Simi Hamilton


Archive for December, 2010

Rolling with it in ME

Topic: General News

It doesn’t feel right to be sitting in a hotel room in Bethel, Maine ALL day when nationals is just a stone’s throw away. I should be going through the motions; getting some good L3, L4, and distance in, skiing the sprint and distance courses, and catching up with people that I haven’t seen since I was in Maine 9 months ago. But, alas, here I am, so I’m rolling with it. During travels out here a few days ago, I got flattened by something that I most likely picked up along the way, and I’m still reeling from the knock-out punch. I was at least able to spend some really good time with Kate’s family in Cape Elizabeth all week, although I was pretty bummed not to take advantage of the sweet training conditions around Portland and Pineland. So I’m focusing on getting 100% healthy as quickly as possible so I can take advantage of as much quality racing next week as I can. Nationals is always a well-run, fun event and the racing is top-notch. So my fingers are crossed that I’ll be back in the game in no time. 

Christmas at home was really nice. I had some big training hours on the table, so it was great to be home getting plenty of rest and eating well while focusing on the task at hand. I felt really, really good all week, which makes my current status that much harder to swallow, but I’m looking at things in the big picture… last week’s training will be really good for my racing in February and March, which will be the most important part of my season. For Christmas eve and day, our family escaped up to our cabin at the base of Chair Mountain above Marble, CO. It was nice to get out of the chaos of Aspen during the holiday season. Check out the pics.

Check back in for updates from Maine throughout next week and happy new year!




Topic: General News


After an up and down first WC period in Europe, I’m back in Aspen making the most of the comforts of home. After a few weeks in northern Finland and Sweden, we chase the sun down to central Europe and had some great racing in Germany and Switzerland. Sprinting in Dusseldorf was a wild experience. The course is laid out literally right above the Rhine in the downtown streets, and the WC hotel is part of a Bundasliga 2 soccer stadium (photo below). Needless to say, it was a very new and cool experience. For me personally, the races weren’t great, but we had some good team performances, highlighted by Kikkan’s 2nd place.  The 2 lap course is tricky… pacing is a key factor. It is entirely flat, so recovery is hard to come by. For the most part, if you try to ski the 3:30 qualifier like you would a normal skate sprint, you’ll most likely end up losing quite a bit of time in the last 500 m. because you’re so blown out from the first 2/3. Believe me, it’s true, I know from experience. But Andy and I rolled into the team Sprint on that Sunday renewed and with a fresh confidence (neither of us had good days on the individual day). Conditions were way better than the previous day- hard and fast snow made for more sprint-like conditions. Our semi heat was going really well; our heat was significantly faster than the previous heat, and we maintained a great position in the lead pack for 5 of the 6 legs. With 600 meters left on my last lap before tagging Andy for his last lap, a German made what I thought to be a very questionable move as he cut right in front of me skied over both of my skies, sending me toppling into the slush and watching as the front pack (which I had been in) skied away toward the exchange. But hey, that’s ski racing. Sometimes things don’t work out in your favor, and it sucks. 

On Monday, I put the not-so-great weekend of racing behind me and we headed to Davos to meet up with the rest of the team. Besides getting a massive dump of 50+ cm right before the distance race, training went really well all week. My leg was feeling the best it had been feeling since I injured it in October, and I was no longer hesitant to really put it to the test during skate workouts. 

It was fun watching the crew race the tough 10/15 km on Saturday. No one had a truly stellar day, but it was still awesome watching everyone hang tough through the crazy conditions. Sunday’s sprint yielded really great conditions, and the sun even blessed us with its presence for most of the day. My qualifier went well- I felt strong, relaxed, and efficient and was pretty psyched when I saw that I skied to 11th. I wasn’t particularly psyched with how my heat ended up going, but I learned some really good things that I will undoubtedly be applying to the next WC heat I ski.

Now home for a couple weeks before jumping back on a plane and heading out to Rumford nationals. Check back in for an update from Aspen, where it’s currently dumping!





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