Wild Rumpus Sports

Busy Schedule

I have had a busy schedule recently but it hasn’t kept me from keeping a high training load. After spending two days on the road visiting diabetes camps outside Chicago and Greenville North Carolina I got right back into a hard block of training.

Press release from one of the camps http://www.henriettapost.com/features/x1602164697/Olympian-Kris-Freeman-shares-story-of-hope-with-kids-with-diabetes

July 26th AM 3 hour skate with 15 speeds
PM 30 min classic with 1:30 strength

July 27th AM 2 hour classic with one hour L3 building to race pace (see video)
PM 2 hour run

July 28th AM 4 hour pursuit OD (two hour double pole followed directly by two hours skating)

I took the 29th easy and now I am entering a four day training period with 20 hours scheduled. Saturday I will race in the “Top Notch” triathlon which is my favorite multi-event. It consists of a six mile hill climb MT Bike, a half mile swim and a run from the base of Cannon MT to the summit.

Training in Maine

A few weeks ago I had a good camp in Presque Isle Maine. There were two focal intensity workouts. The first was a one hour threshold skate with 8 two hundred meter sprints meant to simulate preems. It felt like I was skiing on a closed course with all the cones and signs Sweetser set up for the workout. Russel Currier set a good initial pace and we switched off leading throughout. Welley put up a good fight in one of the early preems. The second intensity was a 6×5 min threshold bounding workout that Welley joined me for. I didn’t know that Presque Isle had a quality bounding route like the one we used. Overall I enjoyed my training in Maine. Rollerskiing through rolling farmland was a particularly nice change of pace. The new restaurant in town that serves quality espresso was nice surprise as well. L3 with Preems…


For the past eight years I have spent a few weeks each summer visiting summer camps exclusively for kids with diabetes. My first visit of this year was in Presque Isle in June. I joined the campers while they spent the morning learning to shoot at the Nordic Heritage Center biathlon range. I took the opportunity to fire a biathlon rifle for the first time and hit my first two targets before missing six in a row. A week later I spent three days on the road to attend camps in Memphis and Nashville Tennesse before swinging over to Casper Wyoming. The following link is a youtube video of a segment for the CNBC TV show “dlife” that was filmed during the Naitonal 50k in Craftsbury. The clip does a good job of showing what I do at the camps I attend. It sensationalizes a bit when it says that…

Off Day?

Today was supposed to be an easy off day for Hoff and I. However there is a severe lack of stimuli in our isolated lodge, so we convinced each other that going for a crust cruise was a good idea. We headed out to climb the mountain that dominates our view every morning at breakfast. starting the ascent continuing the climb still going up Hoff on top Sketchy traverse The roundtrip crust cruise took a little over two hours. It was the most scenic ski I have been on in years and we only got lost once.


I went home for three days after Bend camp and then traveled to Norway to ski on the trails in Sognefjell with Noah Hoffman. The Norwegian national team arrived a day later and we have been invited to train with them. They have been very generous, helping with waxing, video, and technique examination. The weather here has gone back and forth between burning hot sun and blizzard like conditions. Close to a meter of snow has fallen since out arrival five days ago. Soaking in the sun while I can post 20k threshold Lodging is very “hostel” like. We stay in bunk rooms with communal bathrooms and showers. The food is excellent though, and we are treated to five meals a day and a never ending supply of strong coffee. The Norwegian plan we have followed… June 3rd, Am Norwegian team arrives, PM 2.5 hour skate 4th, Am 3 hour…


The team and I went on a two hour Mt bike a few days ago. While working to chase down Simi and Noah, I hit a rock with my chainring so hard that it jolted me out of my pedals. My feet skidded to a stop and then what was left of my big chainring slammed into the back of my calve. Fortunately the accident had no impact on my training. My leg was sore and I will have an awesome scar but I rode home with no problem and skied pain free for the rest of the camp. I skated 3.5 hours with Hoff this morning while inserting about ten twenty second sprints into the ski. Tomorrow I fly home where I will train for three days before heading to Norway.

PPP coverage

The Pole Peddle Paddle is definitely a big deal in Bend. The race took up the first page of the sports section for three days in a row and claimed space on the Front Page the day after the race. There were also two news broadcasts in the evening. http://www.ktvz.com/sports/31087040/detail.html http://www.ktvz.com/news/31088492/detail.html I enjoyed competing in the event. It took a lot of energy though, as preparation took three afternoons in a row. Andy Fectaue from Rebound physical therapy helped me practice using the equipment that he put together for me. He also shared the techniques he developed for fast transitions from his own racing days. I have recovered well and enjoyed mixing it up with my teammates in a skate sprint relay yesterday.

Back to Work

After a great vacation in Hawaii I got back to work with five solid days of training. Then I flew to Park City to continue testing new insulin protocols. Surfing was more fun.


Seiser Alm

The team and I headed to Seiser Alm after the tour. We are staying at the Panorama hotel which sits on a snowfield with a 12k loop of perfect hard track skiing. I had zero energy the first few days I was here but now I am feeling like myself for the first time all season. Yesterday morning I skied 40 minutes at threshold which was the first intensity I have done since the tour. I felt strong and rested which gives me a good feeling going into next week’s races in Otepaa.