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Glacier Camp – Photo Epic

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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The APU Elite Team just completed our first glacier training camp of the year. We had a small, incredibly focused group and some really, really good weather, both of which contributed to a very productive week. I wanted to try and tell the story of the week using as many photos and as few words as possible, so here is my June Glacier Camp Photo Epic!

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Waiting for the helicopters down in the Girdwood forests, Erik Bjornsen found a friend:

1 Erik Bjornsen APU US Ski Team

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Tyler watches as the big bird takes the first load of athletes up to skiing paradise:

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5 minutes and 6000 vertical later… the heli drops us, and then comes back with food and supplies:

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It’s all about training. Prepping the skis… its all about structure up there:

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Always more kilometers. More climbs. More strides. More breaths. Holly putting lots of hay in the barn.

5 Holly Brooks APU US Ski Team

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When your lungs are heaving and your muscles burn, it sometimes helps to look up:

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Keeping up with it all… eating. Sadie enjoying what may be the nicest window-sill-to-eat-cereal-on in the world:

7 Sadie Bjornsen APU US Ski Team

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Mastermind, motivator, inspiration. Erik Flora lives and breathes skiing. Tools of the coach’s trade:

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The better your skis are, the further you ski. Pete making some tweaks:

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We are, for the most part, the only significant living organisms in that glacial island in the sky. One guest, blown in from some greener clime and sunning in what must seem like vast, eternal white plains:

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Hours spent in heavy exertion, baking under the sun, thousands upon thousands of calories being converted into massive amounts of mechanical energy. The remnants of the engine’s heavy work remain:

11 Erik Bjornsen APU US Ski Team

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To maintain that workload, day in and day out, takes… work. Tyler rolling some of the soreness out of the muscles:

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And sometimes, you’re just too exhausted to even do that. David summoning energy:

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Fuel. Fuel. And more fuel…

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The camp exists for work. Us athletes go up there to do lots of one kind of work, and the whole operation is supported by other people doing a different kind of work. Coaches and support staff, and sponsors, are 100 percent essential.

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Erik Flora. Mike Matteson. Dylan Watts. Don Haering. Taz Mannix. Calisa Kastning. Alaska Pacific University. Carlile Transportation. Conoco Phillips. Alpine Air. These are just a few key pieces in a puzzle that has thousands more. None of us could do it without the others. Thank you all!

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Don, keeping things running.

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I hope you liked the pics. Thanks for reading!

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If you’d like to see more pics from the camp, check out Holly’s blog, which has some awesome photos HERE.

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Spring Training

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Wow, it has been sooo long since I blogged. We started back into pretty serious training about two months ago. The first bit of that was the Bend camp, and although I had a great time and thought it was very worthwhile last year, I decided not to go this year. Instead, I just stayed in Alaska, because the skiing was so good here. It was fun to put in a lot of hours of training crust skiing in the backcountry.

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Here, Eric Packer climbing up into the second valley of this 4 hr ski:

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A couple weeks ago, we started in with official team training, which has been awesome. A lot of the group came in pretty good shape and motivated, so we have been getting after it. Which means rollerskiing… and while its always a bit of a bummer when you have to switch from snow skiing to the pavement, there have been a couple of things that have made it more enjoyable than normal. First, the weather in Anchorage has been ridiculously nice, so that always helps. Second, I have been using Woodski rollerskis, which are a really quality ski with great snow-like feel, that are incredibly affordable. You can check them out here. I have been really impressed with them.

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And third, I am loving these new Toko rollerski gloves. They have proved to be incredibly cool and breathable, which is nice so that my palms aren’t sliming around in my sweat-drenched straps like they used to.

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Other than that, is been mostly about logging lots of hours and k’s.

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Mountain running with Holly:

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Rollerskiing along the coast in Homer:

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This week is our first glacier camp of the year. The elite team will be focusing on distance and honing our technique on snow. It should be both fun and difficult. I will definitely be posting with some cool photos from the glacier soon!

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Thanks for reading!

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