my dad and I hopped into the car and made our way to the land of cheese to watch my cousin hop around stage in her High School’s production of Tarzan.  This trip coincided perfectly with treadmill testing at the CXC office in Madison. After sitting in a library chair for the past two months studying for exams, running on a treadmill as fast as you can for as long as you can really hurts. Andy and Marty did a great job explaining what all the lines and numbers represent, and as expected, I’ve got some work to do this summer. As if running isn’t hard enough, next was skiing on the treadmill. Rollerskiing on a moving belt creates and entirely different dimension of difficultly to the already kinda sketchy activity. It’s a really weird sensation, but after figuring out a good rhythm, it’s easy to see that this is a great coaching tool. It’s pretty fun too! And no asphalt!

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Rollerskiing in Madison

Press Release: Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders Join CXC Team

May 11th (Woah, it’s only May 11th??) was my first day at WJE, an engineering and architecture firm that does building restoration and forensic analysis. The people are GREAT! The work is super interesting and I am unbelievably excited and extremely grateful that they are letting me join them as an intern for the summer.

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Click on the picture to see the cool things these engineers and architects get to do.

Work has been a lot of fun. (yes, fun!) Before this year, I had no idea that jobs exist where you get to be onsite, outside and do engineering mathy stuff. However being flexible with training and not stressing out over little things is going to be tricky due to the sometimes long hours. Let the balancing act between working full time and training begin.

That Saturday my mom and I celebrated Mother’s Day by attending Hopkin’s Main Street Days as a vendor for their art sale. The air was filled with smells of deep fried food, kids had their faces painted, and the rain decided not to show up, all telling everyone that summer is officially on it’s way.

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Spending time with my Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! (belated)

Over Memorial Day, the Copper Harbor Trails Club hosted Ride the Keweenaw, so of course this requires a trip back to Houghton. The long weekend couldn’t have come at a better time with respect to training. After a week of long hours at work, a mini-Houghton training camp was the perfect solution. Multiple OD’s of various modes and playing in the woods saved the week from being a total training bust.

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Back in da Yoop!

The topper to this whirlwind of May, was spending a fantastic weekend in the Detroit area. This weekend is by far, the best vacation I have had in years. It was a weekend full of firsts: the first time I’ve been downstate, first time receiving door to terminal entertainment during a flight,* and for the first time since starting to ski competitively, I didn’t have to worry about work, school, or training (planned off days of course). It has been a great reminder of how easy it is to get caught up in the hectic world of balancing working and training. This past month, I forgot how important it is to cut time out of the day to take care of yourself. Just like in training, after putting heavy stress on your body, it’s important to have adequate recovery.

Please pass the Chocolate Milk and a Pasty! It’s time to recover and prepare for whatever comes next.

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*Coming home, our shuttle driver narrated (with musical accompaniment) the entire ride from the car rental place to the airport. Then, on the plane one of the flight attendants began doing magic tricks and even taught us how to do one of them! I’m going to need a lot more practice. 

10 Tips to Surviving Finals Week

It’s that time of year again. The ski season has been over for over a month and since then all of the student-athletes have been working hard to catch up academically.

5 years, 10 finals weeks, and 144 credits later; here are some of the tricks that got me through the most stressful weeks of the year.

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1: Get Some Exercise

1. Get some exercise: It’s no secret that studying can make your brain feel like mashed potatoes. Getting out and moving around for a little bit does wonders for being able to re-organize the brain. Even all you can manage is a 15 minute power jog around the track, it’ll be well worth it.

2. Take over an abandoned classroom: They are usually really quiet, have one computer so there’s no one else to distract you, and they have lots of chalkboard/whiteboard space to work out old homework problems and practice questions. I’m especially a fan of the classrooms without windows (for studying purposes) due to the lack of day dreaming possibilities.

3. Unless you absolutely need it, turn off the wi-fi on your computer: Facebook, Tumbler, Reddit, Twitter, Cat Videos on YouTube, you name it… All of these can be really fun, but will not help on exam day. One year I tried watching Hercules to study for a Greek Gods and Goddesses exam. It didn’t work.

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4: Bring Appropriate rations of Food to Campus

4. Bring appropriate rations of food to campus: If you’re going to be spending 12+ hours of the day on campus, it’s important that you have the appropriate amount of food with you. Too much and you’ll procrastinate by eating the day away.  Not enough food and your mind will drift towards the refrigerator. Healthy snacks are nice, but treating yourself to some M&M’s can really turn the study session around (see number 8)

5. Don’t forget your headphones (even if you don’t want to listen to music): There seems to be an unspoken rule that if someone has headphones on they are concentrating hard and do not want to be bothered. If there isn’t a quite place to study, this alternative has worked for me on multiple occasions. It is especially nice if you have a pair that blocks out surrounding noise.

