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Bringing The Intensity

With a few weeks of longer distance training in the books last week was my first hit of some harder intensity training. This year I’m not training any more intensity necessarily, but a lot of the intervals I do will come in the form of intensity weeks. Call it an interval block, call it whatever you like but it’s basically just trying to fit in many different varieties of intervals and hard efforts into one week and keep it completely separate from all the longer distance training and volume. The goal is to feel good for all the sessions and allow your body to absorb the interval sessions well instead of jamming them in between lots of other distance workouts.

It’s still the summertime however so it’s important to keep things fun. In an effort to push myself and try something completely different I jumped in my first triathlon at Lake Dunmore and it turned out to be much more fun than I anticipated.

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Although I was a very competitive swimmer when I was young. (and I’m talking young… like 12 years old) these days it feels like I have one pace in the water, slow and strenuous. I was able to get in the water for a swim workout once before jumping in the race but it was still a bit of a shocker once the race started. Luckily it was a sprint triathlon so the swim portion for me was only 600 meters. Once on the bike I hammered out 14 miles on my rickety old Cannondale road bike… which was much more fun than the swim. I don’t get the opportunity to go fast on road bikes very often so it was a fun change ripping up and down hills and around corners. Once onto the run things felt a little more familiar and I was stoked to feel good on the 5k rolling road run and was able to hammer to the finish with the fastest run time, finishing 7th overall. It was a cool way to jump into the intensity and get back into the feel of racing. A slight side note…. my mom did beat me in the swim by at least 30 seconds!

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mamma Newell finishing up her triathlon at the VT Sun. She’s pretty hard core

With the Tri out of the way it was time to get back into some more ski specific intervals to finish out the intensity block. My coaches and I basically set up the week so that I was doing intervals every other day starting with some L4 double pole. After a distance day Thursday was a double interval day with L3 ski bounding in the morning and L4 skate intervals in the afternoon. For those who have done double interval days before you know… it can be tough to rally and motivate for that afternoon session especially in this summer heat. It was a sweaty day to say the least.

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Sophie and I nearing the top of Stratton on a perfect summer day in VT!

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Birds eye view from the water tower. nordies being nordies on top of stratton.

After the double interval day I had one more day of easy distance training before having the final hard session of the week.. L4 building to max striding. It was definitely the hardest workout of the week doing 5×4 minutes up some of the steepest terrain I could find on the roads around here. By the end I was posting lactates over 14 and definitely feeling the burn and breathing as hard as I could.

With the intervals over Erika and I jumped in the truck and drove up to GMVS to join Fish and the rest of the REG at the New England US Ski Team junior camp. I really like to make an appearance at the REG camps whenever possible because it’s a great way to meet some of the younger skiers in the country and see who is on the up and up. Without racing too much domestically I don’t get much face time with the new talent. It just so happened to be my personal favorite (the agility course) on Sunday morning so it worked out perfectly.

IMG_3498It was about a 2 minute course full of slalom, jumping obstacles, backwards skiing, barrel turning, one ski balancing, curb hopping fun. And it’s actually a pretty tough workout to rip it as fast as you can a few times.

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After a morning of roller skiing Erika and I weren’t afraid of the 80+ degree temps and continued training by going for a long run hike up Camels Hump. It had been a while since I’ve been up there and it was a rad way to finish a tough training week with a summit and a cold swim in the river afterward!

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Back on the Blog

Yeah I know it’s been while but the beginning of the training year is a busy time. So here’s a quick catch up: Bend was awesome as usual! This year the snow base was deep enough for us to hold our training camp at the usual time and we spent a full 2 weeks getting in some quality early season ski training. I tried to keep the first two weeks of the training year super chill with low hours so that by the time I got to Bend I could really capitalize on some bigger hours. It’s really easy to settle into a great training routine there, waking up early to get on snow in the morning and going for long bike rides and runs in the afternoon. Racking up the big training hours is usually no problem at all. We even got a crust ski this year! As a…

Back to Scando

My quick weekend break from the World Cup was a great opportunity to get in some unique races and build up some fitness before making the trip back to Oslo and joining up with the rest of the team. The Dolomitenlauf in Austria was an all around great experience with two non typical races, first a city sprint, and a 42k marathon race. The DolomitenSprint is (apparently) one of the oldest recorded sprints, taking place on the eve of the marathon race in down town Lienz. Over the years it has evolved into a true show sprint with the spectators enjoyment in mind. The course consists of a super short 2 lap race in the downtown square complete with downhill starting gates, a super sketchy spiral downhill, and a jump. To add to the atmosphere there are two guys wearing lederhosen who fire a cannon to start each heat! In…

Central Europe update!

