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do svidaniya Russia!

 

 

We saw a little but of everything during this trip to Russia from highs to lows both on the race track and in sub zero temperatures. In general it was an outstanding weekend of top performances from our ladies squad and as always it was an exciting adventure filled with things out of the ordinary so… here are a few pics.
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the trip to Rybinsk started with a 6 hour bus ride from Moscow. The roads are a lil bit bumpy in some parts and our rickety bus didn’t go much faster than 40 miles per hour, but we were able to spread out and enjoy the bumps and just roll with it. We watched a few movies and kicked back but at the end of the day it was a wicked long travel day. I couldn’t believe we made it the whole 6 hour trip with only one roadside pit stop.

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we made it to the race venue just in time for a very late dinner. We race and stay right next to the ski trails staying in cabins and eating in the restaurant with the rest of the skiers. Although the food might be little bit different you have to give them an A for effort and most things are pretty dialed when it comes to racing over here.  I did take down a little chicken liver on a few nights but nothing too wild.

We woke up our first day to temperatures around -25 c. Which for us is below the legal racing limit but we headed out for an easy training day and did our best to prepare for the upcoming races.

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Chilly early morning walk to breakfast

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Just like most places in the far north when it’s clear it can get damn cold. especially here in Rybinsk since the rails are right next to the Volga river humidity is high and the wind can get ripping.

When it’s -25 most of the time we don’t do any super hard training to protect the lungs so we went out for an easy classic ski and it was actually really nice with pretty speedy snow and some sunshine.

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Frosty first ski in Rybinsk

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Luckily things warmed up a bit for the 3 days of races and the typical massive crowds of Russia came out to brave the cold. Here the stands are just filling up but just outside the gates there are tons of venders and ‘tailgaters’ enjoying the XC skiing scene eating and dancing with strange Disney World type mascots. There were many highlights of the weekend including Liz getting her first career podium with a 2nd place in the skate race. Jessie scoring two top 5’s, and all the girls pretty much kicking ass all weekend. In addition Erik scored his first spirt points on Saturday.

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Beautiful spot here in Rybinsk… as long as you don’t mind the cold

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I’ve always had a great time traveling around Russia and look forward to the next time we come back. There are so many old buildings and a lot of history in the country…. and I like checking out some of the crazy vehicles they have over here.

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One of the many old chapels we pass through the small towns between Moscow and Rybinsk.

Tomorrow morning we will have an early morning exit from Russia flying on a charter flight to Munich where we will load up our rental vans again and drive to Davos. The team and I will have our pre World Champs training camp in Davos for the next two weeks and I’m looking forward to forgetting about some of these less than stellar world cup results getting healed up and healthy and focusing on the big show in Falun!

 

 

Fightin’ the Hives

The Tour de Ski is officially behind us and unfortunately for me it couldn’t have come too soon. It’s safe to say that the past 1o days have been some of the hardest for me as an athlete struggling with both on-course disasters and my health. With that being said there were still many highlight of the week which can’t be ignored especially seeing Liz battle her way to a 5th place overall finish. We were beyond stoked to see her crush the classic mass start sage 6 and then to turn around and hammer up another placing in the hill climb was unreal! We were all yelling at the TV here in Ramsau and it really was an epic ski on her part. So proud of her.   Sophie, Sadie, Ida, Simi and I traveled to Ramsau after the races in Toblach since we were planning on skipping the…

Home for X-Mas!

