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Cali Camp

Friday, June 29th, 2012

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Every now and then, I think it’s good to get a little break from the norm, whether its in training or just everyday life. This summer, I am taking a little block to train outside of Anchorage and spend some time with the fam.

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The first week of this segment called for a little family reunion in the California Sierra’s… Nothing like millions of acres of hot, dry grassland, red rock, and cows dotting the hills to give a little break from Alaska. Although not your typical ski training locale, I love going to these kinds of places, for at least a short while, and putting in the hours. Its exotic enough that you are always excited to go training, because you get to revel in how out of place you feel.

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And then there’s the good ol’ American culture, which could possibly be defined, in its entirety, by a single institution; In-N-Out:

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And I pretty much did the old altitude training routine totally backwards. I trained high and slept low, which isn’t exactly textbook. Here, riding way up above Bear Valley at nearly 8500ft:

photo – Logan Hanneman

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My Suunto t6d reminding me just how long this singletrack descent is going to be:

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But it’s amazing how quickly multi-hour long rollerski workouts go by when you are on good roads that you have never skied, and will likely never ski again:

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And as long as there’s a big body of blue water nearby, you can always cool down. I actually think waterskiing should count as specific strength. All those back, shoulder, and lat muscles get a real working over when you can cut like this. Logan getting nasty:

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It’s pretty much just ski until your forearms give out… and it’s not too hard to know when that happens. You will know, and at that point, it’s time to climb in the boat:

photo – Logan Hanneman

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In many ways, the roadside produce stand mirrors the In-N-Out model; bulk, cheap, and quick. Although in the other end of the health spectrum. Truckloads of corn:

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Now Im headed back to Fairbanks for a couple of weeks. I’m excited to get back to some of those staple workouts that I grew up on, and to kick it at home (real home) for a bit.

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Thanks for reading!

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Glacier Camp June

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

I just got down last night from the summers first training camp on Eagle Glacier. With this winters epic snowfall, we were excited to see what it would be like up there this early; would we have to tunnel in? Would it be powdery? Any apprehension was for naught though, as the conditions turned out to be super, super good. We had some amazing skiing and weather, at least for the training week. A whiteout snowstorm moved in on the last afternoon of camp, and we ended up waiting another day until we could fly out.

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I never get tired of this bedroom view:

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With most of the Elite Women partaking in next week’s NAWTA camp, there was room in the camp for a bunch of juniors, which made it really fun. There were athletes from different clubs and different parts of the country, and I was so impressed with how much training those kids were doing. Awesome!

photo - Sarah Cresap

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Every way you turn, there’s always something to look at on those 3hr skis:

photo - Sarah Cresap

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The junior girls pack putting in the kilometers:

photo - Sarah Cresap

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Part of the group getting a pep talk from Flora before throwing down some L4 intervals:

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Fuel baby, fuel. Coffee cake:

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Now we are just training in town for a few weeks until the next on-snow camp. I’m stoked to maybe get to train with Aino Kaisa Saarinen for a few days before she goes up there with the rest of the ladies.

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Thanks for reading!

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