Simi Hamilton


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Day 51

Topic: General News

Just finished a great strength session at High Altitude Fitness and then a nice pool sess at Zenergy. Life is pretty good. Since I have titled this page on my website “blog”, I thought I’d do something “blogish”. I was just browsing through twitter, and found an article that Andrew Gardner (my old college ski coach and friend) linked to. The article is about the current oil “spill” in the Gulf (read the article to see why I put spill in quotations). It’s written by my good friend, role model, and xc superstar Bill McKibben. Definitely worth reading. In my opinion, this is the most successful attempt at sizing up the true significance of what is going on right now. Sad, but I don’t think it’s too late to start looking at this as a wake up call. Check it out:




“Sun” Valley

Topic: General News

I felt obligated this evening to step outside and snap some photos of SUNSHINE in SUN VALLEY. I think they were the first rays I’ve seen since I came back from Bend. It sure is nice to feel some vitamin D on the skin, and really hope this afternoon wasn’t just a tease. Forecast for tomorrow says partly cloudy with only a very very small chance of showers in the afternoon, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that tomorrow morning won’t be like this morning… downpour!

This morning’s workout was good. It was one of those days that you would much rather stay in bed and read, so getting out in the rain and double poling 2 hours in the gloomy, flat air made me feel tough. I tried to count how many earthworms I rolled over, but lost count somewhere around 200. My body is feeling pretty tired after Bend, but I think that’s a good sign. My main goal this week is to get in some really quality workouts while still listening to my body and getting the proper recovery I need. Hydration and sleep will be key, as well as keeping my easy workouts EASY. Looking forward to a track workout with the team tomorrow morning, and then some fun mountain and road rides later this week. Pray for sun!




Back in Ketchum

Topic: General News

I’ve been home for a few days now, and it’s been great. Bend was a super awesome camp, but I am definitely enjoying some time for rest and recovery with my girlfriend, Kate, and all my other friends/teammates in the Wood River Valley. The weather hasn’t changed much from Bend- rainy and cold all day long, but it’s probably good because it’s been conducive to staying inside most of the day and putting my feet up after a 35 hour training camp. 

4/7 of the USST. L to R: Morgan Arritola, Simi Hamilton, Liz Stephen, Andrew Newell.

So my plan is that I’m here in Ketchum basically until I leave for our New Zealand camp in mid-July. I’m super stoked for that one. We’ll overlap with the Canadian team down there, and were even already planning a surf trip to the coast with those guys mid-camp. It’s gonna be awesome training here until I leave to go down under. The training group in Sun Valley right now is freakin’ awesome. There’s a ton of collegiate skiers like Chase Marston, Corinne Prevot, Taylor Sundali, to name a few, living and training here all summer. The atmosphere is awesome and everyone is pretty fired up for some hard work to come! Keep checking in to see some more posts, my goal is to start doing some sweet video posts because I picked up a sweet Sony HD camera this winter. 



Getting Started

Topic: General News

Welp, this is my first post on my first personal website. I think the title is appropriate as I am new to all of this and we are in the middle of our first training camp of the year. We’ve been here in Bend, Oregon for the last 10 days, and it’s been pretty awesome. With the exception of a minor setback involving 25 drinkbelts being stolen on Century Dr. while we were doing intervals, things have pretty much been prefect. We haven’t put klister on once since we’ve been here (zero skiing has been sweet) and awesome grooming has awaited us at 8 a.m. every morning. Our workouts have ranged from easy, long (2.5 hr) skis up at Bachelor to L4 rollerski double pole intervals. It’s been great having a ton of skiers here. The canadian national team came down, my home club, SVSEF is here, and there are even a few stragglers from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project sneaking around. Being able to train with a variety of different people is so huge, as each person has something good to bring to the table. Plus you don’t get sick of skiing with the same people all the time. 

Bend is truly a great opportunity to get your feet back under you. It is at the perfect time of year to get back on the skis because you’ve had just enough time to take a mental break from ski-specific training but it hasn’t been too long that you’ve forgotten how to ski. After the first couple days of on-snow training, you more or less remember what your body’s supposed to do. It’s a good feeling when everything starts to click again. 

Keep checking in to my site to find out more about me and what life as a full time skier is like. I am working on getting my site more aesthetically interesting, and promise it will make big jumps in that department soon. I will also be posting a ton of pictures and links soon. Cool



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