When I heard the news that FIS had changed and relocated last weeks races to Davos not to mention substituted in a Skate sprint, I have to admit I wasn’t too stoked. It had aways been my plan to skip the last weekend of World Cups before Christmas and travel home for some family time. After running through every possible scenario to stay in Davos and race the second Skate sprint I decided to stick with the travel plan and miss out on some valuable world cups points and continue flying home to VT on December 16th. Looking back it was a tough decision for sure… It’s never fun to think about a world cup sprint going on without you, especially on a course you know you can compete well on… but at the end of the day for me it was totally worth it and I’l glad I stuck…

Ruka to Lillehammer

Sometimes it feels like the ‘steeps’ of Ruka can either make or break your weekend in Kuusamo. There really are very few ski courses in the world that have steeper hills and it’s something that we definitely don’t see on the roller skis throughout the summer so it can be a very rude awakening to the world cup scene. For me it was a tough adjustment and the races didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped. The race weekend started with the classic sprint on Saturday and as usual everyone including myself was pretty fired up to draw race the final Ruka climb into the stadium and fight it out on what has become an iconic opening sprint race.  They day wasn’t made any easier by some tricky waxing conditions. looking up the big climb. I think it’s safe to say that often times conditions are a lot…

Far North Update

We have been in Muonio Finland for the past 4 days and going through the usual adjusting to the Euro time zone and the dark coldness of the far North. As usual it look the typical 27 hours + to travel all the way from Vermont to Northern Finland but with everyone here in one piece and all of our baggage intact you can’t really ask for much more. Muonio is about a 3 hour drive North of Roveneimi (the official airport of Santa Clause!)   Getting ready for the 7+ hour flight across the pond. In order to get to Muonio we had to fly to Amsterdam- Helsinki – Roveneimi This shot of the map in the airport gives you an idea of how far North we really are…. about a 3 hour drive above the arctic circle. For the past 4 days we have been getting some great…

Last week Home

yes it is. Actually it’s the last week in the US for a while so here’s a little recap of whats been going on. After returning from Canmore Erika, Simi, Sophie, Ben and I hit up the big city for two days. Now most people know I’m not much of a city guy but NYC has been growning on me the last few times I’ve been there. It’s just so different, I feel like it’s kind of it’s own country. Very overwhelming, but a pretty cool place to see in small doses. We spent a day checking out some different parts of town including the MET and central park before we had our NYC Gold Medal Gala US Ski team fundraiser that evening. It was a great turn out and a as always it was a cool opportunity to catch up with USSA supporters, trustees, and ski fans from NY….

Canmore update

Frozen Thunder in Canmore never seems to disappoint.  We’ve been training here for the past week getting used to the feel of skiing on real snow and extending our mega camp into it’s third week.  The thought of skiing on a 2 k loop for a week can make some skiers cringe but something about being here in Canmore on the ‘Thunder” isn’t bad at all. I’ve been in plenty of ski tunnels over the years and although the skiing is just as crowded and often times just as sugary here on the “Thunder” the fact that we’re outside surrounded by beautiful mountains makes it that much better. We have been spending the past week adjusting to the roller ski – snow transition which means working on a lot of technique. Here Liz, Jessie, and Matt work on some skating without poles.  Our first few days in town we worked…

VT to PC and Speed Camp

The past week was a crazy one while putting in some good training in Vermont and also getting organized for our month long training camp to Park City and Canmore. Fall is one of my favorite times of year to be training in Vermont and the past week was awesome with cool night, warm days, and lots of color. We had some of our usual workouts scheduled including bounding intervals up the mountain and a long OD ski run combo with the SMS club. School is in full session now so it’s great to have a big group of young skiers along for a weekend distance workout and the gym is always crazy. On Saturday the whole group was out for a ski run around Little Rock Pond and a big BBQ at sverres house to celebrate the start of the year and the super fun Peru fair weekend. Fall…

Last weeks of summer

We are in that strange shoulder season right now when it’s not quite Fall but the lazy summer feeling isn’t there either. As a skier it feels like the Lake Placid Training camp is a big turning point when we start hitting more intensity and all of a sudden the season is right around the corner. We finished off our LP camp strong with the epic Climb to the Castle race which is always one of he hardest workouts we do all year long. It’f funny because distance skate skiing… especially uphill skate skiing, would have to be my worse event but each year I go into the climb thinking I’ll tear it up. I do think my skate technique has improved a ton over the summer and I’m a lot fitter when it comes to skating but damn a 40 minute uphill race is still tough. I ended up…

Speed Camp Video