Welcome to My Rally Campaign
This race season is a celebration of the love of skiing. After taking a year off to deal with an Athletic Identity Crisis (very common in elite athletics, as it turns out) I returned last year to race independent of a team. Despite the fact that this is nearly impossible in ski racing, I had the most fun race season of my career. I'm returning this year to race the SuperTour (domestic pro) circuit.
Please read more about my story below. (How I Got Here)
Ski racing is very expensive. I'm cutting costs in every way possible, and working alongside my training, including building my own business focused on coaching and lifestyle design (www.enduranceefficacy.com). But as many athletes discover, it takes a community to make a champion. My fundraising goal reflects 75% of the season's estimated cost.
Why I'm Raising Funds
My goal of $3000 will cover approximately 75% the cost of the race season, which does not include training expenses for the dryland season. Race season costs include: Flights, gas, lodging (which will be cheap thanks to the generosity of friends!), race entry fees, wax support, and licenses (Nensa, USSA, FIS.)
How I Got Here
As a talented junior racer with Olympic dreams, and then as a collegiate racer with Dartmouth College, I often fantasized about the day when my life would truly revolve around my sport. However, by my senior year of college it was clear that I no longer wanted my life to revolve around skiing. In fact, I had grown to resent skiing. I was burnt-out.
This is the sad fate that many once-passionate athletes meet. It's the by-product of caring a little too much. Facing the identity crisis that follows is inevitable, and I chose to do it sooner rather than later. Against many recommendations of well-meaning coaches, I took the year after college off from racing. The intention was to give myself some time away and see if I wanted to come back.
Though that winter was one of the most emotionally challenging of my life, it was a tremendous gift. I emerged from my "gap-year" aching to ski race again.
I set my own training plan and trained alone for the following year, and then, against all odds, raced alone. Well, almost alone. Help was definitely had along the way, but I did buy all my own waxes and fluoro powders, learned how to apply them, traveled alone, waxed my own skis, and funded myself. In ski racing, it's not really possible to be at the top of your competitive game without support, particular in the form of wax help, but in spite of this I had the most fun race season of my life. And snagged a couple podiums alongside some top domestic racers from the US and Canada.
My time off and my solo-season completely reshaped why I ski race. As much as I always claimed to race because I love it, there were always a lot of ulterior motives to my high school and college racing. There are for most athletes. My vision and motivation are now clearer than ever, and part of my mission is to inspire other athletes to face their doubts, fears, and identity crises head on!
I moved from Vermont to Oregon to train this summer and am so excited to debut as a domestic pro this year at the USSA Super Tour Circuit!
I am proud to announce that I am once again racing independent of a team, in spite of offers to join some truly powerhouse groups. I am racing under my own name, and that of my coaching business Endurance Efficacy, which promotes flexible training that fits any lifestyle (like my own semi-Nomadic one!) I will be supported at many of the SuperTours by Zach Caldwell and Caldwell Sport.
I would like to thank the teams, individuals, and companies that are helping make this possible, including Bend Endurance Academy with whom I trained this summer, my dad Mike, who spearheaded our two-man show during my high school days by being my full time coach and wax tech, Zach Caldwell and Caldwell Sport for being my go-to for skis, wax, and this year wax support, Steve McCarthy and Adam Terko who helped me out with wax at a couple races last year, and all the friends who are graciously opening their homes to me while I'm on the road this winter!
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
My final thank you goes to all of you, my supporters. I would like to show my thanks by offering these gifts.
I am holding a raffle to win some sweet swag, including training fuel from Gu, Ibex clothing, and an assortment of gift cards. You don't have to donate to enter the raffle, though all donors will be entered automatically (please include your email address when you donate. I'm the only one who will be able to see it.) If you donate anonymously, or can't donate but would like to enter the raffle, email me at Carly3ski@gmail.com with your name and contact info (email address or phone) and I will add you to the pool!
In addition to being entered into the raffle, donors of the following amounts will receive:
$25 Donation: I would be happy to give you a personal shout-out on my blog and Facebook page!
$100 Donation: In addition to a shout-out, I would like to send you a postcard from my travels this winter!
$200 Donation: In addition to a shout-out, I would like to offer my services as a coach by writing you a customized 6 week training plan! Please check out my site, www.enduranceefficacy.com to learn more about my coaching.
$500 Donation: Join my Sponsors Page please! (https://enduranceefficacy.com/sponsors/) I'll be so happy to put your name on the list, alongside the other individuals and businesses who support my athletic career. (You also are eligible for a free training plan!)