1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into skiing.
I was born and raised in a tiny town called Carrabassett Valley, Maine. This small town is the home to Sugarloaf Ski Area which has a long legacy of being the training ground for winter sports athletes. It also boasts one of the best ski academies in the country. Weekend ski programs were cheaper than day care, and easier for my parents who worked for the academy and then for the resort while I was growing up. It was just kind of the natural progression if you were athletic and your parents were in the industry to end up as a skier. When you’re in middle school ski racing is all about your friends and I had such an awesome group of buddies that just loved to be on the mountain going fast.
2.) What is a typical week of training for you?
I’m always running! I run around five days a week these days, which is pretty counter-intuitive and unique for someone raised in Alpine racing. Over the years I have just learned to love running. I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing where my own feet can take me. I love that it is an activity I can do anywhere on the planet, solo… just blast the jams and go. It’s important to me to have a chunk of alone time everyday and I like finding that in running. The ski trails in the West are longer, steeper and often involve boot packing and hiking (especially when working with photographers) so I’m always thankful to have a higher level of aerobic capacity.
Of course I have to remind myself sometimes that I am still a downhill skier, and that strong legs and core strength are really, really, really important. Plus I have learned this the hard way through several knee surgeries. I haven’t had a gym membership in years, so I always have to get a little creative with squats, wall sits, planks, and tons of other core but regardless of the lack of gym equipment I usually still figure out a way to kick my own butt.
3.) How do you stay properly fueled and hydrated throughout?
I have learned so much about hydrating since living in Utah; it’s so dry here! Coming from Maine where everything is so humid, it’s easy to forget and to put hydration on the bottom of your priority list. If I run in Utah without water, especially when at high elevation or in high heat I feel it almost immediately. I’ve learned if I go for a run in Utah without a water bottle, I’m going to have a bad time. As it’s gotten cooler, it’s been a little bit easier to leave the water bottle at home. (AKA it’s not total torture to do without it.) Before going for a run, I’ll try and go through at least two big water bottles whilel I sit at my desk. If I throw in a Nuun tab I can usually make it through three. ( :
4.) What’s your favorite flavor of Nuun both on and off the slopes?I’m a Watermelon addict regardless of the season! It is hands down my favorite flavor so I always do a big stock up while it’s available over the summer. A close second is the Cherry Limeade, now in Nuun Energy for a little extra pick me up.
5.) What’s your favorite part about being a Nuun ambassador?
I love the community of active people – there are so many runners, bikers, and true endurance athletes! I’ve been around action sports my whole life, so I love seeing a different side of athleticism and commitment. It motivates me to keep pushing myself to continue pursuing those sports. The longest race I have done is a 10k (Hello Beach to Beacon!), but since being a Nuun Ambassador I’ve become super inspired to try some longer distances in my daily runs and my goal for 2015 is to do a marathon– something that wasn’t even on my radar before.
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