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Big Days and Surf Adventures

This past week was the second of two back to back big training weeks. We have been using this time before our first US Ski team training camp to come together at Stratton and have as many quality SMST2 team workouts we can. So far things have been working out perfectly and now that paddy Caldwells is back in town we have had a great mens group on interval and speed days.

For me this week was another pretty big training week and had a decent amount of hours for this time of year so I was forced to be out on the roads quite a bit logging the distance. Thankfully with these long days and beautiful green scenery it made for some fun workouts. We’ve been waking up pretty early to get out the door for our first session and often times waiting until late afternoon to go out training again. This is the perfect summer training routine… combine that with an evening swim and nightly BBQ’s and it’s real VT living.


Cabin life! This is the perfect setting for BBQ’s this time of year. Although I’m not staying there much since we are shacking up near Stratton it still gets plenty of use in the summer time.

With a few longer easy skis on the schedule some of us took the opportunity to make it over to NY state for some buttery pavement and farm field views.



These are some of my favorite rollerski loops. If you look closely in this picture you can see Erika and Annie out in the distance in the center. Rolling along during a 2.5 hour skate ski.


I guess you can tell it’s a little humid out when the camera starts taking pictures like this…


the blurry haze.

For intensity sessions this week I we had two threshold sessions to work on both skating and classic. Saturdays’s intervals were a mix of double pole and striding which we did out in good old Weston VT. After a few long double pole intervals we headed up Andover mountain, which is a perfect 9 minute striding hill with sustained grade and lot of elevation gain.

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Reese Brown, our friend from SIA was in town and he was nice enough to shoot some of our workouts so we can revamp the SMST2 website and just compile a lot more summer training pics. It’s was awesome having him around and it was super helpful to our team to score some sweet photos.  Pat was doing the driving while Reese hung out of the van.. photography magic.

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Reese Brown Photo.

Simi and I finishing off some DP intervals before we started striding up the big hill.

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Cresting the top of Andover mountain. It’s a big hill to say the least and although it’s long I think it’s completely skiable on the way down. During one decent between intervals I had a car come up next to me. When I’m going that fast I would prefer to take up the whole lane so I just kind of make myself visible. When I go to the bottom I though the dude was going to be upset that I was tucking down the middle of the lane, instead he was stoked and told me I hit 47 mph and he was having to speed to keep up. It was a good motivational booster.


Our beautiful ladies team. We took the opportunity to shoot some team pics at the SMS campus in the afternoon before out gym session. For me I just started a tough 4 week power block in the gym so a lot of the excursuses are fast, explosive, and can leave me a bit sore. It’s always more fun doing these types of workouts in a gym full of teammates. Just another reason it’s so helpful to have the SMSt2 team around. Although many of us are on different programs as long as we are working out in the same location we help push each other.

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After a long wet 3 hour run on Sunday the big volume week was over and it was time for an easy rest day. Erika, Jessie and I had been checking the surf reports daily throughout the week because there was a big storm rolling through and scheduled to kick up some good surf on Monday. We took the chance and drove down on Sunday night and lucked out scoring some great waves Monday morning. An epic 24 hour mini vacation.


Jessie waxing up a board. It wasn’t easy, or small conditions and Erika and Jessie held their own out there in the line up.


Head high + sets rolling in. Just another reason I love living in New England.



Intervals and running races week #8

Believe it or not we have just finished up the 8th week of the training year which means we’ve got a solid two months in the books so far! Whenever I fill out my training log I like to make a note of what ‘week’ it is because it gives a cool perspective on how fast the training year can go by and how important each training week can be. It can also provide a helpful outline for the year and mark important phases in the general training plan. So now that we are settled at Stratton and with 7 weeks of lots of easy distance training logged we stepped it up a little bit for the ‘Ocho’ with more intervals and more volume. This was the first week so far where I have trained 3 intensity sessions in the week and also jumped above 20 hours, which made for…

PC to MT to VT

        The past two weeks have been filled with a lot of adventures, big training, and experiences stretching across 3 states. I was happy to get in some great high altitude training in Park City but on June 6th we changed locations and made the drive up to Bozeman Montana. There we met our friends from VT Ryan and Kate and showed them around the area a little bit. Hiking near Sacajawea peak we found a decent amount of snow still on the mountains. Temps were warm and sunny and the wild flowers were blooming so we did a little trail blazing of our own to get a sweet view. One of my favorite things about hiking around the west compared to Vermont is how open and easy it is to get to the tops of mountains. Without a bunch of trees and bushes in your way…

