Saturday, April 6, 2013

Little Bellas Beti Bike Bash Camp!

Up Next.....

I will be a coach/mentor for the Little Bellas Beti Bike Bash Camp coming to town on June 1st and 2nd for the second stop on their 2013 summer camp tour.

I am quite excited to help out this group of inspiring female cyclists in their efforts to empower girls while learning how to mountain bike at Bear Creek State Park in Lakewood, Colorado.  The mini-camp teaches basic mountain bike skills designed by US Olympic Mountain Bike Team Member, Lea Davidson, and her charismatic sister Sabra. The mentors, coaches, guest riders, and the atmosphere of the Beti Bike Bash - an all-women's, all-levels mountain bike competition and festival - set the scene for  encouraging positive attitudes, goal setting, skill challenges, sportsmanship, FUN!, and defeating all of the challenges a mountain bike ride can entail. Like life - you never know what you are going to get, so let's be prepared to take every bump, root and rock with grace, humor, and a willingness to learn. 

Looking forward to seeing returning faces and new ones out on the trail this summer!

Ladies on the move. Camp 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Made it to Denver!

Minnesota wind farm

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The right people, the right places and the right time.

The final finish line.
My season could not have ended in a more exciting way as I crossed the finish line in the Mass Start competition in Oslo in March. Not only a personal best for myself, it was also a personal best for US Biathlon. I crossed the line with the truest satisfaction of reaching my highest potential in the final week, race and minutes of my season. I felt this so strongly because the Final World Cup in Oslo would also be the final World Cup of my biathlon career. For that, it is a moment and a place I will never forget.

Right time.
I started both the sport of skiing and biathlon because I was in the right place, had inspiring people around me and the right opportunities all at the right time. This is also one of those times. I have a great sense of completeness now that the season and my career is done. It is with that satisfaction and trust that I know it is the right time to move on and forward from my elite athletic career and on to new and challenging pursuits. 

I believe that my true athletic potential has yet to peak and that it would be realistic to set my sights on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. However, my priorities have changed and I truly believe in the next pursuits of personal excellence in other areas of life. I am looking forward to moving to Denver, Colorado, completing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver, getting married and continuing to ski. I am really excited to see how my connection to skiing and biathlon will manifest in new ways over the next few years. 

Thank You.

I have been ski racing for nearly 20 years, doing biathlon for the last 14, and could not have accomplished any of it without a massive support system that reaches as far as Europe and as close as home. I thank all of you for being a part of it! 

I know that I would not have had such a successful career had I not had such a deep and devoted support system of friends, family, ski clubs, ski teams, coaches, ski shops, bike shops, schools, mentors, community members, community parents, venue staff, school kids, teachers, business owners, historians, companies, organizations, doctors, printers, dogs, medical professionals, artists, philanthropists, newspapers, young skiers, old skiers and teammates - especially all of those locally in the Adirondacks and Aroostook County, Maine. Listing them all would be like listing the phone book. Having such a diverse group of mentors was key to keeping my biathlon career sustainable, and it is from these people that I have learned the greatest assets of respect, integrity, commitment, perseverance, determination, passion, listening, professionalism, compassion, quality and excellence. Even though my motivations are almost entirely intrinsic, these folks have had a profound affect that will last longer than a ski race and influence much of what I do throughout the rest of my life. 

Best Regards,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Champlain Bridge in progress!

April 29, 2011

Kind of a neat thing around here.