Getting ready for the World Championships!

Hey sports fans! This is Jessie checking in from Davos, where I’m in a training camp right before the World Championships! We’re in the final phases of preparing, which means carefully planned out interval sets, lots of rest, and winding down the hours spent on the ski trail to let our bodies rest up for some hard racing ahead.

Hoping the crowds are as incredible as the last races we did in Ulricehamn, Sweden! (photo from Warner Nickerson)

 

Every time I make a team it’s exciting, and something that I don’t ever want to take for granted. This will be my 5th trip to a World Championships, and just as every venue is unique and has its own feel, every year has its own challenges, pressures, expectations and excitement. It can be hard to find the words to express how I’ve been feeling these last few weeks, so I’m going to let the words of others help me out.

 

On dealing with pressure:

The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” Jackie Joyner Kersee

Thinking back on my years of racing for my high school team at Stillwater, I had so much fun. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well, especially when I knew it could help my team! Even back then, there was a lot of perceived external pressure my last few years of high school racing to win everything. It’s different than the pressure on the World Cup, but in many ways pressure is pressure, no matter where it comes from. When you feel it taking away the joy of competing, it sucks, plain and simple.

Trying to keep it chill at the pre-Olympic press conference a year ago.

 

But that’s why we have a team, and it’s important to remember why we got into the sport in the first place. I mean, did we even get medals for winning state? I honestly don’t remember. I DO, however, remember the joy of showing up every day for practice, all the practical jokes we pulled on one another, the late night sledding at Giants Ridge and the sense of camaraderie and absolute belonging I felt as part of that team. I was so invested in my team that I remember taking a red-eye flight home from US Nationals so I wouldn’t have to miss a race! My teammates had my back, and I had theirs, and the happiness that we all got from being part of something bigger than ourselves was incredible.

A very old photo of a very happy group of high school skiers my senior year, ready to sleep on the floor before a traveling race!

 

The same holds true today (yes, even the late night sledding…and the pranks). There’s always going to be pressure to perform, whether it comes from inside my own head or TV show hosts. The best way to deal with it is to focus on the happiness and joy that I feel from skiing, from being part of an amazing team, and having fun with it.

Late night sledding down the mountain with Tyler, Rosie and Scott!
Teaching my teammates a dance last year!

 

On heading into the World Champs:

“Success required the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? Because conditions are never exactly right.” -Andy Andrews

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time, because in my mind, it captures the feel of professional sports so well. Conditions, it seems, are almost never perfect. Just this week I got sick with a cold that had been going around, and it was definitely a challenge to my belief in myself and my self confidence! When you can no longer follow the carefully planned out intervals and strength routines because you’re sick, you’re forced to be flexible and adapt, shifting your training around. It can be so tempting to think “well, that’s it, then! I’m screwed. This won’t work, and don’t you DARE give me that ‘everything happens for a reason’ crap”, but that attitude has never helped anyone.

Walking around on skis so I can bomb back through snowy fields…this lifted my spirits a lot!

 

All you can do is play the best you can with the hand you’re dealt. There are so many things you can’t account for and can’t control, but by staying positive and focusing on the things I can control, I’m able to make a new training plan with my coach, and know in my extremely committed heart that I’m doing everything I can.

Whenever I get nervous – and people are often surprised to hear this, but here’s a little secret; you never stop getting nervous, you just learn how to work with it and harness the energy better – I think back and ask myself this: “am I 100% committed? Have I done everything I possibly can to find success? Am I doing the best I can right now, in this moment?”

I have complete faith in my tech and coach, Cork, and our team! (photo from Nordic Focus)

 

And when the answer is yes, I can relax and let those nerves melt away, because there’s nothing more I could, or should, be doing. I’ve been training full time for almost 10 years, since the day I walked out of my high school graduation lock-in party and went straight to a roller ski workout with a pro team. I’ve poured everything into training hard and smart, and been committed through ups and downs to giving ski racing the best shot I have, so that I will never have to look back one day and wonder “what if?” And that’s what lets me relax those nerves before a big race, because I know that I’m as prepared as I possibly can be.

There’s no “what if” regrets when you know you’ve given it everything you have! (photo from Nordic Focus)

 

I think back on all the fun I’ve had while grinding out tough workouts with amazing friends and teammates, and I’m so glad I’ve had the experience of a lifetime, chasing excellence all around the world with a group of people just as committed as I am.

