|The Team Gregg Crew at the 2016 Canmore World Cups|
|The Team Gregg Crew at the 2016 Birkie (Kelly, Kurt and Chad were still on course)|
|Happy interval Crew!|
|Brian warming up for the workout.|
|Brian giving the thumbs up about his 14.0 lactate|
|Checking my lactate and letting Jan know where they were :)|
|Jan telling us which way to go! Seems like she is having fun too!|
My sister-in-law Alieta Gregg, who also flew in from Washington last week was out on a bike at 32 degrees filming and cheering as Brian and I completed a different intensity session. Her husband, Brian's Brother Chad was also out on his bike during the workout continuously speeding up to get a good shot or following alongside to get a great video clip, possibly working harder than we were, just to support the team. It was early in the morning, cold and probably pretty boring but they came out and pushed us anyway!
|Intervals up the Coulee hill in Afton with Chad following behind.|
|Liet always excited to represent!|
|Excited to represent the spectators too!|
Even after a day of supporting our intervals, Chad was excited to come and hang out with Brian and I for more training while he and Liet were in town. He woke up on Sunday morning thinking he was headed out for an easy hour jog to cheer on the Marathoners. Almost 25 miles later he became a bit quieter but never complained! Chad and Liet work full-time and just finished moving into their first house in the Methow Valley but that doesn't matter when it came to supporting us.
|2 hours into the run Chad was starting to get nervous but Craig and his cow suit made him smile!|
|2 hours later we were still running but there were no cow suits anymore.|
|Chad enjoying the Olympics as only a twin can!|
|Tara modeling the Green Theme Jacket!|
Jim, Brian's father, is the silent observer who we lean heavily on when it comes time to give splits. He is direct and honest without sugar coating any of the details. Jim will hike out to the farthest part of the course to relay any information we need. Jim's calm and straight forward approach is very effective for Brian and myself and we often find our best events are when Jim is out on course.
|Jim thinking about where to stand for Brian's race.|
|These are the good days to be a part of the Team!|
|Team Gregg at the Sochi Olympics|
The other part of Team Gregg - The Compton side :)
For years my uncle Kelly would remind me that if I made the Olympics he would be there to watch. He started telling me this back in 2002 when I was still in College and every Olympic year that passed and I didn't race he would ask when I was planning to go? Easier said than done! In 2010 my dreams became a reality and I was able to race in the 2010 Olympic Games. A man of his word my uncle was there and he made it possible for my mom, dad, brother and grandmother to attend as well. It was the first time in almost 21 years that my mom, dad, brother and I had seen each other together. To say that wasn't an incredible experience and opportunity is truly an understatement.
|"Coach Kelly," Kurt and Brian at the Quebec City World Cups.|
|Sharing stories with my family after an incredible race in Falun.|
|My sister Camille and Fran representing in their matching US Ski Team Jackets!|
|Fran and Kelly sending me off to Norway for a summer training camp last year!|
|My sister Camille and brother Calan at our training camp in Truckee! They are two of the 3 LA siblings, Travis was MIA!|
|Calan proving that I am weak compared to him.|
|My NYC brother Gavin showing that he can keep up despite a totally different kind of lifestyle.|
|Camille is never afraid to jump right into my workouts with me :)|
|My dad and I wearing our sunscreen!|
Unfortunately my mom is also very sick and hasn't been able to come and watch me ski since the 2011 American Birkebeiner. She still watches the live feed and tries to figure out where in the world Brian and I are based on our Facebook posts!
|Visiting with my mom after getting home from a training camp!|
Last but certainly not least is Brian! Where do I begin! We have been an awesome team for the past 7 years! It's been an amazing journey together that we never take for granted. We feel so lucky to be able to share all of the ups and downs of training, traveling and racing during this time in our lives. Although we are planning on trying to compete at the World Championship and Olympic level through 2018 we love talking about our plans for life after full-time training and traveling. We have some fun plans and ideas that we cannot wait to start and continue being a team for the rest of our lives :)
|Representing Team USA at the World Cup together.|
|Playing coach for Brian and feeding him during the 50K.|
|Brian playing coach for me and giving me split information during a race.|
|Sometimes we embrace when the racing doesn't go well.|
|Sometimes we embrace when the race goes very well.|