Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Bed Blog

I spend most of my time on the road. To help my readers understand what that is like, I tried to take a picture of each bed I slept in this year. It is hard to keep track of all the placed I've been, so I referred to my US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) log online. As a member of the national team, I have to tell USADA where I am at all times so they can find me for random drug testing. According to my USADA log, I spent 126 days at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY between April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016. Otherwise, I was on the road, sleeping in more than 40 different places!

"Home." I spend 2-3 weeks per year here.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
"The Closet." I lived here for 4 years. Now I spend 2-3 weeks per year here.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT
"Room 244." I spent more time here than
anywhere else last year, about 18 weeks.
Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid, NY
La Maison Rose
St. Barthelemy, French West Indies
Summer Training Camp
Torsby, Sweden 
Summer Vacation with the Lewishes
Cape May, NJ
Visiting Maura and Kenny at the Whitebloom's
Cape May, NJ
The barracks at Ethan Allen Military Base. We spend 3-4 weekends here
every summer training and racing on rollerskis.
Jericho, VT
Fall Training Camp
Heber, Utah
Wearing the "happy pants" at World Cup 1
Ostersund, Sweden
World Cup 3
Pokljiuka, Slovenia
Christmas with my family in Europe
Lech, Austria 
New Year's with Erik
Antholz, Italy
One night in transit
Frasdorf, Germany
Sleeping with Annelies at World Cup 4
Ruhpolding, Germany
A palatial triple room at World Cup 5
Ruhpolding, Germany
Pull-out couch, World Cup 6
Antholz, Italy
World Cup 8 at Northern Maine Community College
Presque-Isle, Maine
Egan Media Studio/Guestroom
Burlington, VT
Sjusj√łen, Skisenter. We trained here for a week in November and Frebruary.
Sjusjo√łen, Norway
The king of biathlon watches over me at World Champs
Oslo, Norway
US National Championships
Fort Kent, Maine
Not pictured:
Constitucion, Chile
Rochester, NY
Cambridge, MA
Boston, MA
Stuart, FL
Colorado Spring, CO
My Tent x3
Montreal Canada x2
Munich, Germany
Riedering, Germany
Hochfilzen, Austria
Innsbruck, Austria
Ley's House in Oslo
Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia
And as a bonus, here is a picture of every item of clothing I wore between
November 16th and March 26th. (Dirndl not shown.)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Season Finale

My season finale began last Monday at 6am in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia (which is in the same time zone as Islamabad, 10 hours ahead of Eastern Standard). Fourty-eight hours later I was pulling into Fort Kent, Maine for US National Championships.

Clear skies, sunny, cold, mid-winter conditions in Fort Kent
Photo: Pete Freeman Photography
As I tried to reverse my days and nights, my body went onto auto-pilot and did great work for me in two out of three races. In the 7.5k sprint on Thursday I shot 1,0 and bested the field by a minute and a half. I was so happy to clean standing for only the fourth time this winter. The top American woman biathlete, Susan Dunklee, couldn't make it to Fort Kent due to illness but all our other national team members and aspiring biathletes were present so the competition was small but high-level. In Friday's pursuit, I extended my lead to over two minutes, shooting 1,0,1,1. I was very happy with 85% shooting and another gold medal. 

Sprint podium: I won, Joanne Ried 2nd, Hannah Dreissigacker 3rd.
In the pursuit, Annelies moved into 3rd.
On Friday night my body started to protest; I did not sleep a wink and as the sun came up I got a little feverish. I safely completed the 12.5k mass start but it wasn't pretty. I shot 0,1,3,2 and skied survival pace. I am so proud of my teammate Annelies for cleaning her final shooting stage to win the last biathlon race of the season and her career! And as she and Hannah retire from this sport, it was great to see up-and-coming biathlete Joanne Reid on the podium in 2nd place all three days. 

Zeroing before the race.
Photo: Pete Freeman Photography
I am back in Lake Placid now with the full-blown flu. Time to take a break from biathlon and blogging! Check back in the spring!