by Tom Bye, CXC TEAM
It does not seem like it has been a month since we left for Park City. But, that’s what happens when you are focused on training and having a blast. This was the longest trip I have been away from home and it was one of the best. I am super thankful for what CXC has done for me and the team. I can tell from this trip that it is going to be a great year.
The trip started with us meeting at Karl’s home to load up and head out. There was some construction on 35 so we had to take the back roads out onto the interstate. It was a long drive but a great chance for some good conversation about skiing, life, and really anything that came to mind.
We got to Park City and we stayed at this amazing condo at snowbird, at about 8000ft. This was great for living but made it difficult at times to get to the best training sites. The runs, which sometimes turned into walks, were incredible. It was great to be out on the mountain. The runs went up for an hour and a half and down in forty-five minutes. The wildlife was something to be aware of, at a moment’s notice a mule deer popped out at me and I paused just to admire it. We also made a ski loop from a park site and it went around the COE, Center of Excellence, and back. There was only one “stop ahead” sign and every time Bill and I saw those it was an all-out sprint. I won these unless Bill pulled any of his tricks.
During the trip in Park City we had some great intervals. At one we shared the track with the University of Utah ski team while they did a time trial. That was where I met Kevin Sweeney and Abi Holt for the first time. Later in the week, I had a meeting with them and got all my questions answered and some insight on the team. My goal for this year is to make next year’s U of U ski team. I am very excited about getting to know the coaches and the team better. After the meeting I had lunch at this nifty restaurant on the top floor of the Union. There grilled cheese and chef special are worth getting a taste of. That evening we had a lovely pizza dinner with one of our awesome CXC masters.
Then we were off to Canmore for some great on snow training. This was the part I was most excited for. October 19th was the earliest I had ever been on snow before. The mornings were always cool but when the afternoon session came around I broke out the shorts and t-shirt for some nice skiing in the sun. While in Canmore I explored the town on my recovery walks. The stores were sweet; they had just about everything. I finally found what I wanted as a souvenir, a nice blue jacket that has a maple leaf in the corner. At the same store they also had these incredible chocolates. I went with the Bear Claw, which consisted of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. It had three cashews as the claws on top, the wrong side of the paw. But, I didn’t say anything because they were just too good. In Canmore training was a huge success both on and off snow. What made it so was the great Nordic Centre. I had some lactates taken to make sure I was in the right zones and I got some more input on my technique. I am learning and making those quick fixes to make me faster. Lastly, I’d like to thank CXC again for allowing me to be a part of this great team.