Icelandic Adventure: Trail Running On Viking Volcanoes

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Vincent Malo is an avid enduro and track cyclist, dual sport motorcyclist, trail runner, backcountry skier and amateur surfer. His goal in life is to do what my grandma always told me to do: reach a balance between his personal and professional goals, i.e. mixing off the grid adventures as often as he can while kicking marketing ass at Beside Media House, a premium content platform about nature, adventure and sustainability.


In 2016, I was starting to get Iceland FOMO. A few friends went, got fairly excited with drones and wide angle lenses, and told me about the land of badassness in a way that caused me to eventually just book a plane ticket to Iceland. Then I was stuck with the question, “so I’m going to Iceland, what should I do when I land?.” The answer quickly came: trail running across viking volcanoes.
A few weeks after booking that solo plane ticket, I met Julien Grimard through common friends in Montreal. I had already heard about Julien and his crazy bike projects, and when I met him, we were both just tipsy enough to decide to go to Iceland together accompanied by bike packing, trail running and camping gear. Julien and I then started riding bikes together in Northern Quebec, exploring logging roads with the support of Lululemon Men and Bombtrack bikes. We eventually decided to add a bit more complexity and fun to the planning of our week in Iceland. Although we spent a few weeks planning this trip properly, we had no idea how it would turn out. We packed as thoroughly as we could, strapped our bikes in travel cases, and headed to the airport.
We landed in Reykjavik, got our bikes out of their cases, and started rebuilding and tuning them. We strapped all camping equipment on our Blackburn racks, and started riding out of the capital city, eastbound. After just a few miles, we were already amazed by the harsh ruggedness of everything we could see and feel all around us. Huge waves slamming against sharp volcanic rock cliffs, violent wind bursts, weather conditions changing every 5 minutes. Everything around us was overwhelming, but in a way that just made us want to go further and push limits to discover the crazy landscapes and rewarding trails.


We eventually made it to Landmannalaugar in the highlands of Iceland. As we rode towards the campsite, we ran into hardcore long distance hikers who all gave us the “how the hell have you guys ridden all the way to here?” look. As we made it to basecamp and spotted what became the sexiest and most off the grid campsite I’ve ever had the chance of sleeping at, we saw hikers coming back from day hikes around the valley. They all walked by our tent and each had their own ways of telling us how truly divine each trail seemed to be. That got us quite excited so we decided to make the most of our remaining days in Landmannalaugar to head out on daily trail run and bike adventure.







The Fjallabak Nature Reserve is simply mind-blowing, whichever trail you pick. Every mountain summit rewards you with panoramas of mountain ranges that all vary in colour, size, and shape. I’ve never seen color contrasts like these anywhere else in the world. As we went on trail runs everyday, we had to make sure to be carrying enough water and sunblock – you’re literally running through volcano activity. The upside: whenever you’re cold, just run towards the closest cloud of sulfur smoke coming out of the ground or warm up by one of the hundreds of natural hot springs around. The downside: get too close to that heat source and get third degree burns from lava heat. Win some, lose some.



Julien and I truly had a blast from start to finish thanks to the support of Jaybird, making this bucket list trip become reality. We’ll definitely be heading back to Iceland soon, as a mere week was just a tease. The plan for next time? Train harder, get back out there with bigger calves, more electrolytes, and longer playlists to listen to when we’re sprinting through volcanoes and pretending we’re running faster than Vikings. Until next time, Iceland.


5 Influential Women Runners You Should Know

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In a world where sports have typically been dominated by male competitors, women are consistently breaking barriers. In just the last year, Courtney Duwaulter finished 1st overall in the Moab 240 by over 10 hours, Chloe Kim became the youngest female athlete to take home an Olympic snowboarding medal, and Shalane Flanagan crossed the Boston Marathon finish line before any other woman or man. While these women are making major headlines, women everywhere are pushing their limits to change the game. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to some of the most influential women we know who continue to raise the bar in the running community.

Rory Bosio


Photo by: Tim Kemple


Rory Bosio is a part-time ultrarunner, part-time Pediatric ICU nurse, and full-time goof ball residing in Lake Tahoe, California. She was the 2nd female and 21st overall in the 2012 Western States 100. One of her most recent accomplishments was completing the GR 20, a 180 km trail with 48,000 ft of elevation gain on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, in 50 hours. Rory’s life goal is to spend as much time in the mountains as possible, whether it be on foot, skis, bike, or a yoga mat.

