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2014-08-20

A fresh start...

Itís been a very long time since last time Iíve updated my blog, and I apologies for that. Most of you know how Olympic Games in Sochi unraveled for our team, and I donít feel like brining that up. Whatever happened, itís in the past now, it canít be changed, and the only thing I have, is to re-focus and look ahead.
Sometimes things happen that out of your control, but the most important is if you can come out of that situation with experience, knowledge and that anger, that ďsport angerĒ, when you feel like you were capable of so much more. Yes, there was few highlights in the past season, but mostly because of the ďGamesĒ results I started my training season, motivated and ready to work as hard as could never before, and three training camps later, Sunshine in May, Band OR in June, and latest one in Startton Vermont, I still feel that rush of training and constantly getting better at what I do.
Looking back on the past four-year Olympic cycle, I realized that last two years turned into some sort of routine for me, same type of training and same training locations year after year, I felt like I need a change, not a major one, but just enough for my body to get a stress from the new ďangleĒ some sort. Itís hard to explain, but felt like Iím stuck on the same level and needed something new to continue improving.
In the spring, our team hired a new coach, Tor Arne Hetland from Norway. Beside his amazing career as a cross-country skier, he has a huge experience of coaching at the highest level in countries like Germany, Switzerland and Norway. That exactly what I needed, fresh approach and view of training, that what made a biggest difference for me this summer.
We just wrapped up our training camp in Vermont, and Iím impressed by the amount of hard training we were able to accomplished, one of the hardest training camps Iíve done in my entire career, but the best part, that Iím coming out of that camp not tired, but actually in pretty good shape and stronger than ever. Which is a great sign, it means my body can handle that training volume or maybe even greater. Feel like there are no limits physically, only mentally.
Other exciting news for me and my whole family is that we moved into a new house. Of course itís still in Canmore, just on the other side of the Bow valley. Moving and settling took a lot of energy out of us, but itís all good and we are pretty happy in the new place.
Last but definitely not least highlight of the summer for me was getting a car sponsorship from a Bow Valley Ford dealership.  I couldnít even dream of that! Love my new Ford Escape (see photos below)! Thank you so much for making this happen Bow Valley Ford and personally Derrick Koch!
Happy to say, that next month Iíll be training in Canmore, and spending more time with my wife and two wonderful sons, I missed them a lot in the past two weeks. After that, in late September, our team will be going to Park City, Utah, for the last dry land training camp before the racing season. Iíll make sure to blog about it. 
Thanks for reading.
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    Training in Bend was great! As always.
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    One of the hardest workouts, 1minuters all out bounding!
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    Car revealing came on 4th of July, which is my birthday! Perfect birth day present from Bow Valley Ford.
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    Love the graphics on my new Escape!
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    Few days in Startton was very fogy and rainy, but we all still had a great time training.
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    Old school double pursuit time trial. Devon was unstoppable. #SummerKersh
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    Tor Arne making sure Lenny is fully recovered for a next training. :)

     

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    Gym in the SMS, Stratton Mountain School, had everything we need.

     

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    Spirit was high for every single workout.
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    Roads in Vermont mostly in quite good shape, with wide shoulder and polite, patient drivers.

     




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