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Parting Shots

Monday, August 17th, 2009
 

So, David and I made it back to Alaska smoothly. It was a little melancholy leaving Park City, after a very successful summer of training and fun. But everything we learned there will be applied here in Fairbanks, and we would like to hope that we might spend future summers in Utah, training with the Ski Team. A big shout out to coaches Pete, Matt, and Pat who put an incredible amount of time and energy into us. Thanks guys, it was an amazing experience.

Now just a few leftover shots…. part one.

Jessie and Monica run through the enchanted forests of Park City resort

Jessie and Monica run through the enchanted forests of Park City resort

Me, finally getting my hips to follow my hands

Me, finally getting my hips to follow my hands

Playing frolf with Noah and some US Boardercrossers

Playing frolf with Noah and some US Boardercrossers

Cruising through the lonely fields

Cruising through the lonely fields

Nutrition

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
First, you cant do squat here in hot, dry Utah without rediculous amounts of hydration

First, you cant do squat here in hot, dry Utah without rediculous amounts of hydration

Noah admits to being terrible at hydrating, so he sets an alarm every few minutes to force himself to

Noah admits to being terrible at hydrating, so he sets an alarm every few minutes to force himself to

David and the Hoff refuel after intervals... Guess which one eats more?

David and the Hoff refuel after intervals... Guess which one eats more?

Complete meal: liquids and sustenence

Complete meal: liquids and sustenence

Tensile Strength

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Working with a dedicated “Nordic Strength Coach” at the Center of Excellence has been one of the many new experiences for David and I this summer. Neither of us have ever been so watched during strength workouts before; at home its usually a “go into the gym by yourself and crank out as many sweet exercises that you think may apply to cross country skiing and try not to get embarrassed by the girls swim team” type deal. Of course, you can’t go too wrong with lots of dips, pull-ups, abs, and plyometric jumping, which is probably why we’ve been getting by.

 

But needless to say, I have learned some stuff down here, namely a few weird exercises that I never would have thought of, and if I had, probably wouldn’t have done. So we’ve been trying out things like “Turkish Get-Ups”, “Push-Jerks”, “Speed Pull Ups”, and “Med-Ball Thrusts”, and now we only have to worry about getting embarrassed by the alpiners.

 

David aka "Mad Hops" gets some hangtime

David aka "Mad Hops" gets some hangtime

 

 

 

 

 

Im showing my MONSTER FACE for Pat

Im showing my MONSTER FACE for Pat

 

You wanna get sore? Lift some weight on a massive pneumatic tower called the "Agaton"

You wanna get sore? Lift some weight on a massive pneumatic tower called the "Agaton"

 

Bam! Textbook explosiveness right there folks!

Bam! Textbook explosiveness right there folks!

 

 

 

Last Week Next

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

We are just about to embark on our last official training week of the NTG camp. It should be a good one, and by good I mean tough. With fairly high volume and plenty of intensity, power strength, and a skate time trial at Soldier Hollow, I hope to be feeling it in seven days time. I’ll keep you all updated on our survival rate.

 

 

The gang warming up for some level 4

The gang warming up for some level 4

 

 

 

In the middle of one of P.Casey's signature bushwacking run/hikes

In the middle of one of P.Casey's signature bushwacking run/hikes

 

Me, skiing along above the capital building in Salt Lake

Me, skiing along above the capital building in Salt Lake

 

We got to watch Everton FC, a huge Euro club, practice one day before they took on the MLS All Stars

We got to watch Everton FC, a huge Euro club, practice one day before they took on the MLS All Stars