Ah yes, I remember what it’s like to come back from New Zealand now…. Last week was a good reminder that although traveling down to NZ is pretty damn easy, putting in 14 days of epic training and spending two days flying BACK to the US is really when it finally hits you. It’s kind of like a week long training camp hangover.
Fortunately we planned accordingly in our training and make sure to have a pretty easy week upon arriving back in the states. I flew directly into Boston to meet Erika. Which worked out perfectly since that travel to major city like Boston took almost a half day off my usual travel. Quick and easy. We spent tow days hanging out in Boston around the Beacon Hill area, catching up with T-swift and friends. It’s still a little bit of a blur I have to admit I must have been little sleepy most of the time.
Just as a monster of a New England heat wave was hitting us we drove back to Southern Vermont and eased back into Stratton life and some training.
Best way to wake up from a cloud of jet lag…. cold water plunge. this one is called the twinkle toes pikes falls jump.
I spent the week training very low hours but also getting out the door every day to get my sweat on roller skiing a few days with the SMS group and getting the legs back into running form. You kind of forget that taking a 14 day ski training camp in the middle of summer can take a toll on your running legs. With a super humid heat wave upon us each session filled with lots of sweat dripping down my face but was followed immediately by some cold water swimming.
As usual the waves are a little flat at Stratton pond…. Erika’s heading out for a paddle anyway
Some training sessions we were able to do as a team but a lot of last week’s workouts were on our own so it was a good opportunity to explore some new spots that we don’t normally hit. Erika and I ran out to the Hamilton falls which are usually pretty rad. With the dry hot weather the falls weren’t pumping but it was still a beautiful run.
biker babe on the Bonneville
Also trying our luck fining fishes in the West River. = unsuccessful
Some of the non training activities of the week besides fishing included getting out on the Triumph a few times and helping our the Foster crew at Ryan’s house. Their place is looking incredible these days and everyone is pitching in for the final week push before Mae’s wedding next weekend.
laying fence posts and landscaping. It was such an epic summer weekend that it was actually really enjoyable to be working outside, taking plenty of breaks to swim in the pond.
Erika, top notch graffiti artist on the famous ‘party bus’
After a pretty relaxing weekend we are now back into a full ‘work week’ of training that will include a lot more hours and interval sessions. This is a good full week of training before most of the US Ski team squad heads out for another camp, this time a roller skiing adventure in Norway. I’ve never been over to Norway in the summer so I have to say I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to jumping in some of my first big time roller ski races.
This week in VT will be made even more busy with the BKYSL and junior camps happening at SMS. These camps are hugely important to the club but also the whole New England skiing community and are great for developing the next generation of skiers. I remember going to the SMS camps when I was a youth skier and learning a little bit about what it was like to train for skiing as early as a 10 or 11 year old. Yesterday we had a full group of about 40 10-13 year olds roller skiing around so you can imagine the chaos. I was actually really impressed with the level of skiing these little guys displayed.