Putting it all out there for my team in the relay, every time I pull those socks on. (photo from Warner Nickerson).

 

The night before the race:

“Don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus on what you can.” – Ronda Rousey

This is not the time to think on all the technique adjustments you think you need to make, how you would have trained differently, or how you wish you could ski like someone else. After the races, write it all down and think back on what worked for you, and what you can do to improve. But right before the race? This is the time to reflect on all the things you kick ass at. Know your strengths. Be ready to use them. Focus on the things you can do, and believe that you have the power to do them well!

Only focusing on what I CAN do. (photo from Nordic Focus)

 

On race day:

“As powerful as our legs are, as magnificent as our lungs and arms and muscles are, nothing matters more than the mind” – Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek, man. That guy knew how to suffer. He also knew that a strong mind was the most powerful weapon in sports. No matter what I’m feeling, I know that nothing can compare to the power of racing with an all-in, nothing-to-lose, might-as-well-give-this-everything-I’ve-got mindset. When I’m racing with absolute belief in myself and a positive mindset, ready to turn myself inside out and be ok with how much it hurts, it’s a very powerful thing. When I’m smiling on race day, look out, because when I’m in a great mood I can put myself though an incredible amount of suffering. To me, being mentally tough and ready to have fun, challenging myself to race as hard and fast as possible, is the best thing I can do for myself on race day.

Loving the challenge! (photo from Nordic Focus)
Ouch! At least I know it left it all out there. (photo from Nordic Focus)

 

So as the World Champs begin next week, wish us luck, and you know we’ll be racing our hearts out!

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Snowy Seefeld

Jessie checking in here, from the Copenhagen airport en route to Otepää, Estonia for the upcoming classic World Cup races! After the Tour de Ski ended, I rejoined the team in Seefeld, Austria, where we were in the middle of the biggest snowfall I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I think it must have snowed 4 feet while I was in town for a week and a half, and there was already around 2 feet of new snow when we arrived. Nearly every day there was a steady snowfall and it was hilarious walking around town with snowbanks piled higher than my head!

Skiing near Seefeld with my family!

I was lucky enough to have my family there with me, which made a huge difference. It is incredibly fun traveling around the World Cup circuit, but 5 months straight on the road living in hotel rooms and eating the same pasta or potato meals can wear you down a little. Having my Mom, Dad, and sister Mackenzie come over to see the last 3 races of the Tour and then come to Seefeld for a week of living in a cozy apartment together was exactly what I needed to feel grounded and “at home”. I baked a lot of cookies and banana bread, and enjoyed all the little things like being able to cuddle on the couch with my sister.

On a ski with my Mom through some seriously snowy woods!

While our sprinters traveled to Dresden, Germany for the sprint weekend of World Cup races, I stayed in Seefeld with my family and the distance crew to rest, recover and then train after the Tour de Ski. We had everyone over to our cozy little Airbnb apartment to bake cookies and have a World Cup cheering party, and it was so fun yelling at the TV for our racers!

I’m always so proud of all our skiers, but it was particularly fun for me to see many of our young skiers racing in their first World Cups. And Julia, who is not a stranger to the World Cup circuit but still one of the younger racers on it, paired up with Sophie for the team sprint! They skied so well and so smart, and I was SO proud of them. Even though they were literally a centimeter from the podium in a dramatic three-way lunge (I mean…LOOK at that photo!!) I was happy for them not for the result, but for the way they raced and clearly pushed their limits. And the big smiles on Soph and Julia’s faces as they hugged each other at the finish is a great reminder to us all of how racing can be hard, but also super fun!

Sophie on the far side in an epic lunge with Norway and Sweden!

Teams are built to support one another through the ups and downs of the ski racing circuit, but also through the highs and lows in life. We train so hard together for not just spring, summer and fall months, but for years on end. We get to know each other so well, and we have the honor of supporting one another when we’re on the podium…but also when we get super lost in the subway stations below Oslo (this has happened more than once). Frankly, I’ve spent more time as Sophie and Simi’s third wheel than I have with my own boyfriend! My point is, racing is exciting and fun, but the connections and memories we’ve made as life-teammates are infinitely more valuable than any result or medal you could earn, and my teammates are what I’m most proud of when I look back at the years I’ve spent ski racing.

