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Finding that “Swing”

I am currently finishing the book “The Boys in the Boat” (for those who don’t what it is, it is about the nine men and their quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in rowing). Below is a quote I read a few days ago that resonated with me.

“Therein lies the secret to successful crews: Their “swing”, that fourth dimension of rowing, which can only be appreciated by an oarsman who has rowed in a swinging crew, where the run is uncanny and the work of propelling the shell a delight”. – George Pocock

In cross-country skiing, it is our body that swings in unison, instead of a crew. Every part of the body engages simultaneously, in a fluid and effortless motion (the skiers out there know that incredible feeling I am talking about). Sometimes we find it and sometimes we lose it, just as the Washington crew did. However, the more we achieve this swinging body in various terrains and techniques, the closer we become to mastering efficient and fast technique. I am by no means close to a “swinging body” but it has become one of the things I am going to work on this year.

I had plenty of time to think about running form on our 4h run on the AT (also longest run I have ever done time wise)!
At Stratton Pond with Lauren and Abby, my running buddies! 
Running with LO on an OD (over distance) combo.

The training camp in Park City taught me how to be aware of my body position and movement, which is the first step to improving my technique. The past few weeks I have had plenty of time to follow my teammates in our 3+ hour skis and run since we are in a volume block right now. By syncing up with my teammates during long skis, I learned how they ski most efficiently while also being able to practice how to follow someone else (an important skill for racing). So go out and find that “swing” of yours!

Do we look like a “swinging crew”?
One person of four people? Working on following each other.
Long rollerskis are pretty sweet with weather and views like this!
Pat really got the shot here.
Vermont skiing at its’ finest = dirt roads.
Nom Nom Nom.
Channeling my inner Annie (teammate and housemate)  by trying to take artsy food shots…as you can see, I need some practice.
Lo fueling at the summit of Bromley after our long ski/run combo workout.
Best part, we got to take the alpine slide down!
The boys are getting too strong for the med balls. Classic Gabe being Gabe.


Summer Focus.

  Fresh off a training camp from Park City, UT, I am heading into summer more focused and healthy than I have ever been in the past. It was really fun to return to Park City and see my friends from last summer when I was out there as well as runiting with some of my… More Summer Focus.

Spring Recap(with video)!

What happened this spring? I am starting up my blog again! After today, I plan to post one every Monday! I finished my first term of college at Dartmouth. I absolutely loved it! I headed out to Park City for a short camp. I learned about body movement and how to properly fuel for workouts.… More Spring Recap(with video)!

What a year, thank YOU!

Wow, the season is over! I don’t even know where to begin?! I faced numerous challenges this year, many more than I would have hoped for. I am however, fortunate to have had the opportunity to face and overcome my challenges successfully. They have made me stronger mentally and physically, they have taught me how […]

10 Things I learned from racing in Europe for the past 4 weeks !

Things I learned from racing in Europe for the past 4 weeks (in no particular order)… Americans have no reason to doubt that they can’t ski with the top skiers. We had multiple top 10 results at the OPA Cup races. We had multiple top 20’s at World Juniors. A German coach even came up […]


Cross-country skiing is an individual sport but it cannot be done without a team. I think what has made this trip so successful is the team atmosphere. Often times in the past I have found that being one of the youngest ones on the trip can be hard, but this year I haven’t even noticed […]

1. Comfortable 2. Confident 3. Gritty

*Photos are on my Facebook since they will not upload for some reason. Check them out, there are a bunch! Comfortable, confident and gritty were my three cue words for World Juniors this year. Last year was my first time going to world juniors and I was so overwhelmed and intimidated. This year I went […]

World Junior Championships in Romania!

World Juniors started off with a bang in Romania! With the lack of snow, the race timeline got moved up significantly. Believe it or not, I finished both of my individual starts before the opening ceremonies had happened. I think that the unusual conditions and change in race days played to my advantage because I […]

Last week in Stratton.

It is shocking that I am heading to Europe in only 2 days and my time at Stratton is over! Between exciting activities with friends and packing, my last week at Stratton was filled with a lot of bittersweet moments. I was really glad to see that winter has finally arrived. Although the skiing on […]

The Little Things

Pushing over the top of one hill, stretching after a workout, playing a game of basketball with friends, dialing in your skis, keeping your head up… these are all the little things that can make a huge difference in summation. Whether you do one of these things or not, it probably will not change the […]