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Tuckerman Inferno

I raced the Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon yesterday. The race consisted of an 8.6 mile road run, a 5.5 mile kayak…

Posted by Kris Freeman on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Telemark Ski Pond Skim Attempt

  Skim Pond action from this afternoon; Kris Freeman sending it on tele skis!! A fantastic Luau Saturday – and we’ve still got a few more days left to enjoy. Tomorrow we will send up the final High Country double chair EVER; be sure to join us at the summit tomorrow as we bid farewell to a legend. We are closing midweek Monday through Friday 4/9 to 4/13, and will reopen 4/14 and 4/15 for a final weekend of shred! THANK YOU for an amazing season!! #watervillevalley #lastrunluau #pondskim Posted by Waterville Valley Resort on Saturday, April 7, 2018 drink The Waterville Valley pond skim did not go as I planned today. I was on Telemark skis and the impact from the five foot kicker did me in. Thanks to MyOmnipod and Dexcom for making water proof devices. #GoPro Lilly Diabetes Posted by Kris Freeman on Saturday, April 7, 2018…

Tour De Ski Start Rights (updated)

Updated status of Tour de ski Roster Athlete,  Erik Bjornsen, discretion accepted Paddy Caldwell, discretion accepted Simi Hamilton,  discretion, accepted Andy Newell, Shaftsbury. discretion, accepted Scott Patterson, discretion declined Noah Hoffman, rejected WOMEN Sadie Bjornsen, objective, accepted Rosie Brennan, objective, accepted Sophie Caldwell, objective, accepted Jessie Diggins, objective, accepted Kikkan Randall, objective, accepted Ida Sargent, objective, accepted Liz Stephen, discretion, accepted Chelsea Holmes, Rejected Tour de Ski Start Rights Tour De Ski start rights are given to US skiers that are ranked in the World Cup top 30 in either sprint or distance at the end of period one, or via coaches discretion.  These discretionary start rights have become a controversial topic because the Olympic Team is named at the close of the Tour.  US athletes that are ranked in the World Cup top 50 in either Distance or Sprint after the final day of the tour earn an Olympic start…

Thirty-Seven

<img I turned 37 this month. On my birthday, my coach told me that since passing my prime years I had done a decent job of maintaining my fitness. Then he told me that I had entered a new phase where I would no longer be able to maintain my physical conditioning and that I would literally wake up every morning just a little bit worse off than I was the day before. The positive news was that I had a huge fitness base to watch erode away and that I can remain at an elite level for a few more years. If that sounds incredibly mean and insensitive you should never work with my coach. I like the (tongue in cheek) straight story and that it why I have worked with him for most of my career. One of the surest signs of age has been the decrease in…

Great Interviews

Noah Hoffman recently interviewed the CEO of USSA, Tiger Shaw, and the Vice President of Athletics, Luke Bodensteiner. Noah asked revealing questions that both Tiger and Luke answered with surprising openness. I have many disagreements with USSA strategies but I always have respect for direct communication. In my opinion Luke and Tiger were extremely forthright in these interviews which is a welcome change from the opaque answers that their subordinates often use to camouflage controversial policies. Both interviews are about 50 minutes long but nearly all of the questions are pointed and the answers are informative. For better or for worse, listening to these interviews gave me a clearer understanding of where XC skiing fits into USSA’s priorities. I highly recommend listening. Luke Interview Tiger Interview

Tough or Stupid

At its most basic, training is stressing the body in a specific way to make the body adapt and become stronger. Stressing the body is often not a pleasant experience. Maximal interval sessions are painful by nature, over distance workouts are intended to deplete the body beyond what is normal, and weather and outside forces always have the potential to make workouts more difficult. I have been training between 700-1000 hours annually for the last 18 years. The consistency of my training relies on my willingness to get the work done despite fatigue, minor injury, and inhospitable weather. Pushing through minor obstacles is proof of dedication and toughness. However there is a line between tough and stupid that I have always had a tendency to cross. This line could also be described as a barrier of diminishing or even negative returns. Even when my body or the climate has been…

Stelvio II

Training has continued to go very well on the Stelvio glacier. The MWSC, Noah, and I are staying at the Livrio Hotel at the foot of the glacier which allows us to ski out the door each day. Though isolated it is easy to take the tram down to our van and drive down to lower altitudes and civilization. Here are some pictures of me running through Bormio. href=”http://blogs.fasterskier.com/krisfreeman/files/2013/09/Run.jpg”> The food is better than one would expect at 10,000 feet but only three meals a day is a little light for xc skiers putting in up to five hours of training a day. Will Sweetser has been making frequent trips to the grocery store so that we can have five meals. I’m pretty sure that Noah has been eating about half of the food that Will buys for the six athletes he is supporting. I witnessed him eating an entire…

Stelvio

I am currently training on a glacier in Stelvio Italy. The training loop is about 5k long with the high point at an elevation of 10,900 feet. The air is thin up here but the skiing has been good so far. I was on multigrade hardwax for both of my classic sessions and my skate skis were gliding fast on the Fischer P1-1 grind. The visibility has been hit or miss but the sky is supposed to clear soon. I have never trained this high for an extended period and I was curious about how the high altitude would affect my insulin sensitivity. My altitude experience has been limited to traveling from sea level to as high as 7000 feet. When I have transitioned to these altitudes in the past I have always had to up my insulin doses by at least 20%. I speculate that my body treats the…

Ride Aroostook

This Weekend I drove back up to Presque Isle Maine to take part in the Ride Aroostook bike tour which benefits the children’s diabetes program “Camp Adventure.” I have worked with this camp on two occasions, going for a downriver canoe and participating in a run and shoot biathlon relay race. I was impressed with the organization and ambition of the camp. Ride Aroostook is a two day bike tour that is advertised as being 150 miles total (by my measurement it was 62 miles the first day and 70 the second). I decided that it would be fitting for me as an Olympic skier and type 1 diabetic to roller-ski the event in order to drum up more donations and draw more attention to Camp Adventure. I skated the first day and really enjoyed the well marked course that hugged river beds and meandered through rolling potato fields. The…

Top Notch Triathlon

I raced the Top Notch Triathlon in Franconia NH this morning. The unique race starts with a six mile uphill Mt Bike. This is followed with a half mile swim across Echo lake to the base of Cannon Mt. The last leg is a run/scramble up the alpine trails to the summit. I set the course record for this race with a 1:06:05 in 2006. That year the course was dry as a bone and the Mt bike was ripping fast. This summer has seen more rainfall than I can ever remember in New England. For good measure there was a long thunder shower last night that completely saturated the trail. Setting a new record in the muddy conditions was going to be a tall order. Fortunately another very talented competitor, Ryan Kelly, raced today and we pushed each other hard. Ryan is a more practiced and technically better rider…