Since the end of the Tour de Ski things haven’t slowed down a bit here on the road. Ok, maybe they slowed down for a few days… (post tour I took a few super easy days off from training), but then jumping back into hard workouts again in order to prepare for the next World cup races. I wrapped up the Tour de Ski in Toblach and spent those two days relaxing and hanging out at the Hotel Dolomiten. Taking easy days on the road in Europe can always be a little boring but those few days in Toblach were especially restless since I was awaiting the arrival of Erika! But she finally got here and it was worth the wait. It can be pretty difficult to coordinate travel schedules since we are both spending the winter racing, but it worked out for Erika to come over to a week…

Christmas Blog

When we are so wrapped up in the racing here in Europe I think it’s pretty easy for Christmas to sneak up on you. Some people think that’s strange but a lot of us have been traveling the World Cup for a long that time so spending Christmas with the team over in Europe is just a normal gig by now. Usually Christmas week involves a little bit of road tripping. This year we ended our last period 1 World Cup race in Toblach Italy and planned to drive back to Davos for the 10 days before the start of the Tour De Ski. Luckily it’s not too far… at least on a map… but often those small Italian and Swiss roads can be deceivingly slow. Leaving the Toblach World Cup venue back to Davos. Driving over some of the passes you would think there is a lot of snow……

Kuusamo to Lillehammer

It’s been a busy week so it wasn’t easy to get a blog update in but here is a quick recap of what the US crew has been up to here on the World Cup. EBJ getting in some training in Finland before the Ruka Tripple. Ruka was pretty epic this year. The past two seasons I really struggled in the sprint there for whatever reason. Could have been because we were coming into the season too flat, maybe it wasn’t enough of on snow time, but after a few years in a row of struggling to break the top 25 I nearly swore off Kuusamo last season hoping I would never have to come back again.  Of course that bitterness tends to fade and of course 12 months later I found myself at the start line of one of the toughest sprints of the season in Ruka. This year…

On Snow in Sweden

Well we’ve made the yearly voyage to the far North in oder to find early season snow and racing and have arrived here in Gallivare Sweden.   On Friday I said goodbye to the US for what will be about a 4 month trip on the World Cup, which is always extremely tough to do but exciting at the same time. Being on the road away from girlfriend, friends,  and family isn’t easy but this year I’m more fired up than ever to start racing and want to get back to showing everyone what I can do on the World Cup. Because of this long time on the road it can make the last few days at home a little stressful trying to say goodbye to everyone and also making sure you’re not forgetting anything important. I was lucky that this year Erika, my fam, and all my teammates made…

Talking With VT Kids

With just two weeks at home in Vermont this is always a pretty busy time of year.  We are coming off a solid three week western training camp so it’s perfect to have a little down time at home before the season gets underway.  Most people know that I’m always stoked to take some time to visit with the local schools here in Vermont. Being from a rural area I think it’s so important for kids to know that no matter where they’re from they always have the opportunity to chase their dreams and do great things. That’s why I was super excited to partner with Union Mutual of Vermont this Fall to set up some school visits in the Montpelier area.    We started our Monday morning with a visit to the Union High School. I don’t do a ton of High school talks but I really enjoy connecting…

Introducing Sven Can See!!

With the start of the World Cup season just one month away it’s time for me to officially announce my new head-gear sponsor Sven Can See! I’m super stoked to be partnering with this new Boston based company and I’m excited to help introduce Sven Can See to the world.   So what is Sven Can See?? They have products that can be used on all types of eyewear from ski goggles and glasses, motorcycle and snowmobile shields, to water sports gear like scuba diving and swimming masks. Pretty much anything you want to see through clearly and prevent fogging in any condition.  They make a lens cleaner and an anti fog/ice gel that can be applied to the eyewear.  Perfect for those snowing, sleeting, or raining days on the xc race course.           So whats with the name?? The name Sven comes from the name of a…

Johansson Fest/ Park City

Since arriving out in Utah the past week has been incredible, filled with a lot of first time adventures and great training. Our final USST training camp of the off-season started on Tuesday but before we jumped into the hard training many of us traveled out to Utah early for a few nights of desert camping in Moab. The main reason for the trip was to hang out with and celebrate our long time wax tech Peter Johansson. Peter is stepping down from his head wax tech position this season after a serious long haul with the team. Peter has been with the US Ski team for almost 10 years and has been a driving force behind bringing the team to where we are today.   As the results of the US skiers began to improve on the World Cup the professionalism of the staff also stepped up each year lead…