“In my world, every day is Women’s Day. Between my friends, family, mentors, and coworkers, I am surrounded by fantastic, inspiring women who push me to be a better human on a continual basis. I am happy to be a woman and wouldn’t change it, even for all the advantages that come with being a man. We women contain multitudes and our ability to affect change and create a better world for all people is what makes me proud to call myself a girl. This past year has been so exciting to see the culture at large shifting to a more female-centric and female-friendly environment. I say, bring it on! Cheers to all the Women today. Party time! Onwards and upwards for all of us!” -Rory

Jennifer Kyle


Photo by: Tracey Mammolito


Jennifer Kyle is a half and full marathon runner from Marin County, California. As a casual runner through college, Jennifer didn’t begin racing until October 2014 when she ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. She was hooked immediately and is now training to become an Abbott Six Star Finisher (running all six major marathons). So far, she has completed Boston and Chicago and will be traveling to Germany to run the Berlin Marathon this year.

“Women’s Day is great opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come in culture, as well as the way women lift each other up in our culture now. Let’s be real – every day is day women’s day when we are doing that for each other. Because really, who runs the world?“ -Jennifer


Sherry Traher


Photo by: Greg Snyder


Sherry Traher is a wife, mother of 4, and ultrarunner residing in Ogden, Utah. Sherry is the strong, badass, and crazy woman behind the Instagram account @crazy_mother_runners. Most of Sherry’s runs are the 5:00 am kind of runs with her other crazy mother friends trekking to the tops of peaks while the whole valley is still sleeping. She also teaches fitness classes at her local gym, and she nevers misses a class even the day after an ultra.

“International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. I’m in awe of the women who have paved the way for us today. These role models have worked hard to bring equality to women’s roles in politics, business, life at home, and in sports. This passion is still needed and continuing today. I embrace my femininity. It’s a very powerful attribute. Women can embrace it and work together to unite and bring acceptance to one another, or they can tear each other down with jealousy from comparison. I hope today, we can remember we’re all striving to be our true selves and better the world we’re building for our children. On International Women’s Day, I’m extra grateful to be a woman.” -Sherry

Jessica Hadley


Jessica Hadley is a 34 year old mother of two with a full-time career as a high-level manager in an industry still dominated by men. But that doesn’t hold her back from relentless marathon training. This proud Michigander began running as an outlet for everyday life. It didn’t take long before running became a passion and a way of life for Jessica. Running has pushed Jessica to become a better mom and a stronger, healthier woman. Her 4:00 am runs allow her to clear her head, set intentions, and prepare to conquer each day.


“Trying to be a man is a waste of a good woman. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to stop trying to be like them in order to get to the top. Being a strong woman and fighting for what I want in life is how I’ve been successful. We do it all. We work, have kids, and somehow find time to train for marathons – women are relentless and powerful! Today is a great day to remind yourself how strong you are.” -Jessica

Rebecca Beisner


Rebbeca Beisner is a wife, mother of 2, fitness motivator, and amateur marathon runner all in one. As a “weekend warrior” Rebecca still finds the time to train and lift aside from her busy lifestyle. She’s even been kicking around the idea of becoming a bodybuilder. Running is her solace, her time to reflect, breathe, and just be. The “in between” is her favorite time to run; when she can see the sun and moon at the same time.

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, we teamed up with our friends at Asics and Outdoor Voices to bring you a chance to get decked out some essential running gear. Click here to enter.

The Nordic Journey: Becoming An Olympian & Saying Goodbye to Pyeongchang

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Ben Berand is a 22 year old Nordic Combined Athlete with one pursuit, to fulfill his potential in the sport he loves. He grew up pursuing this dream from the small town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He now pursues this dream from Park City, Utah where he has the opportunity to train with some of the best skiers in the world. Together they strive to show the world what USA Nordic Combined is all about. 