PC camp update

Our first few days of Park City camp consisted of our typical 9 hour days in the COE packed with testing and training and of course lots of meetings. In addition to our usual VO2max test on the treadmill and a new strength test I also chose to do a double pole max test this year just to hammer on the arms a bit more. We are seeing more an more opportunities in classic ski races now these days when it’s an option to double pole the whole course, and whether it’s good for skiing or not we’ve got to be prepared. Across the board I think testing went pretty well and I’m happy with where I’m at for the spring time. It’s always fun to compare results from 10 years of data and although treadmills and calibrations change one test that stays pretty consistent is our vertical jump test….

Living high week 3

Week 3 of training has been a lot of fun getting settled out here in Park City and easing into a daily training routine. I’m not sure I would actually call it easy since my strength coach Tschana has been just kicking my ass in the gym so it’s been an extremely sore week. The first few hard strength sessions of the training year always seem to make you super sore, but here in Park City it takes it to another level since Tschana is right with me for each session watching every exercise critiquing teaching and pushing me though every rep. It’s definitely the most productive way to lift but also the most intense. I find it extremely helpful especially during a hard core session to have someone standing right over you making sure you don’t slack on any exercise. In addition to the tough COE strength workouts we’ve…

Week 2 VT-PC

          The first few weeks of training are all about getting back into the routine of working out every day, and getting organized to tackle another long summer of tough workouts and long days. For me the first few few weeks of training require getting extremely sore at least a few times a week as I start to check off the first long run, bike, or hard lift of the season. It really is a great time of year for a skier and really feels like you can start over with a clean slate and a new training plan. For the past week I have been easing back into training while hanging out at home in VT.  After a few busy weeks of running around if definitely felt good to stay put at home. We were lucky enough to have some absolutely epic weather for week…

The Vacation Blog

Well it’s May 1st and it’s officially time to get back to being a cross country skier… But it’s important to think back on the last two weeks of spring shenanigans and be grateful for our downtime before we jump back on the roller skis. Like I mentioned in my last blog the springtime skiing in VT was unbelievable. I tried to get in as many skiing days as I could before heading out of town, everything from xc skiing up at Prospect, tromping around the backcountry, and even bringing it back to my roots.  Hitting jump at Stratton. I ended up breaking my pole going off the second time so for the rest of the day I had to ‘no pole’ it. I guess thats the price you pay for jumping with triacs on. It was a lot of fun to shoot some video and photos and just goof…

Spring Timin’ update

Since the races wrapped up in Sun Valley the typical spring chaos that tends to ensue has been in full effect .  The feeling I get at the end of a long race season isn’t always the same, sometimes I’m really ready to hang em up for the summer and other times I feel like I could keep on racing for another month or so. This year it was more of the latter since my strength and fitness felt like they were starting to come around and since World Champs I was having fun racing out the last world cups and super tour races in Sun Valley. I started feeling pretty sick the day before the 50k which was a real bummer since thats one of my favorite ways to close out the season. What I thought was just a normal cold though turned into one of the worst sicknesses…

World Championships!

The 2015 Falun World Championships have come to an end after two weeks of what I think was ski racing at it’s absolute best. Across the board the majority of athletes I talk to think these championship were some of the most fun to participate in because of the cool race courses, awesome stadium layout with tons of fans, and general smooth organization on behalf of Falun2015. It’s cool how Falun has a ‘small town’ feel but was also big enough to host a major championships and since the ski jumps and the xc venue were right next to one another it was a super convenient for spectators to access the racing action and pack the stands. I think almost every day sold out even standing room tickets! The sprint race was first on the schedule, which I think is always kind of fun to start out the championships with…

Davos to Sweden

We just finished up our pre World Champs training camp in Davos and as always life at the Kulm didn’t disappoint. We spent the past 10 days getting in some great skiing in some snowy conditions and enjoy a short break from World Cup racing. Everyone’s approach to a pre championship training camp is a little bit different, for me I spent the first few days working on some easy distance training while adjusting to the altitude. It’s funny how even just a few days of logging some increased hours of distance training during the middle of a busy season can help boost your fitness. After a few longer days of training I switched over to working on some hard intensity. Each athlete has their won individual formula for a successful peak leading up to World Camps. For me it was time to focus on some hard intervals getting in…