The season of meetings and organizing continues… nothing here deserving of a picture, but I hear there will be photos posted shortly of last night’s first-of-the-season backyard skiing!
Last Thursday evening, Dennis and I went to the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association fall meeting at Moultonborough Academy. With a new president who is reaching out to all athletic directors and coaches throughout the state, it was the largest turnout in years! There are many great initiatives underway, including a move of the NH Series races to late January/mid-February. This shift will allow more ski time before the races, and holding these qualifying races closer to the J2 and EHSC championship events has been a goal for years. There is also a move to take a more regional approach to the high school racing schedule to minimize travel costs and missed school. Look for cross-division (may also include prep schools) Regional Championships in early February. For the Connecticut Valley region, this event is likely to be in the Upper Valley!
Sunday afternoon/evening, Dennis, Tim, Dave & Nancy Lindahl, and I attended the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum’s Hall of Fame induction dinner at Killington. John Morton, long-time teammate of Dennis’s and men’s coach during Dave’s and my years at Dartmouth, was one of this year’s inductees. There was a strong Upper Valley/Ford Sayre contingent there to celebrate with him!
Tuesday evening brought a USSA coaches’ education webinar on “Effects of Altitude on Training and Performance.” Take-aways from the 90min presentation… the most important things a sea-level athlete can do to prepare for competition at altitude are stay hydrated and stay healthy… and Dennis will need to ‘live high, train low’ to be ready for his duties as a NE Junior Nationals coach in Utah!