I’m on an airplane flying away from the Olympics – moving fast yet thinking very slowly. Some experiences in life need contemplation and this is surely one of them. It’s funny, I have dreamed of competing in the Olympics my entire life, but I actually showed up to South Korea totally unaware of what to expect. I believe I can speak for my teammates Jasper Good and Ben Loomis (First time Olympians) when I say we were totally mentally unprepared. We got to spend the first couple days figuring out the busy schedule, lay of the land, bus departure times, and just how difficult homework is to accomplish at the games. It was extremely helpful having some experience on the team with Bryan and Taylor. I remember Bryan telling me his key to the Olympics, “It’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly rushing around because there is so much going on. The trick though – move slowly, execute on what you need to get done, and never rush yourself at the expense of that.” Great words to live by, Olympics or not.

We’ve had to overcome a lot over the years. USA Nordic has not gotten here the easy way. I think being the underdogs is a mentality that suits us well. When I look around at all the other teams, I wouldn’t trade this one for the world. This group of girls and guys is incredible. The pride I felt watching them compete and putting that bib on with them was overpowering.

Once the bib is on, it’s the same game. Even though the stage is different, there is still a ski jump – the point is still to go as far as possible. There is still a race course – the point is to kill yourself. From the outside looking in, it all seems so big but I can speak for the entire USA Nordic Team when I say, we knew exactly what we needed to do once the moment came. We left it all out there and hopefully gave people something to cheer for, something to be inspired by.

I will also always remember those last four days in Pyeongchang with my USA Nordic teammates. We were done competing and had the freedom to do whatever we wanted. I think the fun we had together as a group felt so sweet because we’ve all had our heads down and heels dug in for a long while. We dressed like goons and went alpine skiing up on the Yong Pong Resort. Will Rhoads came up with the brilliant idea of trying snowboarding for the first time – so Kevin Bickner and I decided to join him on this pursuit. We traveled to the coast, walked the beach, set off fireworks, and took in the sights. We attended hockey games, curling matches, and Mike Glasder was on a celeb fest meeting Dale Earnhardt Jr and watching Big Air with Melania Trump. Long story short, we totally crushed it. During the season it’s very rare to get Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined together for very long. Getting three weeks together was a truly memorable experience that I feel has bonded us all for life. As if we weren’t bonded enough by our ROTC Death Training Camp last spring (more on that another time). It has also made me decide we need to do some more training camps together during the season.


Lastly, I just want to give a cheers to Abby Hughes and Bryan Fletcher. They just competed in their last Olympics ever. Bryan, you are the man. I will never be able to repay you for everything you have given to me over the last couple years. You have taught me so much. Yes, we are all athletes and our job is to perform, but more importantly, our job is to be good people and give back. I think that nobody gives back quite the way you do, and I want to thank you for that. Cheers to an awesome career.

Olympic Stats with USA Nordic
Best finish for Men’s Ski Jumping:
18th- Kevin Bickner
Best finish for Women’s Ski Jumping:
19th- Sarah Hendrickson
Best finish for Nordic Combined:
17th- Bryan Fletcher
Olympic Awards with USA Nordic
Most forgetful: Kevin Bickner

Kevin actually forgot to bring his equipment to the competition the day he finished 18th (the best American finish in ski jumping in a long time). Ben Loomis had to hop on a bus and bring his equipment to him. Kevin also lost his opening ceremonies coat and credentials. To be honest, he was probably overwhelmed with his new found fame. Kevin is HUGE in Korea right now.
Best dressed: Ben Loomis

Even though we were all wearing the same clothing, Ben Loomis still found a way to stand out from the crowd – per usual
DJ of the games: Bryan Fletcher

Bryan had some pretty fire playlists going in the changing room. Not bad for an old dude.
Dad of the games: Bryan Fletcher
Most famous: Casey Larson
Casey became famous when some Olympic historian decided he was the 100,000th man to compete in the Olympic games. Some may think this was random luck, but he knew exactly what he was doing.
Best jokes: Will Rhoads
Cupid: Casey Larson
He truly fell in love with every girl he laid his eyes on.
Team Planner: Jasper Good
Jasper is amazing at plans. I just follow him and know I’m going where I need to go at the right time.
The guy who pretends to know about aerials: Taylor Fletcher
Taylor Fletcher got to share the experience of the Olympics with his girlfriend Kiley McKinnon (Aerial skier). How cool is that?


