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Long run + fun week = sore legs.

This past week wrapped up a solid 3 weeks of training here in Stratton, Vermont! It’s been busy with camps visiting in town and jumping into training sessions, which keeps each day exciting with fresh faces and enthusiasm for new training venues.

We had the SMS Summer camp here at the school, and for both camps (the junior aged and the high-school aged camp) the Elite team came to eat some meals with the campers, coach an agility session, sign t-shirts, do an interval workout and talk with the skiers during Q&A sessions where they could ask about World Cup racing, travel, or anything they’re wondering about the lifestyle of a ski racer!

The SMS elite team bounding up the mountain with the SMS juniors and a visiting Swedish club team! (photo by Lilly Caldwell)

The SMS elite team bounding up the mountain with the SMS juniors and a visiting Swedish club team! (photo by Lilly Caldwell)

Then after the camp, a visiting Swedish club stuck around for another few days and hopped into a few workouts with us. After they’d left, one of Canada’s national training center teams came down from Quebec for a week long camp, so we had a few workouts with them as well!

Big group of SMS, SMS elite, and Quebec training camp ready to go on some intervals! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Big group of SMS, SMS elite, and Quebec training camp ready to go on some intervals! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

Moving so fast the trees were blurred! :) (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Moving so fast the trees were blurred! 🙂 (photo by Pat O’Brien)

One of those was a bounding workout where we went round and round a trail for 40-60 minutes in Level 3. It was cool to do a continuous bounding workout like that because it gave us a great opportunity to practice being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and getting in the zone where you’re just focused on each step and technique instead of how much it hurts.

Having fun and getting in the zone during a long continuous interval! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Having fun and getting in the zone during a long continuous interval! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

Using the lactate kit to determine how my pacing went! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Using the lactate kit to determine how my pacing went! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

Hurdles and an obstacle course during one of our last agility sessions of summer training coaching the juniors! (photo by Lilly Caldwell)

Hurdles and an obstacle course during one of our last agility sessions of summer training coaching the juniors! (photo by Lilly Caldwell)

Having fun working on my balance, agility and air awareness on the trampoline! (photo by Jason Cork)

Having fun working on my balance, agility and air awareness on the trampoline! (photo by Jason Cork)

Avoiding the "one dolla fine" going through the covered bridge with Cork! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Avoiding the “one dolla fine” going through the covered bridge with Cork! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

For Anne Hart’s 24th birthday on Saturday, we decided to do a long over-distance workout at an easy pace…while getting up and over 4 peaks in just over 4 hours! It was fun and the stoke levels were high. Anne is a really awesome teammate, friend and all around great person (with some seriously impressive culinary, cross country skiing, and cross fit skills) so it was sweet to celebrate her birthday as a team.

The "before" photo: Lauren, Ben, Me, Anne, Erika, Gabe, Andy ready to run! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

The “before” photo: Lauren, Ben, Me, Anne, Erika, Gabe, Andy ready to run! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

I have wanted to run a marathon for a long time. I don’t know why this is such a fixated goal of mine, other than it’s probably because I’m not really allowed to do it. Running a road marathon would hurt my knees and be a distraction from ski training, one that I can’t do during my usual training season. But running a marathon on trails…is a possibility, because although it might take WAY longer, the soft trail and slower running would be easier on my body, and I planned to stay in zone 1 the entire time. So I picked Saturday as my day to go after my goal! It was a great day to do it as it was sunny, cool in the shade, and I had awesome teammates to run the first 2/3’s with, and my boyfriend to run the last tough part with.

Peak #1: Baker! (photo from Erika)

Peak #1: Baker! (photo from Erika)

Peak #2 (with terrible views): Stiles! (photo by Erika)

Peak #2 (with terrible views): Stiles! (photo by Erika)

Peak #3: Peru! (photo by Pat O'Brien)

Peak #3: Peru! (photo by Pat O’Brien)

Peak #4: Bromley! (photo from Erika)

Peak #4: Bromley! (photo from Erika)

After the group made it to the finish point after 4:30 hours of running, Wade met me at the parking lot and ran out and back on another stretch of the AT trail. It was super fun the whole time! fun at parts, and hard at other parts when I was really tired and just wanted to be done! After 6 hours of running, my knees were pretty sore and I was over the magic of trail running. But at the same time, once you’ve run for long enough you kind of get this feeling that you may as well run forever, as long as you have enough hydration and fuel! Big thanks to Nuun hydration tablets and Kate’s Real Food Bars for getting me through. And of course, Julia made an outstanding chocolate birthday cake for Anne and we all got to share that in the evening! Yum!

FINALLY - made it 26.2 miles! In 6:45 hours. Yikes.

FINALLY – made it 26.2 miles! In 6:45 hours. Yikes.

Now, it’s time for a nice easy recovery week before we travel to New Zealand for our 3rd US Ski Team training camp of the summer!

A little more travel, a lot more smiles!

Family is so important to me, and every time I get to spend time with my relatives it gives me an extra spark, that special energy that you get when you’re with people you love. So although it can be challenging to fit in extra travel around a grueling training…

Rest week, and ready to go again!

After Alaska camp, my coach and I planned to give me a week where I wrote my own training plan, kept the hours and intensity extremely low, and focused on recovery. It was nice to have a mini-vacation in the middle of summer training, just to hit the reset button and…

Alaska, part two: The Glacier

I hope I say often enough just how much I LOVE my job, and how lucky I feel! The past week of training was hard work, of course, but anytime “going to work” means getting dressed up in spandex and skiing on a glacier for 5 hours, you know life…

Alaska, part one: the running

This first week of camp in Alaska has been beautiful, fun, adventurous…and a lot of great training! Almost every day has included a running workout where we pick a new mountain, big or small, and go climb it! Or, we’ll do a fun running loop to a super cold lake…

An Open Letter to Airports

As I traveled to Alaska for our second US Ski Team camp of the summer, I spent quite a bit of my time in airplanes and hanging out in airports. It occurred to me that I might write a letter to tell the airport exactly how I feel about it….

Easy week, awesome training.

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A week with the Norwegian National Team

Last week was such an adventure for me, and I was very honored and excited to accept an invitation to train with the girls widely known as the best Cross Country skiers in the world! I think it’s really awesome when people who are at the top of their profession,…

Better together

You know those wonderfully sappy, motivational sports movies that most people secretly (or openly) love? How the band of heroes creates a team, struggles together through tough training and ultimately wins the day? I got to experience a moment stolen right out of one of those movies during our time…

Back at it

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve slept in the same house for longer than 2.5 weeks! This feel so weird to me. But it’s also incredibly nice to get settled in to the house so generously loaned out to us SMS team athletes for the summer. I actually…