Since my last blog post my team and I have been getting lots of good training in Steamboat. Over the last couple weeks we have done two running time trials up the Hot Springs Road and another Fish Creek Time Trial on roller skis. I have become pretty confident in my fitness because I have felt good in every race. My time in our first running time trial was around 17 minutes and 50 seconds. A week later I was able to run it 20 seconds faster in 17 minutes and 30 seconds. This is important because I believe running fitness translates over to skiing fitness very well. This week we had our third Fish Creek Time Trial of the summer on roller skis. As I blogged about before, my times were 28 minutes and 30 seconds and 28 minutes and 31 seconds. I felt very good out of the start and definitely got into a good rhythm. Unfortunately I broke a pole and had to ski with one arm for about five minutes. Eventually my coach got me some new poles. By that time, my teammate Tyler Smith had caught me and I was able to hold onto him till he broke away right at the end. I was very happy with this considering Tyler had some of the faster times at World Junior Championships last season. I ended up with a time of 28 minutes and 34 seconds. Without the broken pole I know I could have broken into the 27 minute range which would have been a new personal best. Also congrats to my teammates Aleck Gantick and Tyler Smith who both had great races and finished in the 27 minute range. Tomorrow we leave for Park City to compete in US Nationals for Ski Jumping. This should be very exciting and it's a good way to see how us Nordic Combine athletes stack up against the countries best Ski Jumpers. Then on Monday we fly out of Salt Lake and head to Europe for a month. We will be training as well as competing while we're there. Ill update my blog as the trip progresses. Thanks to everyone for the support!