Sunday, November 16, 2014

Next stop, Austria!

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!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall in Summit County

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 :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Home In Colorado!

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!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Argentina was a Blast!

After 2 and a half weeks in Argentina, I am finally back home! This trip was an absolutely amazing experience.  It was the first time I had ever left North America, so I was able to experience different cultures, lifestyles and see different sceneries.  Speaking of sceneries, Ushuaia was breathtaking.  It was along the Patagonia mountain range, and it was by far the most beautiful mountain ranges I have ever seen.  I constantly thought to myself "wow this just doesn't even look real, it looks like it came right from a postcard."  The weather was not very good while we were there. Since I crossed the equator, Argentina was in it's winter.  It was very rainy and cold in the town of Ushuaia where we stayed, and then we drove 30 minutes up the mountains to the resort cerro castor.  The weather at the mountain was extremely windy and cold.  There was quite a few snow flurries as well.  In fact, we had many "weather" days, where we didn't even snowboard because the conditions were too dangerous.  The food was very hard to find gluten free, so I had a difficult time eating, especially when we were given the same foods day after day.  So being back in the states, you bet I'm indulging!
But onto the real reason I went to Argentina, to train.  I can honestly say that after these last 3 weeks I have grown so much as an athlete and person.  I was surrounded by Olympic and World Cup athletes; watching them and learning from them was just extraordinary.  The difference between these athletes vs. the athletes I compete with on my tour (Nor-Am) is crazy.  The skill level, focus, dedication, and perfection blew me away.  Being able to ride next to all these people was an experience and learning lesson in itself.  Also, the course we trained on was a World Cup level course, therefore it was the largest, fastest and most technical course I have ever rode.  The experience on a course like this benefitted me so much to not only improve my riding, but gaining confidence with myself, and to show me things I need to work on to get to the next level.  I fixed a lot of equipment issues and really focused on small improvements to my riding that helped me ride that much better.  Snowboardcross legend, Lindsey Jacobellis, coached me quite a bit and gave me a lot of advice on my snowboard career!  After this trip, I have so much more confidence and excitement going into my season because I know I improved in all aspects of this sport, in just a few short weeks!
I am so grateful to be able to have opportunities like this in my life and travel the world!

Yes I ate this crab!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm at the bottom of the world!

I finally made it to Ushuaia, Argentina and I am loving every bit of it!  Being out of my country and away from my comfort zone is definately an amazing life experience.  The weather hasn't been too nice the few days we've been here so far.  Where we are staying, Ushuaia, most of the days its cold and rainy.  We have been riding at Patagonia, which is about 30 minutes from Ushuaia, and the rain eventually turns to damp snow, and very windy! Regardless of the weather, stoked to be on my snowboard and shred with some amazing people!  I'm here with the Australian World Cup Team, as well as 2 riders from the US team, including my roommate for the trip, Lindsey Jacobellis, my coach and teammate Senna and a Norwegian.  It's only been a a little over a week and I'm having such an amazing time, I can't wait to see whats in store for the next week while I'm here! :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

photos to add to the portfolio!

I have finally received my photos from recent photo shoot with my sponsor, C3 Development! So in love with them! Thanks for such a fun day and for the amazing work on the photos!

Enjoy :)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Daddy Daughter Bonding!

Today I spent the morning running stair laps at a local park with my dad! "EVERYday is game day" as my coach would say, but who said it couldn't be fun? I not only got one hell of a workout in, but had good bonding time with my dad.  We both pushed eachother to run that extra lap, or go that much faster, yet had a great time doing so! Thank Pear Sports for helping me keep track of my heart rate and recording all the important training info! 

Love ya dad!