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Kailey Lewis has been a part of the Jaybird marketing team for about 3 years. Originally an East Coaster, her love for snowboarding, hiking, and all things mountains relocated her to Lake Tahoe, CA to pursue her college career. She then relocated to Salt Lake City where she found her love for backcountry splitboarding, trail running, climbing, and mountain biking.
It’s 5:00 AM, there’s no sunlight in sight, the air is frigid, and your alarm jerks you out of a delightful dream. It’s time for your morning run. All you want to do is press ‘Snooze’ and roll over and fall right back into that deep sleep under the warmth of your blankets. But that race you’re training for is right around the corner, so you will yourself out of bed and slowly but surely prepare for your morning run. Don’t worry, it only gets easier from this moment on.
Finding time to get your winter training runs in can be daunting. It’s dark when we wake up to go to the office and before you know it the night has fallen before you even leave your desk to make the trek back home to comfort. Here’s a few tips that will make your winter runs a bit more enjoyable:

Find someone who is as crazy as you to get out of bed at 5:00 AM and run in the pitch black with you to get your miles in before work. Having someone hold you accountable can help tremendously. When you’re lying in bed thinking about hitting that ‘Snooze’ button, you suddenly remember that someone is counting on you, so you get out of bed. It can be scary and unsafe running alone in the dark, so bring a buddy!
Sometimes you just need that extra bit of fuel to push you through the last few miles of your snowy run. My go-to snacks are CLIF Bloks and Honey Stinger Organic Vanilla Waffles. PROBARs are also in my running vest more often than not.
Even if you are heading out for a midday run in the winter, plans can change. You could have planned for a 5 mile run, but discovered a new loop that leaves you out in the wilderness longer than expected. The darkness sets in quickly and before you know it, it’s pitch black by 5 PM.

Winter weather can change in seconds. One minute it could be bluebird skies and sunny and the next minute, the wind is blowing and you can’t tell which way is up. This is why I always bring a packable down jacket and a water-proof or water-resistant jacket.
I always carry a day hiker First Aid Kit and a space blanket in my running vest no matter when or where I am running. Oftentimes, First Aid Kits don’t come with waterproof matches, so I like to add some of those to my pack as well. You never know what can happen in the wilderness and it is smart to always be prepared to spend a night in the woods. I also have an emergency whistle attached to my vest.

The trails around Salt Lake City can become ice-luges mid-winter. My favorite traction for winter running is Goat Head Gear Sole Spikes. They are small screws that you actually screw into the sole of your shoe that provide maximum traction on snow and ice. You can’t feel them at all, and when you take them out the small tip that was inserted leaves minimal impact to the bottom of your shoe. On days when the trail can vary from rock, to ice, and back to rock a better option would be Kahtoola Microspikes. I also always wear Salomon Gaiters to protect my ankles from mud and snowy.

Poles can be very helpful when you’re running on slippery surfaces such as snow and ice. Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles are a great option as they come with interchangeable rubber tips and carbide tips.
I always bring my YETI Rambler Bottle with hot tea or hot chocolate and leave it in my car for a nice delight after my run.

Kailey running up to Grandeur Peak on a warmer winter day.


Goat Head Gear Sole Spikes on Grandeur Peak, Salt Lake City, UT.


Kailey’s essentials.


I hope that these tips help you extend your training season. Running in the snow and cold can be a blast and super rewarding if you take the time to get prepared!


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13.1 Miles in the Desert: The Birth of a Trail Runner

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Justin Gallegos has been a part of the Jaybird marketing team for 1 year. He’s a music journalist on the side, fully supports the Utah Jazz, and surfs concrete or snow depending on the season. 


When it comes to pushing your heart rate, it doesn’t get any more liberating than running. You can go any speed, any direction, and for as long as you want, wherever you want – with or without friends. I should’ve known early on that I loved it by what sports I gravitated towards and which ones I downright rejected.


My dad grew up playing baseball on diamonds that could’ve hosted the Sandlot crew, but I never enjoyed the game. He also, like so many other people I know, obsess over golf, but I just can’t dig it. But from a young age I loved soccer, and I still love playing basketball. Why? Because they allowed me to be on the run. I wanted to move constantly when competing or exercising and anything that didn’t allow for that was just boring.