We still have a few more months of ski racing yet to go, with some exciting times and big races ahead of us. But as you watch on TV or cheer along with the live-splits, know that we’re skiing our hearts out and supporting one another over here!

Sadie and I enjoying the sun in Seefeld right before we left for Estonia.

Davos and the end of World Cup period 1

Hi everyone! This is Jessie checking in from the lobby of the Kulm hotel, where our team has been staying in Davos for a very long time. Every time we walk in the door, we feel like family here in this cozy, family-run hotel, and this year was no exception! We got extremely lucky and arrived in Davos right after they got a ton of snow, so we were able to ski right out the door of the hotel to the venue and all over town. There’s something really cool about being able to use cross country skiing as a mode of transportation, as well as a super fun way to be outside.

Hello, sunny Davos!

One day, during an easy workout, we decided to take our classic skis up the alpine cat track and then bomb down the fields in almost knee-deep powder! It was one of those magical, perfect sunny days where even when you face-planted (which I did, believe me) you just couldn’t get hurt. It was like throwing yourself into a deep down pillow.

Headed up the mountain with Kelsey, Caitlin, Rosie and Sadie!

Days like this, goofing around, enjoying skiing in the sun and working on our downhill skills are so important to me because although the vast majority of days are focused training, these are the days that make me realize I want to be skiing my entire life, even when I’m done racing competitively.

Excited to cruise our way back down.
Plowing through powder is a tough workout! Hah! (photo from Sadie)

And then…the races! Sophie rocked everyone’s striped relay socks off in the skate sprint this Saturday. She came back from being out with a cold to getting second place, right behind the winner! We’re so proud of her, and check out how awesome her rad cornering skills are in this photo below! She skied with poise and control and that is key on a crazy two-lap, fast-paced course with a sharp turn right before the finish!

Mad rad cornering skills (photo by Reese Brown)
Podium cheese! …and a miniature sled? (photo by Reese Brown)

On Sunday, I was stoked with a 5th place finish in the 10km skate individual start race, and even more stoked to realize that Christmas break began the second I crossed the finish line!

Sophie, Pat and Kelsey all business going out to test skis before the race (photo from Reese Brown)

Today I’m heading to Seefeld, Austria with Simi, Sophie, Kelsey and her awesome Mom Connie, and Matt Whitcomb for the holidays. This time is all about rest, recovery, some carefully planned training before the Tour de Ski begins and of course my very favorite activity…baking holiday cookies!

Happy girls in the sun!

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow and happy time of year, whatever corner of the World you’re in right now!

Happy about period one of the World Cup…and ready for a nice break! (photo from Reese Brown)

Back to Europe!

The start of the season is here! We flew up to the edge of the Arctic Circle, to Rovaniemi, Finland. Land of reindeer, Santa’s “official airport”, and early season skiing!

The girls ready for our first ski in Rovaniemi! (photo from Pete D., our PT)

Only, climate change is crazy, and there was no natural snow to be found! The side of the trail was full of spongy green moss and green bushes and perfectly clear running trails through the woods, and one of the days it was raining and 40 degrees F. Holy smokes! But the organizers here were doing everything they could, and they rolled out enough snow to save a 1.4km loop from the original 9km of trail they had from man-made snow. We were extremely grateful for everything they did to make the training work out!

Grateful for the chance to get to ski at all given what the weather was doing! (photo from Coach Cork)

The sun rises around 10 and sets before 3, so it’s pretty dark! The trails were all light, and the hotel had really bright lights to help you feel more awake. But we did borrow Rosie Brennan’s sun-lamp to stare into one afternoon when we had a good case of jet-lag tired feelings going on!

Ida and I staring into a sun lamp. (photo from Sophie)

Tomorrow, we’re driving from Rovaniemi to Ruka, Finland, only a couple hours away. Then this Saturday and Sunday we’ll have our first World Cup races of the year! It will be a classic sprint and a 10km classic for the women, 15km classic for the men. Wish us luck!

One of the days this week we actually got to see the sun…and it was beautiful! This photo of the sun just peeking up over the horizon was taken at 12:10pm. We really are far North! 

