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 had a few great outdoor adventures despite the rough weather. Its been pretty cold and cloudy here in PC with the accessional snow or rain shower but as with most western states the weather can change super quickly so it’s all about taking advantage of the good windows. I was able to make it out for a few great roller skis with the Hoff and Liz who are both in town, but a lot of the training was done with just Erika and I. It’s fun to take advantage of a mellow schedule and setting your own training hours for a few days before camp starts.
we found a little bit of snow along the way. Actually a lot more snow than I thought was going to be there which made for some slow going and trail blazing.
And although Erika had her doubts in me we found the ‘cool’ alpine lake but it was all frozen over still.
views from the top
lots of green and cool trees toward the bottom of our trek.
This weekend I’ve been keeping training pretty relaxed since we will start the training camp on Monday with back to back max tests on the treadmill. some folks don’t like maxing out on the treadmill but I have to say I don’t mind it and find the whole scientific side of testing pretty interesting. At the very least when you’re skiing on a treadmill it feel like you’re hailing ass which is kind of fun no matter what. In addition to the max tests we will have our normal blood, hemoglobin, and strength tests to see what kind of shape we are in to start the training year.
So I think today will be spent chilling and possibly fishing depending on if we can find the weather window. Looking forward to getting back together with my USST teammates after a long break, we’re such a tight team and spend so much time together throughout the year its a lot like a big family reunion for our first camp of the summer with everything from by team BBQ’s and of course lots of meetings!