How many times in your life have you heard someone say, “Life is short” or “Boy, did that summer fly by!”? I have heard it a lot and it is not how many times, but how I have changed or reacted when I have heard that. The truth is life is extremely short and we really won’t ever know what the next day will bring. In the past year, I have seen a lot of loss and it has been a difficult one. I lost my Mom, two very close friends and colleagues in John Hugus and Igor Badamshin, and I lost my marriage. It is time for a change.
It is very bittersweet as I really love working for Central Cross Country and the Midwest and with the staff that forms those teams. The relationships that have been formed with many people, colleagues, and athletes cannot be matched or replaced. I loved all aspects of the position but most of all I really enjoyed coaching the Master skiers. They truly are trying to find enjoyment and re-creation in this sport and it was so rewarding to see progression and enjoyment from these athletes and people! I want to preach a little here about Central skiing. There are a lot of great people trying to enhance, grow, and spread the sport of Nordic cross country skiing. All are meaning well and trying to contribute to some part of it. Get involved either with your time or your money. It is a sport in the US that will never be main stream because it won’t sell huge quantities of beer, chips, or soda, and because of this, organizations need your help. Central
Cross Country is an organization that you can get involved in! CXC is doing more for skiing than any other organization in the country!! That is not an opinion, it is a fact. If you get involved and learn what they are doing, you will see that and be amazed! Everything from youth club programs, elementary school introduction-to-skiing programs, across the board adaptive programs, junior skiing programs, elite skiing programs, SuperFit retail programs, summer Junior camps, Masters coaching programs, coaches education conferences, club development seminars, event organizing (2015 Para World Championships and the 2016 US Junior National Championships), and a lot more in between is all part of what they are doing. All this is building the base of Nordic skiing and promoting the sport to athletes and the general public that do not even know what Nordic is! So when an opportunity presents itself to you for time or money, do one simple thing….please give. You will enhance your life and someone else’s all at the same time.
As of October I will be calling Colorado home. I have been presented the opportunity to be the Nordic Director at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies. It is a great position with all the aspects and skill set requirements of what I have experienced in skiing and development my whole career. It is an organization that focuses on a healthy mind, body, and soul and the outdoor activities that re-create that on a daily basis. I am super stoked to take this position in an environment that is breath taking! I will miss the day to day contact that I have with people in the Central region and specifically Seeley, WI. I have been here and called this home for almost 20 years working with the ABSF and CXC. A lot has changed over that time and most of it for the good! My friendships will stay intact and Denver is an easy trip to anywhere in the Midwest! I look forward to a new adventure, trips back to see family and friends, and trips out to visit and explore. Life is enjoyable, awesome, and most of all, too short! Do what you love, love what you do!
Thank you so much everyone for your support!!
- Bill Pierce