Train. Rest. Repeat!

Here we are, pounding the roller ski track in Soldier Hollow in our last US Team training camp of the year! How is it already late October? This is nuts, people! It’s hard to believe that on November 12th, I’m going to be getting on a plane…and not coming back to the US until late March. I’m excited for the season, ready to get back into the thrill of racing and see all my friends on the World Cup again, but there is one more month of work to do first.

USA Team jumping shot! (photo by Reese Brown/SIA Images)

Thursday and Friday we had back-to-back time trials. We had a skate sprint time trial first, with round-robin style heats so everyone raced the course 4 times. And wow, I somehow managed to forget (or trick my brain) in between New Zealand and now. I managed to forget how hard racing actually is on your body! It HURTS, you know? Pulling up to the line before the final, my legs felt shaky and I thought I might actually puke, and I couldn’t really feel my toes.

Hammering in intervals with Rosie Brennan! (photo from Matt Whitcomb)

But then I went out and hammered as hard as I could anyways, and it turns out that even when I’m convinced my body is about to fall apart, somehow that darn thing keeps on going! We’re so much stronger than we think, and our bodies are capable of so much more than we realize. Having a time trial to play around and push myself in every round was a great way to not only practice that race feeling, but to remind myself that the “pain cave” is my specialty, and it feels so satisfying to dig deep and then dig some more, and realize that I can handle it.

It feels so good to be done with intervals!!! (photo fro Matt Whitcomb)

Today we did a 12.6km for the women and 16.8km for the men. We did this on purpose, because FIS is considering adding in those distances, based on careful focus groups that determined the ideal race length for fans. These changes will go into place starting in the fall of 2019, so we need to start adjusting our bodies now! Just. Kidding. But did I get you going there, just for a second? We did those distances because that’s how long three laps of the paved roller ski course in Solder Hollow is. The real answer is so boring!

Sadie and I working on our double pole. (photo from Matt Whitcomb)

While racing at altitude is tricky because you have less oxygen and can “blow up” or “hit the wall” a lot faster than at sea level, I appreciate the chance to practice here. It’s good for me to get to play around in a low-stakes atmosphere to see exactly what it feels like right before I’m about to blow up. And as we near the end of camp, I’m feeling really good about where the team is at! Everyone’s working hard, in a good place, and looking good.

Team L3 skate intervals on a cold snowy day! (photo from Andy Newell)

But sometimes, it can be really hard to feel confident when there’s not a lot you can actually measure. We don’t have a 400 time on the track to compare in the off-season. We’re not swimmers, where we could go off a time to see if we’re in the right place. Our roller ski courses and wheels are all slightly different speeds, and even a time trial course on the pavement can be drastically faster or slower depending on the weather!

Working with Cork to improve my technique (photo from Reese Brown/SIA Images)

So what do we do, when we don’t have a way to really know where we are? Train hard, train smart, and have a little trust in the process. We’re not robots, after all. It adds a little bit of excitement, that edge of uncertainty. I do the absolute best I can, and if I’m giving this sport everything I have in training, and listening to my body, then I’m doing my job right. I also like to focus on getting the best recovery I can as well! When I go do do a strength workout in the gym, or do 6 x 4 minutes all-out intervals up a hill, those things don’t actually make me faster by themselves. I’m tearing my muscles apart and breaking my body down, and only by resting and recovering will my body come back stronger and faster. Which makes getting enough sleep basically one of the most important parts of my job!

Resting in a “cuddle puddle” with Hannah, Hailey and Julia after the time trial!

When I was training in high school, I’d hear that I needed to be sleeping better and longer, and I’d sort of roll my eyes – hey, I was a teenager! That’s what we do! – and think “but I have so many things I need to be DOING!” But hey, you know what? Mom was right. (She’s always right, by the way). Without enough sleep, I wasn’t recovering and getting the full benefit of the training I was doing. When I turned pro, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt once I started sleeping 9 hours a night, and once I had some down time in the middle of the day to do things like stretch, foam roll or ice tub. Honestly, if I could go back and tell my 15 year old self one thing to make me a better athlete.. it’d be this: sleep more. Everything else can wait, because you’ll do a better job if you’re rested.