I continued to run sporadically in my twenties, placing in a local 5k while running in slip-on canvas shoes from Wal-Mart and even completing a mini-triathlon in the same shoes. It was just something that came up every now and then, until February of 2017, when I started working at Jaybird. Jaybird introduced me to the fascinating world of trail-running – a world for outsider athletes and weird adventurers, my kind of people. I had always heard how bad running was for the knees, but trail-running was different. The movements were dynamic and the ground was more forgiving than the road. Throw in the humbling views and it wasn’t long before I was hooked. Fast forward to January 2018, age 30, and I just competed in my first trail half-marathon in Moab, Utah.

It was a team-running day with the office when I made up my mind. I was on a high from throwing dirt in the crisp, cold air of Park City with friends. We stopped at a summit for some views, and I knew it was time to see just how long I could do this. I wanted to race and push my limits. This was around October and by early December I signed up for the half.


I was running a few times a week, between 4-8 miles per week total, and playing basketball 3-4 hours a week. I thought this would be enough training, but by January, my wife strongly advised that I implement an actual plan. So she reached out to our friend who had run several marathons, and without hesitation, our friend graciously sent me a speed training schedule:


Week 1: 4 mile, 4 mile, 8 mile

Week 2: 5 mile, 5 mile, 10 mile

Week 3: 6 mile, 6 mile, 12 mile

Week 4: 3 mile, 3 mile, race day


She told me, “The idea is that your mid week runs should all add up to about the mileage of your long run on the weekend. The last week is lower mileage, so you’re all rested up for the race. You could probably wing it and run the 13 miles tomorrow, but the training schedules make sure you don’t get hurt, that you do well for the race since you paid for it and everything, and that you’re not insanely sore after.” It pays to have wise friends.


After getting the schedule, I was psyched. My only goal was to finish without being super sore, but I obviously didn’t know what I was getting into. Nonetheless, I was ready to start my training plan on the first of January, fully committed. Then, just as life does, it threw a curveball at me, and I got hit with the flu from hell. I was literally out for the first week of January – the perfect storm based on my schedule. But I got through it and started running again. I never ran more than a six mile run in the month before the race, and the longest distance I had ever run at this point was 8 miles – this is what you call a lack of preparation.

The week of the race, which was on a Saturday, I chose to run a three miler on Tuesday. I felt like I had never fully let my legs rest between my weekly running, basketball, and snowboarding, so I decided I would rest a full three days before the race to have the freshest legs possible – this is what you call inexperienced.


Finally, Saturday came and I felt as ready as I could be. The first mile in I felt a burst of emotion, a runner’s high, seeing people moving like clouds along the desert trails and knowing that I was part of such a committed journey. The up-and-down slick rock was rough on the knees, but the reoccuring views of Arches National Park and the snow capped La Salle Mountains were constantly encouraging. By mile six, I knew I could finish without stopping.


An experienced friend suggested that for hydration and energy I have a smallish breakfast at least 90 minutes before the race. As for during the race, he suggested I take a sports gel at the start line, then another at 45 minutes, and another at 90 minutes (based on my plan to finish just under two hours), and to supplement each gel intake with a little fluid. And this ended up working well for me.

However, I ended up hitting a wall at 10 miles, but I have to credit this to a “shadow runner” who trailed me from mile 7-10. This person totally got me to break my pace by trying to stay ahead of them. Prior to the race, a few friends had told me I’d be fine if I raced to finish rather than racing to win, but it’s too much fun racing to win! This mindset definitely got the better of me. It was hard enough trying to look for blue ribbons, weaving through minimally-marked slick rock, let alone trying to run faster than a better runner. Next time, I’m just going to turn up my music and let that person pass.


By mile 11, I was running the slowest pace I had ever run. As I slogged along into mile 12, I switched the song on my playlist for an extra boost, knowing the end was near. And then I saw my family near the finish line. Once I saw them I felt completely capable of sprinting towards the finish, smiling from ear to ear. This was a crazy mind and body experience that proved to me we’re capable of overcoming pain at any time with the right emotional triggers. My finishing time was 1:58, and I placed 30th out of 214 – I couldn’t have done it without my music.


What’s followed since then is a lot of stretching, a lot of inquiring about running shoes, and finding out where I’ll run my first full marathon. Running a half was an incredible experience, and I can totally see how competing in races is addicting, especially when you get to travel for the event. As for my next race, here’s to being fully dedicated to a training schedule and icing my knees as soon as I hit the finish line.


