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Park City Camp – October

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

We just finished up our last training camp of the year in Park City. It was another 2 weeks block, like our camp in August, but this time there were significantly more people there besides just the APU team. Nearly every major club brought their full elite teams, plus there were a lot of individuals there as well. It had snowed a bit there before the camp started, but we were lucky enough to get really good weather.

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Driving to morning training at Soldier Hollow:

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The benefit of this camp was having the top 50-60 skiers in the country all there training together. It brings a whole new set of skills, techniques, and approaches that haven’t been seen when we are all spread out in the summer.

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Erik Bjornsen, Sylvan Ellefson, and myself. Post workout with Team Oakley:

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The falltime colors there were amazing. I loved the contrast here between the foothills and these snowy peaks:

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Homeade pizza:

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A couple minor storms rolled through, leaving small amounts of precipitation, but more impressive were their rainbows:

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A long run on the amazing Utah singletrack:

photo - David Norris

photo – David Norris

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Driving to SoHo again. Mount Timp above the farmland and pastures:

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Horse whisperer Lex Treinen bonds with one of the spectators at a workout:

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Looking over at another 9000ft ridge from our house… quietly waiting. Waiting for that legendary Utah powder to engulf it all. Things were silent this time of year, but they won’t be for long:

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It was a really productive camp. The training was hard, but that makes it worthwhile. I really want to take a second to say a HUGE “THANK YOU” to Zuzana Rogers, who is one of our pt’s from Advanced Physical Therapy. She came down with us to help keep our bodies from falling apart due to the training, and she was an immeasurable asset. Thanks so much Zuzana!

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Now I’m back in Alaska to ski on snow and make the final training preparations for racing. Yeehaw.

Fall Training and Hunting Season

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Since getting back from our training camp in Park City a month ago, I have settled back into the swing of the real Alaskan fall. For me, that means lots of hard training and hunting season. I worked a trip home to Fairbanks into my training plan, to do some moose hunting with my family. It was really nice to be home and hang out. I hunted hard with my parents for a couple of days, and unfortunately we didn’t end up getting a moose. I wish I had more time to dedicate to hunting, but I needed to get back to training.

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Out on a moose pond with my mom:

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Although we didn’t get a moose, I did end up getting a bunch of grouse, which are incredibly exquisite eating. The bag limit up north there is 15 per day, and this was the first time that I can remember actually limiting out.

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My brother Logan shot a very nice 53 inch bull the week before. He was hunting alone, and called it in by making bull calls with his voice, which is incredibly awesome. I am so proud of him, it was a beautiful animal:

photo - Hanna Gillis

photo – Hanna Gillis

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Training wise, these can be some of the most challenging weeks of the whole year, because the volume of training is still staying quite high, but the intensity comes up. When you combine those things, it makes for some serious load on the body. For the most part, we have had pretty good weather here, which helps you get through all those hard workouts just a tad bit easier. It has been crisp and you can feel the suns power slowly fading; the smell of winter wafts on the wind coming down from the mountains.

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Long threshold session, starting at sea level and finishing very high:

photo - Sam Sterling

photo – Sam Sterling

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Climbing, and more climbing, we go up some big hills, but there are definitely bigger ones around. North America’s highest peak back there on the right; that’s what 20,000 vertical feet looks like at 200 miles away:

photo - Sam Sterling

photo – Sam Sterling

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Last weekend I went fly fishing on the Kenai river for dollies and rainbows. It was a beautiful day on the river, and we were using egg patterns and beads from both a drift boat and the banks.

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My mom with a nice dolly:

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Me fishing from the bank:

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Being so late in the fall, the salmon run is pretty much over, and there are millions of salmon laying on the gravel bars. This makes it very prime eating for the grizzly bears as they prepare for the long winter. Salmon in different forms here; whole carcass, and then after being eaten, bear scat absolutely full of bones and vertebrae:

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My dad and I relaxing after a day of fishing:

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A few days ago, I gave a presentation about goals and myself as a skier to the entire Girdwood Elementary and Middle School, with my teammate Tyler Kornfield. We shared our experiences being elite athletes, and showed pictures about a lot of the things we have done and places we have been. It was actually really fun, because all of the kids were really into it and seemed pretty stoked to hear what we had to say.

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Some new fans!

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And lastly, I did a really cool workout earlier this week where I went for a long mountain run with my .22 tied tightly onto my pack, and got some ptarmigan at the highest point of the run. They are incredibly beautiful birds this time of year, with the pure white bodies and still the camo heads and necks. The weather was calm and just below freezing, and the late afternoon sun set on the peaks. It was a great afternoon workout:

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I will be traveling through the night on my way to Park City for the October U.S. Ski Team training camp, which starts on Monday. It should be pretty hard, but it will be sweet to have so many elite skiers together. I will definitely be posting pics from there.

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Thanks for reading!

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