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USSA Coaches Education Conference

Monday, September 28th, 2009

This weekend we were able to attend and presented at the USSA Coaches Education Conference. It was a great conference. The presentations of the various speakers was a great way to learn about what is happening in the US, plus learn about what research is being done in Norway and Sweden. Really cool. Much of the information shared by HC Holmberg confirmed that we are on the right track both with efficiency and training. We are definitely excited and committed to having all of our coaches with 100 level certificate. I like the message in the conference that we as a country can be successful and are having success by putting athletes on the podium on the World Cup and other international events. APU has built a system to develop skiers. We would love to help the process! If you are interested, contact me.

Great conference, definitely worth the trip!

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Kincaid Stampede RS Race

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Sunday September 20th APU’s Elite Team wrapped up period 6 competing in the 3rd Annual Kincaid Stampede. Conditions were perfect with dry roads and beautiful fall colors.

The team looked strong with both the women’s and men’s race won by APU Elite team members Kikkan Randall and Anders Haugen. Results are posted on the Results link found on the left of this page.

Here are a few pictures:

Getting ready to race. Skier enjoys the beautiful fall conditions at Kincaid Park.

Getting ready to race. Skier enjoys the beautiful fall conditions at Kincaid Park.

Men's field organizes for a hard 30 minutes of double pole. The pack is lead by eventual winner Anders Haugen of APU.

Men’s field organizes for a hard 30 minutes of double pole. Mark Iverson of APU setting the pace.

Women's field races out of the start. The pack is ready!

Women's field races out of the start. The pack is ready!

Women's lead pack with 1.5 km to the finish! Kikkan Randall leads APU teammates Laura Valaas and Katie Ronsse.

Women’s lead pack with 1.5 km to the finish! Kikkan Randall leads APU teammates Laura Valaas and Katie Ronsse.
APU's J1 boys. Great to see them training hard and getting faster!

APU's J1 boys. Great to see them training hard and getting faster!

Celia Haering APU J2 skiing strong.

Celia Haering APU J2 skiing strong.

Next time we race at Kincaid...We trade roller skis for the real thing! APU coaches at US Nationals.

Next time we race at Kincaid...We trade roller skis for the real thing! APU coaches at US Nationals.

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Ski Update

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Today we had our first snow flake! It did not stay long, but it is coming…

September is APU’s one month a year off snow. ¬†We use September to balance training and get ready for race season. This summer we used our time on Eagle Glacier at the Thomas Training Center to build aerobic base and focus on technique. To date this is the best we have prepped as a team. I am really proud of the work my team of athletes and coaches have done. As a group we have put in 50-90 hours of ski time this summer. Here is a recap of our last camp. In a few weeks we will be back on snow at Hatcher Pass. Enjoy.

US Ski Team and APU member Kikkan Randall putting in a lot of time this summer building base. Kikkan spends 65-90 hours on snow during summer month!

US Ski Team and APU member Kikkan Randall putting in a lot of time this summer building base. She is on track for a great season.

09 WC Team member James Southam builds aerobic base. Time, patience, and training is important. James base is stronger than I have seen it.

09 WC Team member James Southam builds aerobic base. Time, patience, and training is important. James base is stronger than I have seen it.

Glacier snow is very similar to spring snow conditions, here Katie Ronsse takes advantage of some sweet-fast skating.

Glacier snow is very similar to spring snow conditions, here Katie Ronsse takes advantage of some sweet-fast skating.

A coaches dream...The new APU lactate and video machine full with gun racks and heated handle bars.

The coaches dream vehicle was donated to our program...The new APU lactate and video machine full with gun racks and heated handle bars.

US Ski Team and APU member Tazlina Mannix building speed and power.

US Ski Team and APU member Tazlina Mannix building speed and power.

Erika Klaar of APU-Homer taking advantage of the clean snow.

Last years volcanic eruption spread ash to Distance Nationals and on top of our glacier. At first we were curious how it would be. We scraped the snow clean and the skiing was excellent. Erika Klaar of APU taking advantage of the clean snow.

09 WJC member Becca Rorrabaugh improving skate power. Becca's third year on the glacier and easily 200 hours of summer skiing. It makes a big difference.

09 WJC member Becca Rorrabaugh improving skate power. Becca's third year on the glacier and easily 200 hours of summer skiing. It makes a big difference.

Kate Arduser of APU gliding it out. Kate just passed by the coaches taking countless hours of valuable video. The summer is the ideal time to refine technique.

Kate Arduser of APU gliding it out. Kate just passed by the coaches taking countless hours of valuable video. The summer is the ideal time to refine technique.

Klister and soft tracks...Eagle is a great place to refine classic technique...Maybe the best! APU Women's team hitting some classic drills.

Klister and soft tracks...Eagle is a great place to refine classic technique...Maybe the best! APU Women's team hitting some classic drills.

Anders Haugen and Mike Hinckley lead double pole strength session.

Anders Haugen and Mike Hinckley lead the mens team in a double pole strength session.

This year we designed the course to resemble the courses in Vancouver. Here Taz, Katie, and Anders skiing the 7.5 km loop that focuses on gradual climbs.

This year we designed the course to resemble the courses in Vancouver. Here Taz, Katie, and Anders skiing the 7.5 km loop that focuses on gradual climbs.

Camp Championships...A hearty game of speed ball, just when I thought everyone was tired, out comes the killer competitive instinct. Game on.

Camp Championships...A hearty game of speed ball, just when I thought everyone was tired, out comes the killer competitive instinct. Game on.

Erik Flora and Casey Fagerquist install a new PB motor with a little help from a helicopter.

Erik Flora and Casey Fagerquist install a new PB motor with a little help from a helicopter...Team work at its best. Very cool.

Fueled up and ready for battle. Casey Fagerquist ready to groom.

Fueled up and ready for battle. Casey Fagerquist ready to groom.

We give it everything we have to bring US skiing to the top. Even if it takes rebuilding the groomer. Here Erik Flora modifies a new-used motor for the Piston Bully. 2 AM and camp starts in a few days.

We give it everything we have to bring US skiing to the top. Even if it takes coaches rebuilding the groomer. Erik Flora, Casey Fagerquist, and Dylan Watts modify a new-used motor for the Piston Bully. 2 AM and camp starts in a few days.

Another great summer of training on Eagle. The more we ski, the more we learn about skiing. This year we definitely learned what klister works well for the next volcanic eruption:)

Another great summer of training on Eagle. The more we ski, the more we learn about skiing. This year we definitely learned what klister works well for the next volcanic eruption:)

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