Sunday, June 16, 2013
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 5:02 PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|08-04-2013||Tahoe||USA||US Super Tour||2 km F Pursuit Uphill||4||45.32|
|06-04-2013||Tahoe||USA||US Super Tour||SP 1 km C Qual||4||95.00|
|06-04-2013||Tahoe||USA||US Super Tour||SP 1 km C Final||11|
|05-04-2013||Tahoe||USA||US Super Tour||15 km C Mst||4||53.18|
|04-04-2013||Tahoe||USA||US Super Tour||3.1 km F||22||81.45|
|28-03-2013||Whistler Olympic Park||CAN||National Championships||SP 1.6 km C Qual||10||104.36|
|28-03-2013||Whistler Olympic Park||CAN||National Championships||SP 1.6 km C Final||26|
|26-03-2013||Whistler Olympic Park||CAN||National Championships||15 km C||5||44.08|
|24-03-2013||Whistler Olympic Park||CAN||National Championships||10 km F||4||38.55|
|23-02-2013||Hayward, WI||USA||Marathon Cup||52 km F Mst||16||52.39|
|10-02-2013||Aspen, CO||USA||US Super Tour||21 km F Mst||2||34.07|
|09-02-2013||Aspen, CO||USA||US Super Tour||10 km C||2||33.31|
|09-02-2013||Aspen, CO||USA||US Super Tour||SP 1 km C Qual||2||95.07|
|20-01-2013||Maloit Park||USA||FIS Race||15 km C Mst||1||32.42|
|19-01-2013||Maloit Park||USA||FIS Race||10 km F||1||32.42|
|08-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||SP 1 km F Qual||27||129.09|
|08-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||SP 1 km F Final||5|
|06-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||30 km C Mst||7||40.90|
|04-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||15 km F||19||73.79|
|02-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||SP 1 km C Final||22|
|02-01-2013||Midway, UT||USA||National Championships||SP 1 km C Qual||12||100.88|
|16-12-2012||Canmore||CAN||World Cup||Skiathlon 15/15 km C/F||DNF|
|15-12-2012||Canmore||CAN||Sprint Qualification||SP F Qual||63||116.41|
|15-12-2012||Canmore||CAN||World Cup||SP F Final||63|
|08-12-2012||Quebec||CAN||World Cup||SP F Final||57|
|08-12-2012||Quebec||CAN||Sprint Qualification||SP F Qual||57||82.18|
|07-12-2012||Quebec||CAN||World Cup||Team Sprint F||24|
|02-12-2012||Kuusamo||FIN||World Cup||26 km M||83|
|02-12-2012||Kuusamo||FIN||Stage World Cup||15 km C Pursuit||83||198.90|
|01-12-2012||Kuusamo||FIN||Stage World Cup||10 km F||88||79.34|
|30-11-2012||Kuusamo||FIN||Sprint Qualification||SP C Qual||74||91.46|
|30-11-2012||Kuusamo||FIN||Stage World Cup||SP C Final||74|
|24-11-2012||Gaellivare||SWE||World Cup||15 km F||76||75.43|
|18-11-2012||Muonio||FIN||FIS Race||15 km F||27||54.88|
|17-11-2012||Muonio||FIN||FIS Race||10 km C||43||53.45|
|16-11-2012||Muonio||FIN||FIS Race||SP 1.0 km C Qual||66||112.09|
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 3:50 PM
Monday, June 3, 2013
The past two weeks I have been in Bend, OR. We come to this camp every year to "spark" the new training year.
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 1:37 PM
Monday, May 20, 2013
I went to Mesa Verde and the Great Sand Dunes with my 4th grade classroom this past week and had a blast. It was so nice to spend time outside of classroom with these kids to see what they were like as individuals outside of being a 4th grader.
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 5:15 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Ben True. An amazing running specimen.
I have had the opportunity to follow my ITA teammate's running progress since we graduated from college through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Searches.
A good friend of my dad asked me three years ago, first, if I knew Ben True, and second, if I wanted to be put on his email list for track and field results. It was the best mass email I have ever signed up for. Never have I seen such a following of a track star that he, even, isn't aware of.
I met Ben in college while he was attending Dartmouth and I was attending Bates College. Ben was consistently beating me my freshman year (he was a sophomore) despite racing on the sidewalls of his skis, which our mutual friend, Roger Knight, always joked about. Bottom line, whatever went on his feet, he was gonna make it work and make you look slow. I will still never forget the first race I beat Ben. Please see below for proof. I was ecstatic to say the least.
We kept battling it out for years after. Then he took a break from skiing my junior year and I think I was one of his greatest decisions. While we missed the competition and him helping push the eastern skiing and college skiing scene as a whole, it was probably one of the best decisions he ever made (I don't actually know that, just a hunch).
Our senior year Ben retired from skiing and while I was sad he wasn't continuing, I knew the road he was about to take was going to be a great one. He also gave me all of his old skis, which I wasn't going to complain about.
It has been a privilege to see Ben's successes over the past couple of years. I will honestly say that when things feel tough for me, I look at the perseverance he has, and try to embrace my inner Ben.
I look up to him.
This coming season will be the most important in my Nordic skiing career. I am excited for the road ahead no matter how it turns out. But you can assure I will be pushing as hard as Ben did on those sidewalls all those years back.
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 7:36 AM
Monday, April 22, 2013
I headed into the back country this past weekend and got back late last night!
I had a great time with some old buddies doing some skiing and hanging out around a cabin fireplace. We had great weather. I'll be further updating this blog when I get back to my computer and get some photos up from my camera.
Back to the classroom as well and I'm so excited about that. I'm also setting up a running club for the 4th and 5th grade boys at the elementary school where I work because there is already a girls program in place. I'm calling it "Fit and Fast Boys." Sounds like the boys are ready to do some running!
More to come! Check back this afternoon!
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 6:54 AM
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The past two weeks I have been in Canada and California. I arrived in California on the 29th and have had an amazing time since. I don't often get to visit much with friends during the ski season. It's usually quick coffee meet-ups.
This is my favorite time of the season because its when I really get to enjoy ski racing and be with good friends and teammates.
Super Tour Finals in California brings in the best skiers in America: college skiers, SuperTour skiers and the top juniors. It's always interesting to see who has held into their fitness or who has been holding into their "peak" for these races.
Our races have been:
15k Classic Mass Start
1.3k Classic Sprint
6km Skate Hill Climb
50km Classic Mass Start
Tomorrow we have our hill climb and should be one of the toughest races of the week. Pretty excited to be starting 6th in a field of very talented skiers. I'm hoping to hold onto this spot through our pursuit start.
Both of my ITA teammates Torin and Brian will be racing.
Some pictures from the week.
Posted by Sylvan Ellefson at 9:16 PM