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Catching up

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Well, I thought it was about time that I got caught up on all those things I’ve been meaning to do:

– A blog about the Whistler Camp with the USST: I had a great camp this year with my US teammates and all the other athletes that came and trained in Whistler at the beginning of September. There was such a good energy amongst the group and I really enjoyed the opportunity to train together. We did a bunch of great workouts, including L3 intervals around the sprint course with a fast finish (we took turns leading), a classic sprint time trial (a good hard reminder of how challenging that course is, but also a boost of confidence that we know the course so well), multiple speed and distance sessions, cool runs on the endless mountain bike trails, and finally a skate distance time trial on the access road in the pouring rain, a very fitting closure to our camp. The next time we see the venue will (hopefully) be the Olympic games!!

Training with the girls during L3.

Training with the girls during L3.

Pack mentality.

Pack mentality.

– Team bonding in Tofino: Following our camp in Whislter, I had a great experience with the team in Tofino. Some of the highlights included: a night of old fashioned entertainment (jokes and storytelling) by the bonfire, a wicked double-pole interval session where I tried my darndest to hang on with the boys, and a sweet 3 hour run through the trees and along the beaches. Most of the group went surfing, and I’m kicking myself a little that I didn’t go. Overall I was really impressed by the dedication of everyone, both athletes and staff, in terms of their own preparation for the season. But also everyone’s commitment to supporting one another and the goals of the team.

Surfing in Tofino

Surfing in Tofino

The beach was awesome

The beach was awesome

– A quick stop in Chicago: Together with Andy Newell and Kris Freeman, I spent a couple days in Chicago at the USOC Media Summit. We spent two full days taking photos and doing interviews. It was a great chance to educate the media on all the fun and exciting details of our sport. Some of the photographers had some interesting ideas as to how we should hold our skis and poles in the pictures. We had to tell them numerous times… we would never do that!

Setting up for a photo with Sports Illustrated

Setting up for a photo with Sports Illustrated

– Back to home base: After three weeks on the road, it was nice to return home for a break. But, not right away! I still had one week left in my training block, so I got right back at it with some testing. The APU team has been doing this testing throughout the summer so it was fun to see where I compared to my former self. It was a hard couple of days, but I came through it with some solid performances and a good gauge of my body’s status. Then I finished off the week with a rollerski race, 7km classic on mostly rolling terrain. I led from the start and tried making surges to drop the pack. It wasn’t until the last 2km that I was finally able to get a small gap. I won with Laura Valaas 2nd and Katie Ronsse 3rd.

The boys racing.

The boys racing.

Photo by Wayde Carroll (www.waydecarrollphotography.com)

Photo by Wayde Carroll (www.waydecarrollphotography.com)

– A Recovery Week: The rollerski race concluded a solid 7-week training period, so it was time to enjoy a recovery week. I like recovery weeks for the physical break of course, but also for the break from the twice a day training schedule. I can finally catch up on all those meetings and tasks that I haven’t been able to fit between workouts. It’s been busy. I have to remember to rest and recover too.

Taking some time to relax.

Taking some time to relax.

So, that should have me all caught up, at least for now. About six weeks to go until I take off to Europe for the start of the season. I have decided to stay at home during this time and get a really solid block of training before “game time.”

Happy training everyone!

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