A week from today I am finally off to my first competition of the season, a NorAm in Mt. Tremblant, Canada. I am extremely excited for the season to finally kick off! I've been on snow for about 5 months already, doing nothing but training. Throughout these 5 months, I've learned a lot about my riding, as well as many different techniques to go faster. With the help of my three awesome coaches, I can honestly say I am a totally different rider. I am more confident, strong, quick and knowledgeable about my sport. I have never felt so ready to going into a competition season. Check out my videos and pictures from training!
Nastar Speed Racing
With my favorite Olympian, Nick Baumgartner. Michigan Pride!
Just wanted to send everyone some love on Christmas today! No matter where you are, I hope you are enjoying this Holiday with family and friends, and spreading the Christmas cheer! I'm so grateful to be home with my family this Holiday season, even though here in Michigan we have no snow! :( Also wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year! My resolution this year is to go FAST and bring home some medals!! xxxx
It has been an amazing 3 months training in Colorado, as well as Argentina and Austria, but I am so stoked to be headed home (Michigan) tomorrow for a 2 week Christmas break! This is been the longest time I've been away from my parents, and for those who don't already know, I'm a Mommas girl, therefore I cannot WAIT to see her, as well as all my family and friends. My birthday is also in 2 days, pretty excited to be able to celebrate that at home! I've been kicking ass training, and cannot wait for the season to kick off in a little less than one month! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone :)
I experienced a lot of "firsts" in the last 2 week! The first time I've ever been to Europe, first time I've ever rode a train, first time shredding the alps, first time learning German, and the list goes on! Needless to say, my trip to Austria was a success. The main purpose of going, to train, was awesome! We had three boardercross courses in one area, first time I've ever been able to say that, which was so beneficial. Getting to train different courses and different features expanded my experience on courses even more and taught me so many things about my riding. I worked through my weakness on the courses with the help of my awesome coaches, and also learned a lot about myself. I learned more about how I work mentally on a course, as well as what I need to do to be successful. I can easily say that I know I improved a lot after this camp, but also know that I have a lot to still work on. Those things will now be worked on in the states, leading up to my first competition. There is always room to improve, and I cannot wait to see how far I can exceed my riding skills throughout this year with the help of the ISTC.
Not only was I able to spend a lot of time training, I was able to explore Austria. Our snowboard bags did not arrive until 3 days after we did, so the team took a trip to Innsbruck, where we shopped, and explored the beautiful city! I was so breath-taken by how different this city was from anything in America. We also saw an amazing church; the beauty of it simply gave me the chills! The culture of the people in Austria is also very different. Unlike Argentina, people here actually did know pretty good English, which was very helpful because the only things I could say in German was hello and thank you! Therefore learning German is next on my list of things to do!
The landscape and scenery of Austria was also so beautiful!! Nothing like the mountain ranges in America. The Alps is definitely a must see place for those mountain lovers out there!
I cannot describe how grateful and blessed I am that I am able to experience traveling the World. I am gaining so much knowledge on different cultures and general geography of the world. A huge thank you to my family for helping support my dream, and making this life so amazing! xoxo
My next journey begins tomorrow. I will be experiencing Europe for the first time; I'm going to Austria for another 2 week training camp! I cannot contain my excitement. I am so stoked to get back on a boardercross course. These last few weeks in Colorado I have been working my a$$ off in the gym and on snow, and I feel better than I've ever felt! Putting all my skills together on a boardercross course is going to be great!!
Well I've been in Colorado for about a week now, and am loving every bit of living here! Since there is not nearly enough snow for the resorts to be open to train on my snowboard, my team has been continuing our summer dry-land training program, spending about 3 hours a day at the gym. I've also had the amazing opportunity to explore Summit County, which has been breathtaking. Benji Farrow, member of the US half pipe team, has been a wonderful tour guide this past week, showing me around Summit County, and taking me to different areas to see amazing views. In fact, Benji, his sister Hannah, and myself hiked a 14er this morning. Woke up at 5 am, started our journey at 6:30 (had to be back for gym time at 1:30), and hiked about 6 miles, 4.5 hours, and to about 14,000 feet! It is incredible what this world has to offer, if you just take the time to explore! These are life experiences I will never forget!!
P.S. all these amazing photos were taken by Benji Farrow!!
Thanks Benji :)
I just moved to Silverthorne, CO, to spend the next 6 months training with the ISTC full time! Making the decision to switch teams was by far one of the best decisions I could have made. I have an amazing coach, an awesome crew, and who doesn't love Colorado? I feel right at home being here, and cannot wait to see what this season has in store! I know it's going to be a good one!