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