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JAPANuary with Andrew Miller

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Andrew Miller is an accomplished photographer, adventurer, and creative director focusing most of his work in winter climates where he explores and chases storms, usually with a snowboard under his feet. From the Andes, Alps, Interior B.C. to the West Fjords of Iceland and high peaks of the Himalayas, his award winning images have taken him to remote mountain ranges across the globe while working with a vast range of clients and editorial titles worldwide. From the skin track and helipad to the resort lift and sled trail, Andrew has been out there creating his work and quickly establishing himself as one of the most well-rounded photographers in the snow industry.


Japanuary, as it’s commonly referred to these days, is a big deal. The secret is out and things are rapidly changing for the snow scene in the land of the rising sun. As winter can easily fluctuate here in the west, especially in January, more often than not we’re left with a lot of high pressure and warm weather making the migration over to Japan an easy choice. With the odds heavily in our favor, the chance of getting that classic Japow “best day of your life” snow is pretty much guaranteed. With so many shred choices from the North to South Island it’s pretty easy to ditch the crowds and find that off the beaten path family resort. The best advice I always give to anybody heading over for the first time is to go hang with a local. The experience is so much richer and you’re always in for a treat when dining at those tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Just be prepared when they bring out the chicken heart, Nato, horse or any raw meat. It’s always a surprise and sometimes best not to ask what it is first. Regardless of how many times I have been to Japan over the years I always come back home feeling refreshed, inspired and the powder tank is overflowing leaving a nice glow for weeks. This place is truly one of a kind and if you’re a snowboarder or skier it should be at the top of your list!


Hustle and bustle of Toyoko. This place is a controlled chaos with the best public transportation to anywhere you need to go.


Two bullet train rides later, you have landed in the Japanese Alps providing some of the most scenic and steepest lines in Japan.


Being one of the snowiest places on earth it’s no surprise Japan is one of the biggest hydroelectricity producers in the world. Most of the backcountry lines in Hakuba end with a mandatory riving crossing and if you’re lucky you can run across a dam.


Japanese culture is amazing: Snowy monkey, temples, ramen, surf inspired snowboards. Plenty to do and see on your days off the hill.


The main reason most skiers and snowboarders come to japan. If you’re lucky every day can look like this.


Stormy day hiking in the woods, Japanese style.


You’re pretty lucky if you manage to see any sun in January. Most of your days look like this but that isn’t a bad thing since it never seems to stop snowing.


The rare Japanuary sunset.


Bottomless turns in a quintessential Japanese white birch forest.


Endless amount of beautifully abstract textures in Japan that go along great with the Jaybird RUN buds which are a lifesaver for all the down time in trains, planes, and buses.


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The Nordic Journey: Catching Up With Bryan Fletcher of USA Nordic

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Bryan Fletcher is a childhood cancer survivor who fell in love with Nordic Combined at a young age. “Like most professional athletes the itch to find out what I am made of is what drives me today. I love learning new things about myself with each competition season that passes. I am humbled by what I have shown to myself I can accomplish thus far and I can’t wait to see how far that goes in the future.”

We were lucky enough to catch some time with USA Nordic athlete, Bryan Fletcher, between family time, training, and studying.


How did you get into Nordic skiing/jumping?

As a child, I loved the thrill of flying through the air and jumping off things. So, while undergoing chemo, as a distraction from that part of my life, my parents signed me up for a learn to ski jump demo day. I was hooked from the first jump and that same day was enrolled in the program. That was the beginning of my quest to see how far I could take the sport.
Tell us about a day in the life:

Right now, I am a full-time athlete, dad, husband, and student. I co-founded a charity called ccThrive which I also work on part-time. A typical day consists of family and training obligations first, followed by school. After my career in Nordic Combined, I hope to pursue a career as a physician assistant.

How do you balance your personal life with all the demands of being a world-class athlete?

It’s challenging but one thing that helps is turning your training sessions into stress relief sessions. Being outside, jumping or working on endurance in any form (biking, running, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking etc) is when my head is the clearest and my priorities are in focus. This clarity helps me make a plan of action as to how I will accomplish and balance all the tasks at hand.
What is your training regimen like?

