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Lighting Safety and the Fab 5

By Emma Tarbath

Image and video hosting by TinyPicRolling out of the halfway point, the crew stepped up hours and intensity for the “hard” week. We got to do our first L4 session of the summer, which took the form of 4-5 times 4 minutes bounding. Thunder was rolling above throughout the intervals and lightening followed. Fortunately for me, the lightening came just as we finished the intensity, so I was able to book it down to the car and finish out the workout on the comfort of a spin bike inside. Most others were a little (a lot) more casual about the lightening, but I live by the mantra of if there is literal electricity shooting out of the sky, then I should probably, most definitely, not be outside. Maybe it’s too dramatic of a mantra, but I made it to 21, so I’ll call it good for now.

For July 4th, a few people headed to Sun Valley and Steamboat, but the majority of us stayed in town. We were able to celebrate by watching fireworks from Pete’s Hill or through admiring our neighbor’s efforts. We got back together again on Saturday morning for our second intensity session of the week. We got to do between 30 and 40 minutes of 30 seconds hard/L4 and 30 seconds easy, continuously. Despite, the 30 seconds “on” being hard, the overall feeling was more of a threshold workout because of the constant switch between hard and easy efforts.

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To close off the week, we drove out a little past Livingston to McKnight Peak to do a run/hike OD. On our way to the summit of 10,300 ft, we did a true scramble up rocks and boulders before making our along the ridge. The view was spectacular no matter where you looked, as long as you looked up. I made the mistake of looking down and seeing the steep drop-offs–not as welcoming as the blue sky. After the summit, we glissaded down the large fields of snow, scrambled up some more steep pitches, and ran back down to the van. To mark the end of the week, we stopped at Mark’s In and Out on the drive back to enjoy some well deserved pizzaburgers, cheeseburgers, and some peanut butter milkshakes.

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Moving into “easy” week, we are focused on recovering and absorbing all of the training we have put in the past two weeks. I have used my extra free time so far to learn about lightening safety, go to yin yoga where I pretty much pay to lay down, and watch a few extra episodes of Queer Eye. As Jonathon would say “Spray, delay, and walk away.”

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By Andrew Meyer   And just like that Nordic team collegiate has reached the halfway point of its’ summer training. Since the last post the team has been crushing the L3, working the core and getting some solid distance in there as well. Following Thursdays workout was a day of on your own training to explore new areas Bozeman has to offer. A good portion of the guys team, Elliot, Greg, Foss, and myself decided to hit the mountain bike trails with local expert Graham Branch. After a lengthy shuttle of cars and an overstuffed trip back to the top of the trail we began our hour long climb to reach the downhill we were all waiting for. Despite a few issues, like a twisting foot clip making riding nearly impossible for myself, the guys had a rowdy ride back down the canyon before a hardy dinner provided by Grahams…

DP intervals and CrossCut runs

We are about half way through our fourth week with Nordic Team Colligate and it was been a beautiful week in Montana. We started our week with a skate ski with speeds. We worked on our double pole start for sprints and fast downhills into a snappy uphill V2. Wednesday’s workout was my favorite. We did double pole threshold intervals in a quiet and fairly flat neighborhood outside of Bozeman and worked on skiing in a group. In the summer you don’t get an opportunity like this, so I was excited to practice drafting, catching and leading. This will be very helpful in our mass start classic races later on in the winter. Understanding how to draft effectively goes a long way. Summer training is typically fairly lonely so having the opportunity to shuffle around in a group and copy other techniques and trying out different strategies is very beneficial….

Jim Bridger Race!

By Elliot Ketchel We have just finished up our third week of training with the NTC. This past week was a bit of a recovery week after our hard week on week 2, so we replaced the intensity on wednesday with some specific strength and made the lifting workouts slightly easier. This allowed us to recover before we took on the Jim Bridger Trail Run on saturday. The Jim Bridger Trail Run was a roughly 10 mile running race that had about 2600 ft of elevation change throughout the course. The race started with about a mile of flat-ish running on the roads before it started on a gradual uphill single track trail. The trail went straight up a drainage into the mountains and crossed the stream a total of 4 times before turning and heading directly up the side of the drainage. This meant that a large portion of…

Exploring Bozeman

By Erin Bianco Going into our third week of training Nordic Team Collegiate has been able to explore some amazing parts of Bozeman. One of my favorite workouts from the past week was a double pole rollerski up to Hyalite Reservoir. We skied up a narrow road beside the river working on double pole and double pole kick. The view at the top was definitely worth it! For the Friday on your own workout, I went for a beautiful trail run with Renae Anderson, a skier for Bowdoin college. We started in the pouring rain and ended in the bright sunshine. It was a great opportunity to explore the many trails around Bozeman. In addition to these workouts we had a heavy week of lifting focusing on all parts of the body including core, leg strength, and upper body strength. Mountain Project is a great gym for our strength programs….

