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Our first Team camp ended well. This was perhaps the strongest “team” camp we have had. Total volume ranged from 20 to 28 hours in the week with 2 L4 interval sets, 2 speed sessions, 1 strength, lots of km’s skied, and a championship game of Speed Ball. My biggest impression is that as a group we are more durable than we have been. It has taken 4 years of building base and aerobic capacity to get here. This year it looks like we are stepping to another level.

Here are a bunch of pictures, enjoy

E.Klaar climbing the south loop. This week a big step in skate efficiency with forward body position. Fun.

Mark Iverson training record km's this week. In between sessions keeping up with body work. Better recovery leads to better training.

It was good skiing.

Coaches working hard and helping by offering breakfast. Here Casey Fagerquist cooks up a hearty breakfast. As a staff we are doing what we can to make training effective.

Top of the South loop and 8 minute intervals. The girls team threw down some strong skiing.

Fitz (Kate Fitzgerald) in her 5th year at the glacier. Known for her tough training and straight forward approach. Kate was on the 2010 U23 WC team. (also known for taking the last cup of coffee, when Erik is next in line)

Weather rolling over the glacier...Beautiful and definitely Alaska.

Fitz enjoying the packed powder

Tazlina Mannix and Morgan Smyth working together. My favorite..."Stronger as a team". This way you can see where you are gaining and what you need to work on.

Katie Ronsse is sharpening her glacier know how. At her finger tip is a 150 ft Nunatak. The athletes at camp gain ski time and glacier experience. Real fun.

Student-Athletes...One of the best we have is an opportunity to train hard while working on our academics. At APU a full time student is able to take course load over 12 months so course load is light during critical fall and winter months. Our goal is to optimize training and academics.

Video. We focus our technique work to glacier camps. This gives us an opportunity to work on technique long before competition. Here in the picture lunch is wrapping up and a thorough technique session is getting rolling. This camps focus is position and impulse.

Good training. Good smiles. Training hard is fun.

A great camp. Taz Mannix at the end of her L4 session.

Swix VM...The Best glacier klister. James Southam tearing it up on the South loop.

Don Haering always enjoying the skiing and working hard. Here he leads Forest one of up and coming juniors. Both had big camps and skied really strong through the finish of camp. One more brick for a strong aerobic foundation.

Celebration. It was a great camp. By far the strongest I have seen our team. Everyone skied well this camp. I am excited for next month.