Balmy Bozeman

Well post Supertour races here in Bozeman and things have got warm. So warm that some of the hard-core locals were out in shorts and T-shirts jogging about like it was summer (it was maybe plus 7C). It’s all fun and games running in short shorts until you go for slide on your bum…  With all the warm temperatures we lost a lot of snow. Everywhere in town melted out. However luckily there are trail systems deep in the mountains and through canyons where temperatures stay low and the skiing is actually really good.

Mid week melt out.
Mid week melt out.

Each day we drove the team van up to one of the local canyons and headed out. The first two miles of the trip were always interesting. The very bottom of the canyon was melted out but then it froze to form a slab of ice. This meant at the start and finish of each day you had to be seriously on your toes to navigate the ice and keep it wax side down!

Skiing the Canyon with the boys
Skiing the canyon with the boys

This week with the temperatures staying high, the Canadian races became a huge unknown and our team delayed for a long time before heading up late Thursday afternoon. I decided in the end to stay in town and continue to train hard before having a small break over Christmas. I am fortunate enough not to need any FIS points to qualify for anything so I’m just focusing on racing fast and trying to get as close to the top of the podium as possible.

Some of the local trails not looking too flash.
Some of the local trails not looking too flash.

It’s also been very social and fun having the week in Bozeman. I have hung out with the MSU College Ski team a bunch and even done a fun race/time trial with them as an intensity session, which was great.

Ice Climbing World Cup minus the ice.
Ice Climbing World Cup….. minus the ice.
Speed Climbing.
Speed Climbing.

Finally last night a storm blew in and it hasn’t stopped snowing since. It’s not super heavy but it is starting to really stack up! We really need it so I’m a happy man!

Going for a walk with my four legged friend in the storm last night.
Going for a walk with my four legged friend in the storm last night.
Finally waking up to this was awesome!
Finally waking up to this was awesome!

I’m off to enjoy it!

Train hard, rest easy, live for the moment.

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