Big Week

By Greg Burt With the second week of NTC training underway, the team was in for a big week of intervals and long distance workouts. Starting where Olivia left off, Thursday started with a scenic distance double pole up Hylite Road. This road started off gradual and stayed at a fairly consistent grade up to the top. This took about an hour and a half to ski to the top, then came the long ripping downhill that took the remainder of the two hours to complete. In the afternoon, Conor, Elliot and I went for a short jog around the MSU campus just to shake the legs out.   Friday was a double OYO training day, which left a lot of opportunity for the boys to go out for a long shred on the saddle. First we went for an hour long run around the Bozeman bike paths scoping out…

Small Feats

By Olivia Skillings After a well-deserved rest day, the team met up for some classic speeds to kick start our high volume week of training. We had our second session of the day and enjoyed a lovely run up the M-Trail, which turned into more of a hike. With this afternoon workout came spectacular views of downtown Bozeman and fields of wild flowers covering the nearby mountains. These landmarks acted as distractions from the 80 degree heat and the uphill pounding of my sore muscles. On Wednesday morning we enjoyed some L3 skate intervals. The guys aimed for 40 minutes of on time and the girls shot for around 30 minutes. I was somewhat dreading this workout because I don’t particularly enjoy skate roller skiing, however, I was pleasantly surprised with how I felt during the interval session-maybe I will change my mind about skate roller skiing in the future:)!…

Lactate Tests and Snowy Bounding

By Nicholas Matelich,  First week of Nordic Team Solutions collegiate training in the books. Everyone on the team is getting settled into Bozeman and it’s a Gucci goofy gang! Pretty great people. Picking up where Sadie Peterson left off in last week’s blog, Friday found us doing a Lactate test in the pouring rain, in the Bozeman mountains. Personally, my testing started out with some Level 1 consistent skiing, ramping up to Level 4. The purpose of the test was to determine the level of lactate build up at each heart rate interval as well as to show us what heart rate intervals to hit in future workouts. The workout was exhausting but also satisfying and rewarding to be ski in the rain and test alongside coach Andy. Saturday was just as exciting as Friday.  In fact, even more exciting because it snowed 8 inches-and it was June 8th-and we got to…

TT’s and Pounding Pavement

By Sadie Peterson A group of college athletes based out of Maine to Minnesota to Colorado, and a few states in between, all traveled to Bozeman, Montana for a summer of training. We broke the ice over team dinner on Monday night and listened to Coach Andy lay out the general plan for the next eight weeks ahead. We are all stoked for a solid summer of training and exploring of the Bozeman area. The first morning of training started off with a quick jog to get the blood flowing, followed by a plyometric warm up to get our muscles ready for a speed roller ski session. We swapped shoes for ski boots and hopped on the pavement for an easy skate warm up before some V2 transition to V1 speeds, followed by some fast flat V2/V2 alternate speeds. On the uphill speeds we focused on quick and powerful movements…

Introducing NTC!

By Andy Newell  I’m excited to announce that we have officially started Nordic Team Collegiate training here in Bozeman, MT! NTC is a summer training group made up of 13 athletes: Emma Tarbath – MSU Olivia Skillings – Bates Sadie Peterson – Wisconsin BG Erin Bianco – Colby Marin Coletta – Colby Anna Fake – MSU Ezra Smith – CU Conor Munns – UVM Greg Burt – UVM Foss Kerker – Colby Elliot Ketchel – Bowdin Nick Matelich – St. Scolastica Andrew Meyer – UNH   My gaol in creating this program was to give college aged athletes an opportunity to come together and experience high level training during the summer months. Create a team atmosphere with athletes from all over the country who can help push each other, learn from one another, and have a blast training together for 8 week! In a lot of ways it’s a ‘training…