*Kyle checking in.
Miles of trials, trials of miles. This term comes from my all time favorite book, Once A Runner. I consider this book the Bible of the endurance athlete. I have yet to find a book that captures the mindset of an endurance athlete better than John L. Parker Jr. does in this book. I could write a whole paper about this book, but I will stick with my favorite concept, the trial of miles. In the book, this term defines the relentless amount of work it takes to become an elite runner. “The new runner would find it more tedious than he could bear. The aweful truth would begin to dawn on him: there was no Secret! His days would have to be spent in exactly this manner, give or take a mile or two, for longer than he cared to think about, if he really wanted to see the olive wreath up close.” I get goose bumps just typing that out. Ultimately, what drives me in skiing is the constant pursuit to better myself, one workout at a time. I understand it is a long game. Some days won’t go well, but they all accumulate, hours and hours, years and years of training to build the best version of myself. People who know me well know I am not one to sugar coat things. The weather out East the last few weeks has been rather miserable. We have had more rain than I have seen in my lifetime over such a short period of time and when it’s not raining it’s somehow even more humid and hot than the Twins Cities, which up until this point I thought had some of the worst training weather to deal with in the summer. But despite the weather, we have trained well here in Stratton. The miles of trials continue. At Northern Michigan, the men’s team had this attitude engrained into their training and I truly believe that is why we were so successful. Now it is great to be on a team where the men AND women share this montra. As we push ahead towards the year, the trial of miles is about to become a little easier. At the end of this week, we will be heading to New Zealand for three weeks of skiing. I cannot express how excited I am for three whole weeks of training on snow in the summer. On top of that, New Zealand is incredibly beautiful and also the back drop for my favorite movies, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have no doubt when we get down there, the SMS T2 members will be ready to seize every day as an opportunity to get a few hours closer to the best version of themselves. Embrace the miles of trials and you will reap the benefits. Happy training!