Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello Midwestern Community!

Jennie Bender here.

Matt and Jennie - Twin Cities Champions!

I know I have been missing in action on the Midwest scene for quite some time, but chasing winter will do that to a skier! It’s now time to start gearing up for the most important season in my professional career thus far.

Since the Birkie, I had an altitude camp in Canmore, Alberta with my fellow CXC teammate Sara Hewitt who lives there. The area has a high cost of living, but I HIGHLY advise going if you ever want an incredible winter vacation. The grooming is immaculate, and their race course is one of the hardest in the world.

Then I headed to my homeland on the East Coast for Canadian Nationals in Mont Sainte Anne, and Spring Series/Distance Nationals in Vermont. My best results from that excursion were a 3rd in a skate sprint at Canadian Nationals (two Canadian Olympians were 1st and 2nd), and a 3rd in a classic sprint at Spring Series against Chandra Crawford and Jessie Diggins.

Spring Series was actually the only week of racing all year where ALL of the top American women attended, so although they were the last races of the season, the week held a lot of merit. I still need to work on my consistency of distance results, because there are a lot of fast female sprinters in the U.S right now, meaning that competing for World Cup sprinter spots is quite challenging.

It has been satisfying to see my training pay off this year, as I had a nice jump in results from the past. I was 3rd at the skate Birkie, won a few of my first Supertours, and ended up 2nd on the over all Supertour standings list.

Fantastic Finish

This brings much anticipation for the future. As weird as it is to say, I now feel that I am training for the 2014 Olympics. It is actually possible if I have another big jump this next season. I have my list of weaknesses I need to work on, and am ready to go. I am hoping to make my first World Cup in Canmore in December, which is decided by this seasons spring results and next fall competitions.

When I come back next week, I am getting a roommate, going to try and make some money, and am looking forward to getting on my road bike. I am going to my first on snow “summer” camp middle of May in Bend Oregon (yes… season 2012/2013 is already starting!) and still have my CXC training camps up at Telemark Lodge each month in the summer.

I hope we meet up soon,
Thanks for reading!


Jennie Bender

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