Wow! The end of the season has been a whirlwind, and it all went by too fast. It’s been an incredible season for me and all-in-all, I’m happy with how it went. First national championship win, first time racing World Cups, and first time winning the season title for the Supertour. It wouldn’t have been possible without the Alaska Pacific University team, and the support of everyone who has helped me along the way. It’s a great feeling knowing that so many people stand behind me, and are with me on this journey. I’m humbled and honored to share the success with our amazing ski community.
I’m hungry for more and can see the road to get there. At the Canadian World cups in Quebec, I had the realization “This is what I want.” After the end of the season, I’m really not all that tired – mostly just bummed the racing is over. I take that to be a good thing. I like competing, and I’m already excited to get going and start preparing for next year.
Here are a ton of photos from the last portion of the season, starting with the second part of the Canadian World Cup tour in Canmore. I also updated my previous blog post with a ton of additional photos from the World Cup races in Quebec. Make sure to check that out here. A big thanks to my Dad, Steve Fuller (http://www.flyingpointroad.com/) and Reese Brown (https://reesebrown.smugmug.com/) for the many pictures.
Northug, Musgrave, and Pellegrino on the climb in qualification.
After the end of the ski tour, I had one week to prepare for Spring Nationals. The pressure was on! At the end of the season, the Supertour leader gets World Cup start rights the next fall. The good news was that I carried a slim 13 point lead going in to Spring Nationals. The bad news was that my body was basically broken after the Canadian WC tour. I rested for five days after the last World Cup, with just easy one hour workouts every day, and surprisingly enough felt like things started to come around!
It was great to meet up with the whole APU crew in Craftsbury for one last low-key race series to finish out the season.
Everett Sapp made a video with some cool footage from the race! You can see how slow the snow got.
This was the hardest race I’ve ever done. I was dreaming about hamburgers before we even made it halfway. It was just like the warmest of days we see training on the glacier- slow, sloppy, and soft. In those conditions you just have to keep the legs moving and work every bit of the way.
In the end, I held on to win the overall Supertour season title! I’m happy to say I’ll be starting next season on the World Cup! It’s an opportunity I’m looking forward to!
Now time for spring adventures in Alaska, with hopefully some great crust skiing and backcountry skiing. Just to get excited, here is a video from crust skiing a couple years ago. Maybe it’s time to make new video for 2016…