A few years ago the SMS T2 team started celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving during our annual Park City training camp. The traditional "American" Thanksgiving falls during the early weeks of the racing season when our team is typically spread from Finland to Montana. We figured why not celebrate the holiday a few weeks early, honor our "token Canadian" Jessie Diggins, and celebrate everything we are thankful for while simultaneously enjoying almost ( yes almost) unhealthy amounts of turkey, stuffing and pie. So, in honor of our October celebration here a few things and teammates I have been thankful for during our first week in Park City.
I like the East. I have even grown to love parts of it over the last few years. But something about the West, the endless views, open skies, and peaks that mark the horizon are like a boost of natural energy. In the West I am invincible. The air might be thinner but I can breathe easier. The space makes room for thoughts to wander and the open space offers a clarity that lets me see where I've been, where I am, and where I am going.
|She's like a real life SuperWoman|
|Even intervals can't squash her |
It like an extra jolt of caffeine but better cause its made of cinnamon and sugar.
Thanks to the generosity of my Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Greg, the SMS T2 team is staying at their beautiful home in Park City for the duration of our training camp and the views are absolutely unreal. Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home!
|She's a tough cookie...and also, conveniently, makes really good cookies|
|Yellow leaves on some aspen tree|
That girl is strong. Yes I am thankful for her seemingly endless positive energy and cute sparkle chipmunk style but everyone already knows Jessie is the most bubbly, hardworking, bundle of joy out there. What you may not know is that she is also my inspiration in the gym and can out lift most anyone.
|Jessie and I trying to capture the sun|
|Sophie with her spongebob elbow protector and Annie with a "sympathy spongebob" for solidarity|
|Annie P and Mary Rose enjoying a Thanksgiving sunset|
I am realizing this list could easily turn into a novel so family, coaches and boys might have to wait until Thanksgiving round 2 but thanks to all the athletes and coaches for making Park City camp week one a success! We have 5 more days here before heading to Frozen Thunder in Canada for some on-snow pre-season skiing. Thanks for checking in :)