*Simi checking in!
Whewww, what an exhausting but amazing last week it’s been. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that last weekend was the best weekend of my life. Yes, Sophie and I got married. Yes, it was hands-down the most beautiful day of the summer. Yes, everything went perfectly and I didn’t throw up from nerves when I recited my vows. The reason why it was the best weekend of my life was because of the people that were there and the people that made it happen. It could have poured rain, dumped snow, we both could have forgotten our vows, I could have accidentally lit my shirt on fire… it still would have been the most special and unforgettable day of my life. We are both so grateful to all of our friends, our huge families, and of course our teammates for just being there for us.
Ben and Kyle were our tech wizards. They helped us set up all of our music and PA equipment, taking time out of their busy schedules to make several trips out to Peru. Ben O. and Ian were our charismatic and pro bartenders for the evening. Every time I looked over at the bar they were either doing hilarious bartender tricks or managing to serve what seemed like 15 people all at once. I’m sure several of our single female friends that were in attendance had their eyes on them all night. Jessie set up the coziest LL Bean tent palace I’ve ever seen, complete with flower pedals, a huge, ultra comfy mattress and comforter, and premade breakfast on a coffee table by our bed. All so that Soph and I could begin our official married life together in pure comfort and style. Alayna spent hours prepping the house for the weekends festivities. Julia took time away from her busy school schedule to be there for us as things got hectic and chaotic. And it’s hard to put into words what Kelsey did for us. She spent days and days all summer drawing the most beautiful table cards depicting our favorite 25 mountains throughout the world that we’ve climbed and skied.
All of our teammates’ love for us, their support, and all the hours they spent making a perfect wedding happen that would not have otherwise happened without them made us realize how much we rely on them for everything ski related and everything life related. We can’t thank them enough and we’re the luckiest teammates in the world to have them by our side.
We’re here in Lake Placid for the next 10 days, having just started our final camp of the training year. Conditions are perfect. The trails and roads are dry, the days are sunny and warm. The nights are cool and perfect for sleeping long hours. And the leaves are popping like the flames of a bonfire. Since we’ve entered the time of year when we start doing less volume and more hard intensity training, the focus of this camp is quality over quantity. We’ll do several hard interval sessions and time trials during the camp, complimented with long and easy days of training in the high peaks when we’re not hammering the pavement. We’ve all got snow on mind as the days get shorter and colder, and we can’t wait to be gliding on the real stuff in just over a month (fingers crossed). Thanks for checking in!