There’s no denying it that Autumn is the best time of year to be training around New England. For the past week the Stratton team has been together getting in one last big team week of training around SMS before our next US Ski Team camp out West. For many of us this will be the last time we have the whole team training together in Vermont before the season starts, so we wanted to take advantage of this time with some epic training and fun Fall adventures.
Although the leaves are late to change this year it still takes you by surprise how great some of the back road colors are. One of our favorite Fall workouts of the year is our annual ski-run combo at Little Rock Pond. It’s always a fun point to point workouts followed by a chili and corn bread lunch at Sverre’s house.
Erika going to a jump into Little Rock Pond.
We started off this week in a big way with a 4 hour team OD. Each year we do a Ski-A-Thon which is a chance for skiers to do some individual fundraising to cover their out of pocket costs. This year I opted to set up the Fan Club https://ussa.rallyme.com/rallies/2159 instead of Ski-A-Thon pledges… but I still wasn’t going to miss out on a 4 hour ski! We were definitely reluctant leaving the school in the morning with wet roads and rain in the forecast but it turned out to be a really pleasant ski. We tried to pick some pretty fast rolling terrain to see how many k’s we could ski. The men’s team racked up just over 70k’s!
Skiing with the crew up one of our bigger climbs of the 4 hour ski.
Even with a couple big workouts on the schedule it was still important to get in some intervals as well. I still tried to fit in some L4 double poling this week along with some group 30 second intervals and longer L3. Sometimes this time of year can get pretty hectic trying to fit everything in and this week was no exception. A crew of us had to drive down to Boston on Thursday for the annual USSA Snow Ball which was a lot of fun, but we also had to turn around the next morning and drive back to Stratton in time for some afternoon intervals!
The ‘T2 Crew’ at the Boston Snow Ball
Now that the week has wrapped up everyone has started packing and organizing for what will be an extremely busy month. Many of us are headed to Utah tomorrow for a 3 week altitude training block. Luckily we get to fly out a little early and enjoy some mountain biking and running around Moab before the intense camp starts. I’ve never done any biking in Moab so Erika and I are really looking forward to it.
Jessie finishing off the big training week by doing a 3.5 hour ski/hike of Stratton. We call it the vertical challenge. Yesterday was a beauty of a day for it.
This week kind of marks the end of our Summer training block here in Stratton. Erika and I have been living in an apartment right in the village which we are currently moving out of before jumping into the Fall travel. For me this has been the most fun summer of training I’ve had around SMS and also the most productive so I’m excited to be feeling fit and ready to take on one last month of hard training before heading to Europe!
Cooking up the last of our local ‘Foster Cow’ with an epic Fall roast. Looking forward to some fun time with the US Ski Team in Utah.