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Bend camp – back to it!

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Bend…I missed this place; this snow, these trails, the local skiers and the riverside trail running. Yes, yes, we will get to the crash photos and discuss my downhill ineptitude in great detail later on. But first, a cheesy love note to my team and why I’m still here, getting…

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Big crystal balls – the 2020-21 Season recap

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That’s a wrap! The 2020-21 season ended on just about the highest note imaginable (with the exception of covid still being a big part of our lives, of course). This was the hardest and most challenging season I think I’ve ever faced, without the ability to see Wade or my…

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World Champs 2021

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At the start of this season, I don’t think anyone would have predicted that we’d be able to race at World Champs in March with covid, let alone that it would be 60 degrees and sunny slush racing. It’s truly impressive to me that everyone has put so much time,…

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Falun frolicking and Ulricehamn hammering

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One of the fun facts about our team is that our Physical therapists, Massage therapists and team Doctors are entirely volunteer-based. These generous, hardworking individuals press pause on their jobs and lives back home to come on the road with us and hold our tired and sore bodies together race…

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Seiser-awesome and Lahti Living

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The alternate title for this blog post was going to be “Julia Kern and Jesse Vaananen take amazing photos” but that didn’t exactly fit in the title bar.  Our training camp is Seiser Alm was, frankly, the most incredible experience. I felt very spoiled after the Tour, and I wouldn’t…

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Le Tour de Sparkles

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That was the tour of my wildest dreams! It has always been the biggest goal of mine to become a true all-around skier, to be able to be competitive any day, any race, any course. Which is why winning the Tour de Ski was such a pipe dream, an absolute…

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The Holiday Gift guide (and Davos update)

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It was recently suggested to me that I make up a gift guide with all my favorite gear, including a few stocking stuffers. Finding the perfect gift for someone with gear they will actually love and use is actually quite tricky! At the risk of this sounding like a sponsored…

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Let’s GOOOOO!

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All right, I know, it’s been a little while since I updated. So brace yourself! It’s time to get rolling on a new season, and since it’s 2020, we’re basically ready for anything and everything. I want to hit pause for a second and address the fact that I’m over…

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The Big Stupid

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In my book, I take a moment to explain the concept behind “The Big Stupid”; an adventure that really isn’t the smartest from a training perspective for my sport, but is very necessary in order to feed my soul and sense of adventure. In that sense, it’s not stupid at…

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Training fuel, Part 2: the actual food!

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All right, all right, Jessie…you’ve waxed poetic on how important it is to take care of yourself, to put health first, and to create a safe and supportive training environment. All good things! But what does that actually look like when it comes to putting food on your plate and…

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