Finding perfection in two sports is extremely challenging. Training for Nordic Combined requires both endurance and explosive power focuses. That means that nearly every day will have both endurance focused workouts and weight and plyometric focused workouts. Those two physical traits do not like to be balanced so finding the right balance of training for each individual is what our training regimen is like. For me personally, it’s a yearly 60/40 split between endurance and jumping specific training which amounts to nearly 1000 hours a year.
How do you keep your body in shape during the off season?

Our competition season runs from Nov to March but the bulk of the training is done in April-Nov. So after the season wraps up mid-march I usually take two weeks off to enjoy as much backcountry skiing as possible and come April 1st it’s back to the plan. However, at this point in the season, I love to mix it up with road biking, running, and backcountry skiing as much as possible.

What is your favorite aspect of being on the USA Nordic Team?

The community, our sport has an amazing community surrounding it. From the athletes to the coaches and fans, being on this team is unique. Everyone is involved for life and the love and support is endless. I couldn’t ask for a better family to be a part of.
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Tinder or Bumble? What are those?
Sunrise or Sunset? Both, I love to be up early and enjoy the sunrise from the great wide-open but I also love to be home in time for that sunset BBQ with family and friends!
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The Nordic Journey: Catching Up With Ben Loomis of USA Nordic

  • January 25, 2018
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Ben Loomis is a 19 year old USA Nordic athlete from Eau Clair, Wisconsin who now resides in Park City, Utah. His love for the sport was influenced by his older brother, Adam Loomis, who is also a USA Nordic athlete. Ben enjoys training, backcountry skiing, hiking and taking advantage of all that the Utah mountains have to offer.




We sat down with Ben Loomis in between training sessions to pick his brain about what its like to be an up and coming USA Nordic athlete.
How did you get in to nordic skiing/jumping?

I started cross country skiing at age 2 with my family. At age 5 my older brother Adam got into ski jumping after watching the 2002 Olympics here in Park City. I followed suit and began ski jumping with him.
Tell us about a day in the life:

My life consists primarily of training related activities (which I love). This past summer I started a job working for a property manager maintaining condos. In the summer I am able to train in the morning, work for a few hours midday, and then go back for a second training session. I also started taking college classes at the University of Utah. I am able to continue my education online in my free time from training.

How do you balance your personal life with all the demands of being a world-class athlete?

As an athlete you have to make sacrifices and personal life is one of those. Fortunately I love the people my sport surrounds me with and feel my personal life often goes hand in hand with my athletics. Many of my best friends are the ones I train with everyday.
What is your training regimen like?

For the most part I train twice a day, 6 days a week. Luckily, training for Nordic Combined is varied and it never gets boring. We typically ski jump 3 days a week, spend 2-4 sessions in the gym and 4-6 endurance sessions.
How do you keep your body in shape during the off season?

Our off season is very short. We typically have around 2-3 weeks off from designated training. In this time I like to get in a lot of easy endurance hours. This usually consists of lots of ski touring, mountain biking, running, hiking and some good spring cross country skiing.

What is your favorite aspect of being on the USA Nordic Team?

I love being with a team that is 100% behind their athletes. I have no doubt in my mind our coaches and staff are doing everything in their power to help the whole team succeed.
Dogs or cats? I hate cats. Dogs, I love. My family has two.
Tinder or Bumble? What’s Bumble? Tinder, 100%
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset when the green light flashes.
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The Nordic Journey: Catching Up With Tara Geraghty-Moats of USA Nordic

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Tara Geraghty-Moats started jumping when she was 9 years old and was named to the Visa Development Team by 15. When she was 16 she suffered two knee injuries. After being told by doctors that she would never ski jump again, she took four years off to do biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle shooting) and Nordic ski racing. She was a student at a winter sports school in Sweden called the Sollefteå Skidgymnasium where she studied biathlon in 2012-2013. During her time there she earned a National title for biathlon. Tara is a multi-time medalist in Junior Nationals for cross-country skiing and was on the biathlon Junior World Championship Team and Junior National Team from 2011-2014. She mountain bikes and trail runs in the summer, tele-skis in the spring, and enjoys spending time in the Vermont woods.



We caught up with USA Nordic athlete, Tara Geraghty-Moats, in the midst of competition season to find out how she got into the sport and how she maintains a high-performance lifestyle.
How did you get in to nordic skiing/jumping?

