Nove Mesto, AHOY!!!

After and incredibly loooooong day and night and day of travel we’ve made it to Nove Mesto, and the hotel Romantika…it will be our home for almost three weeks!  I’m looking forward to not having to pack up and leave for a little while.  A place to get into some sort of routine.  A routine to keep me sane you could say.

This place is little and cute and all ours. which means we can leave our nasty smelly (ok ok I can only vouch for my own) ski boots in the hallway.  And the restaurant down stairs has already put together some good meals for us.

Driving to the venue reminds me alot of Latvia.  and makes me miss it all the more.  The little streets and buildings remind me of parts of Cesis…now if there was a castle and a cobblestone pedestrian only street we’d be golden.  Even the food is very similar….might have something to do with how the eastern block countries have a great deep passionate love for potatoes?

The Latvian team was out on the range today.  I almost worked up the nerve to let out more than a cau, and more of a Labrit Latvjia!  Tomorrow i will.  Tomorrow I will do more than smile.  I recognize a handful of the kids, Baiba and Marcis… I will be outgoing.  Its just so weird seeing them after leaving Latvia 4 years ago (thats a long time)!!!

Its rainy and gross and the snow is minimal…but it appears that this venue is more than up to the challenge.  Their pile of stocked snow is bigger than our hotel so I have faith that they are going to pull these races off wonderfully.  There are a hanful of teams here already and the stoke level is high all around!!!

Off to eat lunch. mmmm potatoes?


Get Me out of Here.

Call me a whimp.  call me soft.  call me a snow snob.  call me whatever you like.  but after a day in the rain in january in the county I knew I had to find a way home.  Lucky for me I know a man who flies planes and a team mate who was kind enough to drive my tush 3 hours down state at 3 in the morning.

After a day of phone calls I was set.  I would fly standby with all my belongings (sort of) back to the cold white north of Northern Minnesota.  Andie and I hit the road in my honda for Bangor!  The drive was easy, no moose, no sleeping, lots of shooting stars, and planet to the east that was amazing (possibly Venus?)

I was the last on the list but I made all my flights and arrived back in the Midwest that afternoon.  By the time I made it Hayward I had been traveling for 12 hours and was sleep deprived and on the verge of a breakdown, but I was home.  I brought all of my belongings into the house, washed them, and packed them back up.  I was home for a less than 24 hours and I was on the road again.  Off to Grand Rapids, the land of snow and cold sunny days.  Never have I ever wanted to be in Grand Rapids more.

I’ve been in grand rapids for almost a week now, staying once again with Kelly’s family who is kind enough to open their home and refrigerator to a junior athlete!  I promise this week to try to remember to bring my camera with me on some skis.  The trails are absolutely beautiful right now!  All the branches are still holding snow, its all I could think about while classic skiing yesterday, “Why don’t I have a camera right now!”

Its cold, I skied in my down jacket for all four hours yesterday…but I suppose I can’t win them all right.  I asked for snow and a range….I suppose being out of the single digits would be asking too much.  I’m here in Grand Rapids until the end of the week.  Then a quick trip home.  A girls day in the cities (with the possible addition of a younger brother, oh you silly brother you) and then I’m off to Europe.  I can’t help but get more excited!

Ok pictures, I promise pictures.  hold me too it!

Here’s one from junior trials (taken by Maddi Mayo)…apparently I ski with my eyes closed?

New Year New Start

After a long week of racing in Jericho Vermont I’ve journeyed back to Northern Maine.  It was a long journey north and a grim one at that.  I went jogging in the rain yesterday which made me cringe all the way down to my toes!  Skiing this morning was also grim.  It was similar to really bad spring conditions, I would take Oberhof’s abundance of snow over this any day.  I skittered around the trails this morning, I gave up trying to avoid the dirt and bare spots almost immediately… it wasn’t worth it.

The only bright light through the trudging was looking forward towards my departure for Europe!

After coming in second on the first day of racing I put together two more days of respectable shooting to garner the top spot for the junior women.  I’m excited that I put together some good races.  I had some doubts after racing in MN.  This was a nice way to shake all of that off and move forward.

USBA named 13 junior and youth skiers to make the trip to the World Championships in Nove Mesto and I know everyone is really excited to go mix it up and rub elbows with the Europeans.  I will be joined in Europe by my MWSC team mates Grace, Ben, and Raleigh, along with my good friend and training buddy Kelly!  The others on the team are from all over the country, I believe we are represented by 8 states all together which is an awesome step forward for US biathlon.

We will leave for Europe in a few weeks, i think it will be an advantage for us to have both our coaches from the Czech Republic…atleast we shouldn’t get lost?

There are alot of “new” things in my future.  First International biathlon race.  First race representing the USA.  First time I will be leaving for Europe not knowing when and how I will be coming back.  We have the option to jump into some German cup races after World Juniors which would be fun but pricey.  I was thinking about perhaps heading to Latvia?  Exciting I know!  An inside source tells me  they have good snow and I think I can find some very old friends that might take me in!  I’m excited for this new year to get under way!  I really have no idea what the future holds, but I’m getting better at rolling with the punches…okay so thats debatable, but I promise I’m trying!

Okay back off into the gloom!

Look for slushy updates in the future…or perhaps a long day of travel back to the midwest!!!!

Happy New Year!