As far as I'm concerned, the first day of winter is tomorrow. After weeks of ski tuning, packing, sorting and scheduling, we're on the road and in Colorado.
Scott left Idaho before me, having physical assessments at the USST Center of Excellence in Park City, followed by a "Team Building" trip to Moab, UT from Oct 25-29. Joy and I drove down to meet him this week -- then she took the other car home while Scott and I continued to Colorado. Although this is nothing like military operations, our logistics are far more complex than the average family's.
We're now settled in Dillon, CO with our friends, the Johns, who let us camp here every November. Scott calls this his home away from home. We'll be training with our Canadian friends (and ex-World Cup coaches) Michel Pratte and Matt Kerr for a four days until the rest of the team gets here. This is how we've started our winters for the past three years and it feels good to be back at it. On Friday Scott rejoins the US Team at Vail, where he'll be training for about 18 days. Competition starts on November 27th and will be fast and furious right up to Christmas.
Scott has commited to posting his blog frequently this year, so I hope you check it out for the racer's perspective.