July 31st, 2012
Our summers goal is to improve specific base fitness. So far a lot of work and good progress. For most of our team we have put together 2 good glacier camps. Last week at the Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier our team skied between 300 to 420 KM, including 2 sets of intervals, 2 speed sessions, and 2 strength.
Charlie Renfro put together this sweet video, check it out!
Train hard and have fun!
May 4th, 2012
The training season has begun! We have a tradition on the APU Elite team, every year in the first week of May we get our team together for a week of volume, a bit of intensity, and a whole lot of crust skiing. This year looks like it is going to be a good one. Our camp is off to a great start. Here are a few pictures.
Train hard and have fun!
November 30th, 2010
This past Saturday the APU Nordic Ski Center conducted a ski-a-thon. No bibs, no money, just a bunch of skiers of all ages who wanted to see how many kilometers we could do individually and as a group.
Our route was the 5k Spencer Loop in Anchorage, which opens with a 1k hill, that allegedly, exceeds FIS limits for climbing on a 5k loop. The trail then heads over a few more hills to finish it off. So all the km skied were well earned and earned is soft new snow. Everyone relished the chance not only to put in a good solid session of skiing but also to achieve our goal of 500 km as a program in a two hour time limit. Why 500km? Because that’s about what the APU Elite Team could do in a typical 2 hour session. We blew right through the 500 km mark and finished with 900 km!
Community is so important. It is through community we make skiing a part of our lives, we make it culture.
A break down by sub-group:
- 23 Master skiers completed 355 km in 2 hours. Most skied by two Masters: 25 km!
- 18 Junior skiers completed 330 km in 2 hours. Most skied by a single Junior: 30 km!
- 14 Devo (junior development) completed 215 km in 90 min. Most skied by 4 Devos: 20km!
- 55 skiers through 900 km on tough trail!
- Over 70,000 vertical feet climbed
November 23rd, 2010
November 18th, 2010
The APUNSC Junior Team had a phenomenal camp in Hatcher Pass last weekend. We had a few obstacles but they were no match for the group’s sense of fun, grittiness, and adventure.
The goals of the camp:
– Ski a lot in difficult terrain
– Learn international level waxing skills
– Review our ski technique and identify how to improve it;
– Decide a primary season goal, several intermediate goals along the path, and more importantly, the necessary process goals to attain them;
– But most of all, determine the world champion of speedball!
We accomplished all of these goals, even though the speed ball was conveniently left at the lodge. The substitute, an orange, made for a thematically correct endeavor. Fighting tooth and nail for the prize through three feet of snow.
A few pictures by MacKenzie Flynn . . .
November 13th, 2010
Glad to be into the Racing season! I view racing as a measure for where we are ‘now’ and a gauge to figuring out what we need to do to make the next step. As a team we work on the idea of each race being a stepping stone to the “A” race of the season and each race as an experience building learning process to reach the ultimate ski goal regardless of results.
This weekend was good. Kikkan has been working on a few concepts over the dry land season. She nailed the technique goals while racing in Finland. Plus we had a smashing good race today on the Hilltop Trails. Today’s race was 5 and 10 km skate on the Spencer 5 km trail. Definitely the most challenging trail in Anchorage, exceeding FIS climbing standards. A good test of fitness and efficient technique.
Here are a few pictures courtesy of Rob Whitney…
November 4th, 2010
November 2nd, 2010
In an interview I was once asked “What makes being a skier in Anchorage special?” My answer was that we have skiing available 11 out of 12 months a year, 100+ kilometers of skiing within the city limits, and nordic skiing is a part of everyday life. Here is a good example, yesterday my family and I were skiing at Glenn Alps for our “Sunday ski”. A photographer for the Anchorage Daily News was looking for a picture of what was happening in town over the weekend. Oskar, my son, and I ended up on the front page of the Monday paper. Skiing is normal in daily Anchorage life, just as baseball is in the ‘lower 48’. Here is the picture…
November 1st, 2010
The month of October was really good. We had a couple time trials and some really nice skiing. This weekend we ended the month with a sweet day at Hatcher Pass. ‘Hatcher’ is an hour north of Anchorage. Typically our first good track skiing of the season. Mark and Ed Strabel laid out some beautiful skiing. Here are a few pictures, enjoy!
October 28th, 2010
Another good session yesterday. This period our focus is race specific skills and speed. Here is video from yesterday’s session
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