The team at the Warren Miller movie the other night…because we’re IN IT! Sometimes you need that balance of fun things in your life along with the rest. (although I DID sleep for 8.5 hours that night anyways)!

I realize this sounds sort of ironic, coming from the girl who appears on social media to be EVERYWHERE and doing All Of The Things that a person could possibly do. And I recognize that the amount of extra work I’ve been taking on post-Olympics is only sustainable in the short term, so don’t worry, you’ll see me doing less next year! But in between training and helping promote the sport I love and my sponsors whom I love for supporting me in my career and also helping to grow this incredibly fun sport, I’ve been working on resting. I make sure to come to every training session ready to go, and in between training sessions I get off my feet and have a little down time. I look for ways to sleep better, to totally chill out in the middle of the day, to relax both my body and my brain!

Enjoying a really pretty sunset run!

Back into VT training!

It’s good to be back! I’ll be honest, beating back the jet lag and time change wasn’t easy, but now that the team is recovered from our epic New Zealand training camp it’ll be nice to have a few weeks with everyone here to get some good solid training in at home! These next few weeks will be a good chance to focus on getting back into intensity training and shorter, harder intervals after some great volume in NZ. We got a chance to do some FIS racing there which was awesome, but also reminded us that it’s time to start shaping our fitness into more race-ready pacing as we get closer to November!

Getting some intervals done on a slightly soggy day! (image from Reese Brown/SIA Images)

But while we were in our recovery week, I went on a really fun and relaxing camping trip with my boyfriend, Wade, to Bourne Pond! It was funny hiking in and camping in a place that’s only a few miles from home as the crow flies, but it was a beautiful part of the Green Mountains that we hadn’t yet seen!

These signs are adorable.

It was really nice to hike in nice and slow and take the time to really enjoy the trail! Usually, we’re running all the trails we go on, which is super awesome, but sometimes it’s fun to slow it down a little and notice more.

Wade and I enjoying the slow hike in.

We REALLY slowed down life with the hammock by the pond! After a lot of travel it felt pretty good to unwind! And now that I’m rested, I’m super excited to be back in training with the team!

Some pretty cool clouds in the lake!

NZ Update

I’m sure updates from New Zealand have been hard to ignore, and you might even be a little sick of hearing about them by now, but I’ll try to give you a quick update on some behind the scenes events of New Zealand. It’s hard not to talk about how lucky we were this year with sunny weather and endless amounts of trails, but you can only ski so many hours a day, so what else did we do while we were down under?
Alayna at “THE tree” in Wanaka (photo from Kelsey)
1. Wanaka – there is this lovely little town called Wanaka that is about a 35 minute drive from the Snow Farm, and we spent a couple days in town recovering during the middle of camp and a couple off afternoons wandering around town. If Wanaka weren’t all the way across the world, I would move there in a heartbeat. It’s set on a beautiful Lake with beautiful running trails that stretchalong the perimeter, there are delicious coffee shops littered throughout the town, a big grocery store with every kind of Tim Tam you could imagine, and manageable sized population.
Beachy sunsets (photo from Julia)
2. Sunset/sunrise walks – I never really feel trapped at the Snowfarm, but we do spend most of our time either on the ski trails or contained in the same building, so getting outside for a stroll when the sun is rising or setting is a lovely way to explore what else the Snowfarm has to offer. The sunrises and sunsets up at the Snowfarm are unbelievable with the mountain settings and the beautiful colors.
Kelsey, Alayna and KO enjoying the beautiful mountain sunset! (photo by Julia)
3. Naps – We put in a lot of hours of skiing at the Snowfarm, so whether you’re a napper or not, it was important to put your feet up for a few hours in between sessions and try to recover. Sometimes you can even multitask with a nap and a movie at the same time!
Simi multitasking
4. Food – The food at the snowfarm was amazing and we were lucky to have three hot meals prepared for us each day. A lot of training results in a lot of eating, so we were very grateful for all the tasty treats that were made up for us every day.
YUM!
5. Goofing off – We were down in New Zealand to train, but it’s always important to keep it fun. Whether it’s a team movie night, a ping pong game, a game of bananagrams, or a mid-ski photo opportunity, we took the time to appreciate the people we were surrounded by. I am feeling incredibly lucky to be on a team with such awesome people who keep each other smiling day in and day out. By the end of camp, there’s something pretty special about cracking a joke and watching the tired giggles unfold!
🙂
Tired goofy girls group
We’re all making our way back to the states and looking forward to that beautiful fall weather we hope is just around the corner!

