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This week is our third testing sequence of the summer. We typically run 4 tests to review the training effects of the last period. Test one is Skate power, test 2 is double pole power, test 3 is aerobic measure, and test 4 is body status and overall fitness with pole bounding. We started this sequence a few years ago and it is proving to be a great way to monitor and balance training. The test sequence enables our staff to closely monitor each athlete with lab style accuracy. The test is all done in the field on specific courses so testing is accomplished without having to make a break in training. Training is always the most important. Our goal for July was to improve base fitness. Testing and observation show early summer training to be a success!

Kikkan training hard and setting her third PR of the summer!

Kikkan training hard and setting her third PR of the summer!

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Laura Valaas attacking the women's double pole course and setting a new PR by over 4.5 percent!

At the end of the day, vital information is collected including time, temperature, lactate, heart rate, and any other fun data.

At the end of the day, vital information is collected including time, temperature, lactate, heart rate, and any other fun data. Athletes Becca "The Wrecka" Rorabaugh and Kate "Fitz" Fitzergerald wait for collection from Coaches Eric Strabel and Casey Fagerquist.

Ah yes, a great day for both athletes and coaches!

Ah yes, a great day for both athletes and coaches!

To polish off the week APUNSC is co-hosting the traditional “Potter Hill Climb”. Nearly every elite skier who has traveled through Anchorage has put a time on the course, so it is always a good measuring stick heading into the fall.

Next week the APU Elite Team is back to our Summer ski facility on Eagle Glacier for another round of volume and Swix KR60. Stay tuned!