Noah “the Hoff” Hoffman
Yes, it was a great day! It was my second FIS podium in Switzerland, I had one last year in Fuertersoy where I was 2nd. This was my first podium at a National Championships outside the U.S though. It was definitely in the top three best efforts of this year for me. I got really sick a couple weeks ago with the flu and had to skip Sochi, which was a huge upset, but I took advantage of the time off and did my best to stay away from the skiing for a week and try to get a solid mid-winter rest.
I think it was much needed after a really successful series of races from Nationals through the Liberec WC, and U23 Worlds. I got back into training this week but only did one intensity workout. Yesterday I was nervous going into the skate 15km, wondering if I would still have the power I felt this last month. I really worked into the race yesterday and was happy with the result but knew I could push harder since I was feeling so good.
Today I decided to try going out hard and try to close the 30 seconds to Tad Elliott in the first lap and a half. It worked I caught him right before finishing the second lap, I was sooo tired but decided to see how long I could hold the pace. I went into the last lap feeling like I might blow up but I relaxed on a couple hills and was able to have a strong finish. It was a great day and probably my best classic race of the year.
I guess I skied the 2nd fastest time of the day, around 25-seconds slower then Hoffman. I also was really happy to beet Jonas Bouman, a strong Swiss U23 skier who finished one spot in front of me in both distance races in Liberec. This weekend I beat him by one place in both races.
Full results HERE.