|Perfect camping spot|
|Fall colors popping strong up north|
Training continued with beautiful skies and a move towards more intense training as we get our bodies ready for racing. But Alaska is nothing if not unpredictable and the rain did come. We had our two weeks of mental toughness training in which it rained everyday and the sun never appeared. I was lucky and had to zip down to the lower 48 for a friend's wedding in Iowa. I had never been to Iowa, but didn't expect much other than cornfields. I was wrong! I was pleasantly surprised to find some corn fields, but also nice towns, nice people, single track trails, beautiful rivers, and nice bluffs above them, not to mention that it was beautifully sunny the whole time. It was essentially a high school reunion for me with some of my closest friends all making the journey and every minute of the trip was full of laughs, smiles, and lots of hugs.
Upon arriving back to AK, things got intense. We pushed through the rain, ramping up the training with many hard sessions each week. This will continue through much of the fall in order to work on our racing speed and skills before the snow flies, O wait, that 2 weeks of rain, yeah, it left the mountains with quite a blanket of snow. Skiing will be here soon!
|The beautiful bride|
|The neat church where the wedding took place|
|The happy couple, so happy they're blury|
|Catching a free ride on the Spongebob Squarepants rollercoaster at our layover next to the Mall of America|
|The Whole Gang|
|The last time we were all together, maybe 2009?|
|Running with brother|
|My new Iowa Fan Club. Randy's store made us great burgers and shuttled us for an afternoon canoe and has promised to air the World Cup this winter!|
|At least rain makes rainbows, back in Anchorage|
|Kikkan and I suited up for a wet ski|
|Eventually the rain broke and left snow!|
|Blue Skies : )|