Springtime in February

Springtime in February
photo: John Raguin

Thursday, September 29, 2016

TBT - CSU at Putney

I found this great old CSU and friends photo from some relay event most likely, at the Putney School.  I'm guessing, based on the age of Alex and Kip Weber that this is about 1996 or so???  Can anyone name all the skiers?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Climb to the Castle 2016

Several CSUers made the long trip to Lake Placid for the 10th annual Climb to the Castle rollerski race.  This race goes up the road on Whiteface mountain that climbs 3,000 feet over 5 miles to a castle built back in the Depression by the CCC.

Coach Rob took Jackson, James, and Oliver in the Cadillac of minivans on Friday to the luxurious EconoLodge.  Hannah and Madeline Rieder came with their mom Joan.  On Saturday James and Jacob arrived as did Erik and Gabby Vandendries bringing along Bill Rieders.

On Saturday morning the boys and Rieders and I hiked Cascade mountain.

In the afternoon we spent a couple of hours in "study hall" at the Lake Placid library overlooking Mirror lake.  Then, it was off the to the Jumping Complex to get a tour from Henry and Alex as they were also in town for the weekend doing jump training.   We couldn't stay long enough to watch Henry fly off the K90, but I saw the video and he nailed it!

After a beautiful day on Saturday, we woke to rain on Sunday.  Stopped by race time at 8 AM and we just had damp roads for the race and some fog and wind at the summit.  CSU put two out of three on the podium as Hannah won, Madeline was 3rd, and Gabby was 5th.  Nice work, girls!  The boys also all had solid races.

In the afternoon the sun came out and the minivan crew had an epic adventure crossing Lake Champlain on the ferry.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Louisa May Alcott 5k

CSU took on the Louisa May Alcott 5k this weekend, and we had a lot of good races. We did a good warmup together, and watched the storm front come rolling through with a lot of pretty intense weather. It must have dropped 10 degrees in three minutes, which made for some really nice racing temperatures. We ended up collecting a lot of medals for various age class awards, headlined by Jacob winning the overall race, and Hannah and Madeleine tying for first women. Lots of great cheering by Frank, Tyler, Joan, the Appleby's, and more!

Missing several skiers, sorry!

Uta Pippig, a famous runner with a great smile and attitude toward running who won the Boston Marathon three times in a row, was on hand to give out all the awards! It was a real pleasure to get to run with her. 

They gave Madeleine the first-place medal, but she tied, so...

She shared the medal with Hannah!

Jacob won the 5k outright!

Laura was third in the U18 class

Gabby was 2nd in the U18 class

CSU moms taking home the medals! Jane Anna and Hannah took second and third in their age class!

Chris was third in the U18 class

Henry won the U18 class

Erik (Gabbys dad) won the 10k outright!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

CSU Summer Training Camp 2016

Coach Amie reports from the field: 

Sunset over Winchendon Golf Course - our view out the dorm

Selfie on the road - Pinecones doing the OD skate 

Elizabeth and Coach Rob roller skiing

Group photo on the golf course!

Classic OD double pole roller ski

Specific Strength 

Rob takes the annual title away from Amie in the 2016 Coaches mini-golf tournament ~ and Kathy and Dorcas both score holes in ones!  

Group selfie on the Wapack Trail!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CSU Girls Sweep Mt. Washington U20 Podium

What is so rare as a day in June?

The weather was perfect for this year's run up the auto road on Mt. Washington.  The air was cool and dry, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, there was no wind at all, and you could see for 90 miles.  Almost 1200 runners made the run this year climbing 4800 feet in 7.6 miles.

After the CSU boys took first and second in the U20 division last year (Lewis and Will), the CSU girls decided to put on a show this year with all five entrants making the top ten and in the process sweeping the podium.  Hannah Rieders was first, closely followed by sister Madeline, then training partner Gabby Vandendries.  A non-CSUer snuck into 4th, but Talia Seltzer grabbed 5th and Izzy Cole 6th.

Bravely defending the boys' honor was Jackson Hardin, who trained for the race by sitting down and pulling on an oar all spring.  He completed the race well, but next year might do a few training runs longer than two miles.

Thank you to CSU volunteers assisting at the finish line and providing rides down the mountain after the race.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Western MA adventure weekend

Some of us headed to western MA last weekend for a change in scenery. I think it was a weekend well spent. Tyler, Emily, Ella, Linden, Elizabeth, and coach Alex and Emily's dad Jeff convened in Savoy for a rollerski, in some perfect weather. We were joined by coach Perry and his crew of Abby, Adam, Aiden, Ian, Brandy, and one other guy whose name I forgot already. It was a perfect day for rolling, bright and dry. Two crashes and a little blood, but no tears.

We don't have road shoulders like that where we come from. Or pavement like that.

Next stop was a swimming hole in Adams. Ian showed that he's a pro at flipping off of ledges, doing gainers, front flips, and some twists. Tyler, Ella, and Emily all tried flipping, and got the hang of it pretty quick. The water felt awesome after a hot ski.

We stayed the night in the yard of the Taylors, who live in Williamstown. Their son raced against Lewis back in the day, and they were some of the most generous hosts I've met. We had quite the hammock city going on, as well as a pile of tents. The Taylors have a sweet fire pit. We took advantage of it and had some s'mores!

But the day wasn't over yet... we took a short walk to the hill behind the Clark Art Institute, and after some exploration of the local trees (pretty good for climbing), we did some yoga. Very relaxing.

Our yoga venue was the top of this hill.

We got some pizza after the yoga, and the pizza place was perched next to a river. Second dip of the day!

Sunday dawned hotter, and we headed over to the east side of Mount Greylock for the Mt. Greylock trail race. There were two options: 13 miles, or 5k. Alex, Jeff, and Tyler did the 13 miler, and Emily, Ella, Linden, Elizabeth, Linden's mom, and Elizabeth's parents all did the 5k. As far as I know, everyone survived, and there were no tears. Then we got ice cream, and headed back to the land of traffic and narrow roads.