6. Figure out what is “good enough”: It is really important to keep in perspective what amount of work is adequate for achieving the goals of your courses. Ideally this will help reduce stress because it takes into account all of the hard work you have done earlier in the semester. Although it’s still a form of procrastination, this can provide a realistic goal to reach towards other than a 100%

7. Prioritize: Similar to number 6, choosing which courses need more attention is super helpful when determining what studying needs to happen and when. By prioritizing and allotting specific time for each exam, you can ensure that enough time will be spent on each one to reach your “good enough” benchmark.

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8: Chocolate or other Baked Goods

8. Chocolate or other baked goods: One of the few perks of having your birthday or the holidays during finals week, is that there always seems to be cake and other goodies around. Chocolate or other baked goods make a wonderful reward after a long day of studying or testing.

9. It’s not too late to ask for help: Traveling the entire first half of spring semester for skiing makes the second half really challenging. On more than one occasion I have had a final exam bump me up entire letter grade because I spent the extra time studying and asked my professors for help. Professors want to see their students succeed and are more than happy to help if you also put in the effort.

10. Remember: No matter what you do, time will continue forward at a steady pace. 

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Although finals are stressful, they have a finish line and it will predictably get closer one day at a time. Happy Studying!

John Oliver’s Infrastructure

In one of his recent episodes John Oliver talks about the issues we have with our country’s infrastructure. Through humor he makes a lot of good points, ones that I can especially appreciate since I’m going to be the helping to fix this problem.

This video is totally worth the 20 minutes, but if you don’t have time to watch the entire thing, at least watch the last 5 or so minutes.

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All Hail the Wax Techs and Inspiration From Afar

 

Part 1: All Hail the Wax Techs

The weekend before the NCAA Regional competition (better known as Birkie weekend) our team was invited to do a small time-trial race at Al-Quaal to practice racing the course. Those of us who chose not to attend the greatest ski race in the country (The Birkie) waxed our skis with the black stuff on the wax bench, and set off to Ishpeming for some quality time on snow.

When we got to the venue and the sun was so bright and warm it felt like a beach! Except it wasn’t actually warm, it was really freaking cold. But the sun was out! and as long as you stayed out of the wind and shade it was lovely. (We hadn’t seen the sun in a while.)  The format was 5km skate, so we lined up, and at perfect intervals set off on the Teal Lake Loop. Everyone raced hard and it felt good, like racing.

After the race Joe, who was out at his favorite splits spot, came up to me and said, “Nice work today, but what did you put on your skis?! They sounded really slow.” That’s when we realized that many of us had put the wrong stuff on our skis and are helpless when it comes to waxing for ourselves on race day. .

Words of Encouragement from our beloved Wax Techs

Words of Encouragement from wax tech and coach AJ

That weekend I was 45 seconds behind the leader. The very next weekend at Regionals I ended up taking the lead by 3 seconds. Same course, same racers, same athlete, different wax. The amount of variables in this sport never ceases to amaze me.

As Athletes we often take for granted how much impact the work of our wax techs have on our race results. Every time you see someone on the podium, it is the result of hard work from multiple parties. Even though the racer is the one getting their picture taken, it is important not to forget about the coaching staff, parents, teammates and friends that stand behind them every step of the way.

Thanks guys! We all owe you one (or twelve!)

Part 2: Inspiration from Afar

Tuesday Morning, I’m pretty sure everyone in the library wanted to stuff me full of cotton balls while the Women’s Skate race was happening.  Having spent multiple training sessions along side Caitlin Gregg and racing against Jessie Diggins in High School, being able to watch them and the rest of the women’s Nordic team race live at the World Cup was a real treat!

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Caitlin and Jessie doing amazing things!

 

The performances Caitlin and Jessie had that day were truly inspiring. Being a Minnesota Girl myself, it is especially exciting to see these two representing our country in such a wonderful way. Even the local news papers had real articles about the races! Real news about ski racing! It’s about time.

Performances like this serve as a great reminder why we train so hard year round, why we wake up at 6am to hit the weight room, why our families schedule important holidays around our race schedule and why we spend endless hours on rollerskis in the heat of the summer. Moments like this help justify all of the sacrifices made throughout the year. Witnessing someone achieve their goals is one of the best things in the world to see.

Diagram depicting my life path options. (Drawn by Mario)

Diagram depicting my life path options. (Drawn by Mario)

It’s usually at this point during my daydream that life takes a swing, and punches me in the stomach as a reminder that school is a thing and summer employment still needs to happen. Unfortunately tests, homework, and deadlines don’t get delayed for ski races.

