This is the second installment of a seven part series in which the US Ski Team’s Noah Hoffman recounts his 2010-2011 season.
My training so far this year has progressed really well! I feel fit, my energy has been really good, I’ve really enjoyed all of the travel, and my technique work is slowly but surely heading in the right direction. Since my last update I’ve been to two US Ski Team Camps in Bend, Oregon and New Zealand, I’ve done three stints in Boulder working with one of my coaches on technique, I’ve participated in a couple of development camps in Park City, and I’ve been having plenty of fun as well.
Our camp in Bend was really fun and productive. We had a little bit of everything in terms of weather, but there was plenty of snow and the skiing was good. The Canadian National Team came down for the camp as well. They have some incredible skiers who were top 10 at the Olympics, so it is always a great opportunity to train with them. They are also a really fun team, we are all good friends, and they add a ton to the camp.
After Bend I packed up my stuff from Aspen and moved out to Park City again for the summer and fall. I was lucky enough to be invited back to live with the Adams, the same family I was with last year. Again, it is a great situation, they are incredibly generous, and they make training and living super easy. I really enjoy staying with them.
In mid June, two of my teammates, one of my coaches, and a couple of friends flew out to Denver to watch the Rockies take on the Red Sox at Coors Field. Everyone in my group was an avid Sox fan, so I had to represent the Rockies well. We had a ton of fun and saw two awesome games.
The Rockies pulled off the first game with a walk-off home run in the 9th by Jason Giambi. The Red Sox won the second game in 10 innings in the best baseball game I’ve ever seen.
Soon after I got back, my friends and I went on an outing to the Oakley Rodeo in Utah. It had been a long time since I’d been to a rodeo and two of my friends had never been. We all dressed up for the occasion, but my outfit took the cake.
After a good training block in Park City, I packed up for my first trip ever to the southern hemisphere. We stayed at the Snow Farm near Wanaka, New Zealand. It’s about an hour and a half north of Queenstown. It was so fun to be in mid-winter conditions in July and August, but I definitely missed summer. For the most part, we had incredible weather down at the Farm.
The views were spectacular as well.
This was the view from our bedroom window. On the other side of the building the ski trails were pretty spectacular and great training.
I got to do a lot of training and two races while I was down there.
I took 5th in the first race, a 15 kilometer classic mass start, against some world class skiers from my team and the Canadian team. I won the second race, a 10k individual start skate race, against a much weaker field. Results in the middle of the summer don’t mean very much, but it was a good indication that I am on the right track. However, I still have a long way to go to be able to ski with World Class skiers in the final 2 kilometers.
After New Zealand I came straight back to Aspen to spend some time at home. This past weekend I got to go to my uncle’s wedding in Durango. It was a great event and really fun to see most of my mom’s side of the family.
The wedding was low key but very well done.
I’m back in Aspen now. Tomorrow I’m heading back down to Boulder to work on technique. On Friday I get to go to Leadville to pace Greg Adams, whom I live with in Park City, and Zeke Tiernan, a good friend of mine from Aspen, for part of the Leadville 100 Mile Running Race. I am really excited to get to run with them in the race. It is an honor to get asked to pace them. I’ve never been to an ultra-marathon race. It blows me away that they run for 100 miles! A week from today I’ll head back to Park City, and then my sister is going to come visit me the following weekend. I haven’t seen her since early June. I can’t wait!
In early September we have a camp in Sun Valley, Idaho and in early October one in Lake Placid, New York. I think I am set up for a really good fall of training. I’m really looking forward to my busy schedule.
Thanks for your continued support!
The US Ski Team’s Noah Hoffman spent most of the winter racing in Europe, with stints back in the United States for National Championships and the SuperTour Finals. With two top-30’s at World Championships in Oslo, Norway leading the way, Noah had his best season to date, adding strong performances on the World Cup and U23 World Championships.
Along the way, Noah sent periodic updates back to friends and family – a digital diary documenting the entire 2010-2011 training and racing season. The journey started over a year ago with the end of the 2010 campaign and a trip to New York City. With stops in Bend, Oregon, Lake Placid, New York, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Norway among others, Noah had plenty to write home about before he wrapped things up in Sun Valley, Idaho this April at the SuperTour Finals.
He has graciously shared these updates with FasterSkier, providing a unique year-long perspective on the life of an elite ski racer. We will publish Noah’s updates in serial form, with a new one coming every few days.
The Hoffman Chronicles