Hello from New Zealand!

Winter in August is something special. After months of dry-land training in Stratton it is quite a shock to the system to jump right into mid-winter conditions here on the Snow Farm. New Zealand has had an excellent winter and as such all of the trails here are open and in perfect condition. 

A happy crew heading out to Mount Pisa
One of the special things about this camp is that it brings together several club teams from around the US. It’s going to be a fun three weeks coordinating sessions with Craftbury’s Green Team and Sun Valley’s Gold Team and learning from the other skiers and coaches out on the trails. 
Perfect skiing!
Most of the team is staying at the Snow Farm for just over three weeks. The primary focus of the training camp is to put in lots of quality hours on snow to dial in technique goals and get a big dose of volume based training. Towards the end of our time here we will transition to more intensity sessions and jump into races at New Zealand Winter Games. The Winter Games is a three day race series with two distance races and one sprint. Stayed tuned for updates from the rest of camp and the upcoming races!

SMS Summer Camps!

It’s your favorite time of year again…last week was SMS summer camp week! Although it was sweaty, hot and sometimes raining, I saw so many smiles and hard work and fun happening throughout both camps. There was the BKL kids camp, with the younger skiers, and then we had the junior camp with the older kids. It was incredible with over 60 kids at the BKL camp and over 50 at the junior camp!

Sophie leads a group of roller skiers at BMD. (photo from SMS)

Every summer, the SMS Elite team members try to schedule our training around the camp so that we can come visit for a workout or two, eat a meal with the campers, and most importantly give all the skiers a chance to ask questions about what it’s like to travel and race, to be a professional skier, and (of course) the timeless question…”what do you eat for breakfast on race day”?

It was awesome seeing kids faces light up when I handed the medal out to be passed around (photo from George Forbes)

With our big three week, ski-your-face-off training camp in New Zealand about to begin, the team was doing a wide variety of training that week as everyone needed to do what their body required for them to show up to New Zealand after a full day of flights rested and ready to go. But I was super happy to have had the chance to see both camps in action!

Saying good-bye (with photos, too) to the BKL age camp! (photo from Kelsey Phinney)

And now, I’m off to the airport! No, really, my Lyft ride from Boston arrives in 8 minutes. Wish us luck Down Under as we get back in touch with the feeling of being on snow again!

 

I got to demo the super fun pump tracks that Justin Beckwith made for camp! (photo from Justin)

Lake Placid camp, part two

Well, there’s definitely no way to entertain you better than KO letting you in on the secrets of camp and “Fat Roy”, the possibly pregnant house cat at our awesome rental house. So, you should probably go back and read the latest blog post if you haven’t already. I’ll just talk workouts instead. Because we’ve been doing quite a few of them at this camp!

Big train of girls on a distance double pole! (photo from Matt Whitcomb)

Often, our team training camps are two weeks, because of the travel involved getting to snow or a camp location. Once you get there…may as well stay a while and make it worth it! But since this camp is more local and a short drive away for SMS, Craftsbury, and the US Ski team members on both teams, we made it a shorter but more intense camp. With a 9 day camp, we’ve been doing intervals every other day, and in between doing some fun long runs in the Adirondack mountains, speed work or easy distance training.

Hiking up Mt. Marcy with the girls!

Some of the key workouts for intensity included a skate team sprint, which was super fun! We partnered the older athletes with the younger ones, and my partner was Lina with the Craftsbury team. We also did some super hard double pole intervals, which was challenging but great in a big group of girls changing leads.

Lina coming in for the tag (photo from Coach Pat)

This morning we did a long run up and over Mt. Marcy, and the views were spectacular with a clear day!

Me, Ida and Sophie

Ida, Sophie and I hiked our pink wigs supporting Kikkan to the top and did a happy dance for her there!

Sophie crossing the “Indiana Jones” bridge

A few of the group made it a longer loop and went over to Avalanche lake, which I love because of the narrow boardwalk along the side of the cliff over the water.

What a cool place to run!

Check back in later to hear the next team member’s update!

Jessie