On Friday morning, after doing a set of bounding natural intervals over the NCAA race course with the kids who didn’t come to Aspen and seeing Michaela off to Lake Placid for the NEG camp, we packed up the van and drove to Aspen high school where we ran a short 30 minute course preview of the next days 5km race course.
Saturday morning we raced under the snow covered Maroon Bells. The RMN juniors were led by Mike Vigers, (Boulder) and Julia Hayes (Summit). Our team was led by Max Scrimgeour for boys, and Emily Hannah for the girls. Some solid time improvements for the kids who did this race the year before and good to get in a hard effort with other skiers from the region.
While the athletes were taking a nap, the coaches met and finalized the RMN race schedule and Junior Nationals qualification criteria
In the afternoon we got out for a 2 hour double pole on the bike path that goes from Basalt to Aspen. This long bike/rollerski path is a fantastic training option. It was interesting to note the discrepancy between athletes’ running results from the morning and how things spread out in the PM double pole. As a whole, the SSWSC athletes were much stronger in double pole compared to their peers, but we were definitely a little behind when it came to running capacity. This gave us some good feedback and we will alter the training plan over the next few weeks to improve our capacity in the running department by adding several more bounding intervals, or striding if we have snow.
AM 2hr roll skate with an emphasis on V2, V2 alt
PM: 2hr level 1 run on Sunnyside trail
Monday morning we do a 2*3km time trial skate up the road to the Maroon Bells before heading home to Steamboat.
Word on the street is that there is some snow up on Rabbit Ears pass, so we will hopefully be skiing on snow soon!