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Methow Valley

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I spent this past week in Washington state’s Methow valley. I was there with my family for a family reunion, which my parents thought would be fun after visiting the area in the winter.

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Between all of the activities associated with the reunion, I managed to use the week as a good little training camp. It is always fun to go somewhere brand new and to be constantly exploring on every workout. I had some good advice on places to go from my friends Erik and Sadie Bjornsen, and Sam Naney, who have all spent a lot of time in the area.

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It was really hot. 90s and low 100s the whole week, which is nearing unbearable for an Alaska boy like me.

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Swimming in the Columbia river in Wenatchee:

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I am incredibly lucky that my family loves to be outside and do all sorts of sweet adventures together. I really enjoy my time hanging out with them. My brother, dad, and I cooling off in the river:

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The Methow is known for its trails and terrain. We did a lot of mountain biking on some of their sweet trails. I got in a long, solid ride almost every day in addition to my ski training.

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photo – Logan Hanneman

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Riding with my cousin Bryan:

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photo – Logan Hanneman

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Did I mention it was hot? Like, body core-temperature way-too-high type hot. Logan and I found this secret local spot with a huge rope swing on one of our roller-ski workouts. Needless to say, we hit this up multiple days:

photo - Logan Hanneman

photo – Logan Hanneman

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The amount of fresh fruit this area produces is impressive. It appeared that a good portion of the economy revolved around the production and distribution of nature’s sugary goodness, and you better believe we took advantage. Roadside fruit stands every mile… sweet!

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Logan walking along the tracks, ear-plugging in anticipation of that earth shaking horn the precedes the thousands of tons of transcontinental cargo:

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It ended up being a really great week, one spent with family and also getting to train on all new roads and trails. I think the heat was actually a good thing, as it will help me be better accustomed to it when we have a very difficult training camp in Park City in late August.

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Morning visitor.

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On Monday, we will start our second glacier training camp of the summer up on Eagle Glacier in Alaska, which I’m sure will be very challenging but hopefully also very productive. I will most definitely be making another photo-intensive post at the conclusion of that camp, so check back in!

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Thanks for reading!

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Also, big thanks to my brother Logan and my cousin Bryan Romero for their photos. You can check out more of Logan’s pics at his site HERE, and more of Bryan’s pics at his photo site HERE. Those guys both do some sweet stuff!

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photo – Bryan Romero

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Training, Couloir Video

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

After the last glacier camp, which capped off a pretty serious 3 week block of training, I took a recovery week and headed north to Fairbanks. It was really sweet to hang out there, lay low, see some friends and family, and celebrate the 4th in really nice weather. It’s always super fun to chill out at the lake and get some good water time in. Water skiing, stand-up-paddle boarding, jet skiing… they all make some great alternative strength workouts too.

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Getting one of my few yearly sessions in… My rule is to just ski until my back gives out and I cant hold on anymore, which is really not too long when you only go a few times a year.

photo - Logan Hanneman

photo – Logan Hanneman

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I also did a downriver canoe race with my dad. My family used to spend a lot of time paddling, but I never raced. My dad however, used to race quite a bit back in the day, back in his ski racing days, so he was nostalgic about this  one. We borrowed a racing boat which was sweet. I approached it as a hard workout, and just sat in the front and laid down the power for an hour plus. Luckily my dad’s skill and experience kept us in the fastest water and we ended up winning. It was a hoot!

photo - Tucker McCrerey

photo – Tucker McCrerey

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I made the trip to Fairbanks with my good friend David Norris. While at his house, I noticed what has to be the shortest pair of Swix Stars in the world. Talk about stiff and light. His nephew must get incredible power transfer with those:

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I returned to Anchorage this week to start up another segment of heavy training. We have a really awesome group, who are all very motivated, so that makes it very sweet. You can read an overview of the APU Elite Team and the new members HERE.

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The weather had been great. Lots of workouts in the sun, and for all of the running and bounding, that can mean dust. Hours on the trail.

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There is going to be a lot of hard training in the weeks ahead, so I should have something to post about.

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I wanted to post this video that I finally put together, of a backcountry day earlier this spring. This was in May, and the snow was still unbelievably dry, deep, and stable, so we skinned in 2 hrs, bootpacked 2 hrs, and then skied this really sweet 2000ft+ couloirs. It was an incredible day.

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Thanks for reading!

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