On Thursday I had an interview with a structural engineering firm out of Minneapolis. With the positive vibes from the races on Monday I entered the conference room with confidence and a big smile. As the interview progressed I was very thankful for all the practice from the Career Fair and interviews the week before. I hoped that what felt to me like stumbling in the dark would be considered acceptable by engineering standards. Just like after a hard race, I left their office analyzing every instance I could have done better and looking forward to the next event of the week, the final NCAA qualifying races.

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Husky Puppy is ready to race!

Our team returned to Ishpeming for the NCAA Regional competition and once again the sun was shining beautifully! This time, with our wax techs by our side, it turned out to be a great weekend to be a Husky! We achieved 6 top ten finishes (including a second place and two Regional Championship titles) and a lot of really great performances all around. It was a wonderful way to end the regular season!

Next up NCAA’s here we come!

Saturday’s Press Release

Sunday’s Press Release

NCAA Qualifyer’s from Tech: Tom Bye, Hakon Hjelstuen, Deedra Irwin and Alice Flanders

 

Brain Supernovas and Impending Doom Clouds

Since our first races in Minneapolis, an impending doom cloud has been slowly forming and following me around. These doom clouds are filled up with stressful situations that you know are coming, but can’t do anything to prevent except hope you can find your umbrella when it actually hits.  Sometimes they are filled with negative situations, and sometimes they are filled with exciting opportunities. Regardless the effect is usually the same. About a week of way too little sleep, way too much time spent on campus and not nearly enough exercise. This Spring my doom cloud hit on Wednesday February 18th at 2:25 when I got home from school. Due to the build up, this cloud has caused my brain to supernova, releasing energy in all directions, creating more new career opportunities, developing connections with people I didn’t know before, testing my limits, leaving me exhausted and picking up the pieces.

Week 1: We finally have a weekend off from racing! Hallelujah. It is so nice to have a weekend at home to try and contain the messes of everyday life. Like laundry.

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Swedetown Trails

This weekend our team had a beautiful (but cold) ski at the Swedetown trails in Calumet. It’s not very often that we get to practice anywhere other than the Michigan Tech Trails, so this was a real treat. The twisting trails, snow covered trees and squeaking snow instantly brought me back to the Gunflint Trail where I learned to ski. I needed this moment to slow down and remember the reasons why I love skiing, the reasons that provide a base for the motivation needed to race every weekend from Thanksgiving until Spring Break.

Week 2: Preparing for the CCSA Sprint Championships has been the main focus for this week. Unfortunately the trail reports about the snow in Duluth are pretty grim ranging from “Don’t bring your best race skis” to “You might as well bring rock skis.” Naturally, this makes me really excited to race on my mixed pair of non-broken partners to my broken race skis. Together they are probably the fastest pair of rock skis a person could ask for. I was most excited about my old RS11s that have been mounted on the wall since their accident last spring.

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Display frame for my 1st pair of race skis, showing off all of their personality. Thanks Dad!

It felt so good to ski on my original race ski again. It was happy to be on snow again too. At times it seemed to quiver with excitement begging to go faster, begging to race. It must be really boring to hang on a wall all day, staring out the window at all of our snow knowing that you’ll never be able to race again. I could tell that the other ski was still mourning the loss of it’s partner. It wasn’t nearly as excited for the snow.
At the last minute I decided to go with one of my current pairs of race skis and helped our relay team (Ulrika-1st, Lisa-2nd, Me-3rd) achieve a second place finish for the 3×7.5k CCSA Skate Relay.

This was also the week of Winter Carnival. Together, Jacq and I were finally able to convince a couple of our friends from high school to come visit us during the week. It was a blast to have them around, to show off this beautiful place we call home, and to share the All-Nighter experience.  There aren’t many places that celebrate winter by building functional “air-hockey” tables out of ice, ski-ball lanes out of packed snow, put giant speakers into snowbanks and host a dance party, or drive a truck around all night giving out free chili. Winter Carnival is a magical time and it’s always a treat for us to be in town rather than traveling to races.

Week 3: Every month our student union (MUB Board) hosts cool events for students to participate in. Every year right around Valentines day they host “Stuff-a-Husky.” Given my love for wolf (or wolf-like) stuffed animals, it’s pretty amazing that this was the first year I was able to attend. After waiting in the longest line I have ever seen in Houghton (even longer than the one for The Hunger Games premier!) Carolyn and I finally received and stuffed our Huskies! Please welcome Adephagia (mine) and Thor (Carolyn’s) to the world.

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Keeping our Huskies warm

Wednesday the storm hit.

