August 7th, 2011
Dumping! That’s what it’s been doing here for the last 30 hours. Maybe dumping is a bit of an overstatement, but we have had about 6 inches of the white stuff come down in the last day or so. Anyway, any amount of snow is a lot amount of snow for August. The brown spots are gone again, and patches of blue sky are beginning to reappear… just in time to begin training hard again tomorrow after a day off today.
We did some speed work with the Canadians yesterday… went well. Any day you get to go head to head with world champions is a good day. I’m not feeling particularly fast right now, but we’ve been kind of expecting that with the recent focus on volume over the last two months. In other words, I’ve hardly done any top-end speed work since March, so it makes sense that I’m feeling a little draggy when I try to shift into that top gear. It will come again soon, and when it does, I’ll have a ton of really good volume base under me to support the speed over an entire day of sprint heats.
I’m missing home a little bit. Being here is awesome, but I always get a little homesick about a week into a trip to another part of the world. At least the company, food, and training couldn’t get much better. That helps. Looking forward to getting back on my bike in the Utah sun in a couple weeks. Here are some pics from the last couple of days. If you want to see some real shots, check out nccsef.org for some awesome updates by Pete V. from our camp. While you’re there, take a gander at the nccsef’s goals and inspirations. I don’t think you can argue with the fact that xc development in the U.S. needs attention and allies, and nccsef is a great way to tap into this.