My mom was sick of me jumping off furniture so she signed me up for ski jumping. Then she thought I needed to burn more energy, so she also signed me up for cross-country skiing.
Tell us about a day in the life:

I live in a really small town in Vermont that has one paved road and no stoplights. I work on a vegetable farm that supplies a lot of the local restaurants and food coops. I babysit and also work in a ski and bike shop, and I coach junior skiing when I can. Sometimes when I’m home I work 60h weeks, sometimes 20hrs. It’s all about balance, and I love being outside – any day, all day.
How do you balance your personal life with all the demands of being a world-class athlete?

It’s tough. I try to be good friends with my teammates but also stay in touch with the people back home, like my boyfriend. In reality it doesn’t always work out that well with crazy schedules and different time zones. Sometimes it’s best to just live in the moment and relate to the people around me.
How do you stay focused during the off season?

Ahh..what off season? In the month we have off, I try to ski as much as possible. So ya, in my break from skiing I go skiing. I may me a little obsessed.
What is your favorite aspect of being on the USA Nordic Team?

Traveling the world, getting to live my dream, trying to be a better athlete every single day, and having the support to achieve that.
Dogs or cats? Both
Tinder or Bumble? I guess Tinder because I don’t know what Bumble is, but I think I prefer that spending time with friends I already have thing.
Sunrise or Sunset? Both and as many as possible.


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Let Meditation Guide Your New Year

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Timothy Olson is the two-time winner and record holder of Western States 100 Mile race. Timothy enjoys long runs up mountains, challenging his body, mind and spirit. Timothy finds inspiration in the land, trees, mountains and wildlife, connecting with them on the run, feeling their energy, allowing him to run wild and free. He resides in Boulder, CO with his wife, Krista, and sons Tristan & Kai.  


Be present in your running and life.


Here are a few tips on how to get started as you introduce mindfulness into your running and life. There’s no need to find extra time in your day, take meditation for a spin during your regular workout with guided meditation for on the run. I start my morning run by plugging in my Jaybird RUN headphones and listening to a guided meditation with Run Mindful to start my day focused yet relaxed, ready to take on the day. Check out our *new* Run Mindful app for a free week of guided meditations to try out on your run.


Just Breath – When all else fails just breathe. When life is good, breathe. When life is tough, breathe. Simply notice your breath, follow it in and out, as it’s a great way to focus your attention. Focusing on the present moment through your breath is mindfulness. It can help you be calm and balanced – try it out for yourself and see how mindfulness, similar to running, brings about a bit more ease in your life.


Feel Your Body – Mindfulness is moment to moment awareness, open and okay to whatever comes your way. As you start your run, notice how your body feels. Not labeling anything good or bad, just be curious of all the sensations you feel. Starting with your feet is a great place to start. Just notice how each foot strike feels, feeling the texture of the ground with the pressure of your foot landing and propelling. Do you feel light or heavy, not judging just becoming aware of your body as you enjoy the flow of the run;  this is a great way to start your mindfulness practice by tuning into your body.
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Tap into Motivation & Intentions – The Tibetan word for motivation is kunlong, it means “to rise up”. What motivates you to rise to the occasion? Once you set your motivation, you state why you’re doing this exercise. Once you know why, you can use that to set your intentions to help you place your focus on how you want to respond in each moment – in exercise, meditation or life. Having a plan, having an aim is key. My motivation for running and meditation is to be physically healthy and overcome my addictive personality. To help support these motivations, these goals, I set an intention for being patient and present during my run and throughout my day.

Don’t Force It – Meditation is a workout, an endurance practice for the mind. But you can’t crush a meditation, you can’t force it, it’s a practice. Just like with running, consistency is key, not every outing can be your best run or your best meditation. By sticking with your practice, you are building strength, both mentally and physically. Although intense workouts like speed work or long runs help you get stronger, recovery days are just as important. Be kind to yourself, if you miss a day – that’s ok, remember the benefits, lace your shoes back-up he next day and continue your practice.

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Be Grateful – Right now, start by being grateful for air to breath and a body that moves. Life can have challenging moments, aim to see the good things in life. Choosing to be grateful gently shifts your attitude which can do wonders for you, your running and your life. Each morning start your day by affirming your gratitude for life, even in the low times. I find it helpful to write down these thoughts of what I’m thankful for – just a few simple notes each day. Our app has a journal that pops up after each meditation allowing you to note some thoughts to help continue your day with gratitude.


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