Our team was scheduled to race in the Twin Cities Friday Saturday and Sunday this week. Since I am still looking for an internship for the summer, my plan was to drive down a day early so that I could tour some civil engineering firms. The plan was to then meet up with the team when they got to the venue and proceed according to our itinerary for the rest of the weekend.

When I got home from school I already had two office tours set up for Thursday afternoon but had contacted an additional two companies as well. While I was making lunch I missed a call (for the second time) from one of the two companies I had been waiting to hear from. Quickly I finished eating so that I could call them back, but just as I was about to start dialing, my phone began ringing. I answered, and it was the second company I had been waiting to hear from. We found a time that worked for both of us and as I was saying goodbye, an email popped up from a third company asking for me to come interview with them the day before our Regional Competition in Marquette. Woah. With my head starting to spin in circles, I called Joe to ask his advice. There was zero way I would be able to interview Friday afternoon and be ready to race 7.5 hours away the next morning. I hung up with Joe and immediately emailed the company back asking if I could re-schedule for a different day earlier in the week. I then called the first company back to confirm a meeting time for their office tour. With driving home, four office tours, course preview and race prep; it was going to be a busy next 24 hours. 

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New Skis. Pristine Bases.

All of the office tours were super informative and although exhausting it was really good to see the different office dynamics back to back. It was also amazing to see how many people in the offices were very passionate about their work and truly loved their jobs.

I enjoyed visiting the offices, however it felt really good to put on the ski clothes and preview the course. This was the first chance I had to try my brand new (replacement) skis. Clipping onto a new pair of skis is always thrilling and this time was no different. They swooshed and glided effortlessly over the icy snow telling me, “if we’re this fast now, imagine how much faster we’ll be when the snow is soft and new.” These skis are going to be rockstars.

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Proud to wave our school flag after the 5k Skate Race

Friday we raced a 15k Classic Mass start and it was definitely better than the last Classic race I had here. It was a lot of fun to see Ulrika battling it out for the win throughout the entire race. My goal was to be able to watch her finish, but she pushed the lead group forcing the rest of us to break apart fighting to hang on.

Saturday the Twin Cities’ weather lived up to its reputation once more. It was barely legal to race due to the cold and wind even after the two hour delay. Thanks to some heated convincing by our region’s coaches, the race officials announced that the college athletes would race even if the citizens and junior’s races were canceled. I was excited to be racing at Wirth again, this trail compliments my strengths very nicely and with the lapped course it’s fun to see the people you are racing against. Our wax techs did another phenomenal job with our skis and with their help I was able to sneak into the lead and be named CCSA 5k FS Champion! That is a huge honor and I’m very proud to represent our school this way.

Friday’s Press Release

Saturday’s Press Release

Week 4: It’s Career Fair Week! Our teams (Cross Country, Nordic, Track and Field)  help Career Services host the Career Fair every spring and fall. This past Tuesday we hosted our largest Spring Career Fair on record. Due to being one of the fundraising chairs for the Nordic team, it is my responsibility to help organize our three teams as we set up, tear down, introduce the companies to our school and treat them like royalty during the event. This is a huge task, one that puts the three of us Lead Students up at the venue for 28 hours with only a short break to go home and sleep after set-up is complete.

 Career Fair Video (Interview starting at 0:20)

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Frantically playing catch-up

Being able to network with the companies while we bring them to their booths, show them our work-ethic first hand, and offer them any assistance they may need, is a wonderful advantage for our team as we begin searching for a career. It is a lot of work, but it’s worth it to hear how happy the recruiters are with their pool of applicants and their desire to return. This Career Fair was especially stressful since I was not only on-call for the event but also had to walk around handing out resumes hoping to receive interviews. At the end of the event I was very lucky to have two interviews scheduled for Wednesday. (That was more than I was expecting!)  I still hadn’t been able to complete my homework assignments that were now over-due, but homework assignments come everyday and job opportunities do not, so the homework was going to have to wait.

To top it all off, I also had three Midterm Exams this week. By Wednesday night I was ready for life to install a “pause” button so I could take a nap or exercise.

This weekend our team was invited to Marquette to do a time-trial style event against NMU and Green Bay. We will be racing at the same venue next week for Regionals, so getting a chance to preview the course again was really nice. It will be fun to head back there after a week of real training and adequate sleep for the final NCAA qualifiers.

Saturday’s Press Release

I have met a lot of really great people in the past month and am excited to meet more as the season continues and as I keep searching for summer employment. This is going to be a great week. Doom Clouds and Brain Supernovas can be pretty intimidating, but afterwards, with the weight of all that stress eliminated, it feels amazing to have survived.