With the team spread across two continents, training with the coach is catch as catch-can. The Red Butte Canyon Nature Preserve and Garden squeeze the trails at the edge of the University of Utah. Still, a cool set of trails off the Bonneville Shoreline Trail make for early morning runs or mountain bike rides.
Higher in the Wasatch Mountains, the Fourth of July parade was held, as only Utah would, on the third of July. The Brighton Loop parade is an unofficial event where the sheriff leaves for an hour while unicycles, bicycles, scooters, roller-skis, and trailers take over. The Fourth-on-the-third to avoid a-party-on-Sunday made for much smaller parade this year.
The SLNST skiers led off the holiday morning with Agony Hill’s evil twin time-trial roller-ski up the stunning Guardsman’s Road, a steep 1100 ft. roll up 2 ¾ miles of narrow switchbacks. While in Utah, come try to break 30 minutes at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Strength workouts included a maul and torpedo wedge for splitting 3 cords of wood for family and neighbors. Speed workouts included a bull moose.
The team’s annual pass at Soldier Hollow is back in use. First day on those Olympic hills is still scary.