|With a little sister like that you can get people to buy almost anything :) Happy 23rd this week Natalie!|
Unfortunately, the lemonade market was flooded with competition due to the high density of young children in my neighborhood. So I upgraded and took the business mobile. I would march from door to door with sister in tow, offering not only lemonade, but also sidewalk chalk art (25 cents/square), homemade clay beads, bookmarks, and popcorn packed in small ziploc bags.
|Something had to pay for those awesome foot-strap spandex|
Unfortunately at age 24, I have been informed that lemonade stands are a money-making business reserved for children under 12. Evidently overalls and a cute smile no longer cut it when trying to make money and lemonade stands simply aren't as lucrative as they used to be. As it turns out, neither is nordic ski racing, especially at the development level. As such I had to invest in some alternative fundraising methods that rely on what I know how to do best, ski!
|Let's just say the roller-skiing looks a little different these days|
|Or at least it involves more neon|
The latest endeavor is slightly more work than the corner juice stand, but "no pain, no gain" right? This Saturday, September 20th, I will roller-ski 100 km with my SMS T2 teammates in our 3rd annual Ski-A-Thon. The event gives us the opportunity to reach out to our communities and gather support for the upcoming season. Since we are talking finances here, a few numbers on the Ski-A-Thon:
62.14 miles of roller-skiing between me and the end of the Ski-A-Thon
6 approximate hours it will take to complete said number of miles
2 number of "bonks" I will probably suffer through during the Ski-A-Thon
10,000 dollars I need to raise to continue to race, train, travel and volunteer3 scoops of ice-cream I will eat at the end of the Ski-A-Thon
25 people who supported me in last year's event and helped me to my best ever season750 hours per year spent training to compete against the best in the world in cross-country skiing
8 teammates + coach who make 6+ hours of roller-skiing FUN
1 Ski-A-Thon to help me get to the start line!For more information on the event, check out the 2014 Ski-A-Thon page on my blog and check out our website at www.smst2.com!
|Working together during the inaugural Ski-A-Thon. This is how we make things happen!|
Donate online here, remember to mark that your donation is for Erika Flowers in the checkout process.
make out a check to THE ELITE NORDIC FUND/ERIKA FLOWERS
and send it to
Stratton Mountain School
c/o Patrick O'Brien
7 World Cup Circle
Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
In prep for the Ski-A-Thon, I headed home last weekend for a little R and R and to surprise my Dad for his retirement party.
|A little fishing with the family|
|Natalie and I caught a big one!|
|He's kind of a big deal :) Congrats Dad!|
|Fish themed party was perfect|
|My Dad just started using a heart rate monitor so he's sure to be kicking my butt soon!|
|I still had some training to do at home and was lucky to join a few friends for a new adventure run|
|Katie and Anya embracing the Mountain Babe lifestyle|
|The top of BigHorn Peak with Natalie|
|Anya showed us a new "trick"|
|Nothing like being in the mountains under the Big Sky to reenergize you after a few hard weeks of training!|
|A sweet place to end some hard ski-walking intervals|
|Stopped by my Mom's trail to say hi. I think she would be psyched to know I spend my days chasing my dream and doing something I truly love!|