Springtime at Weston

Springtime at Weston

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


In a long-awaited post, here are the results from the orienteering session two weeks ago!  Sorry for such a delay.  But now you can know the winner!  

Keeping in mind the penalty (10 points for every minute overtime), the results are as follows: 
1. Allie and Izzy 56:03 (180 points)
2. Tyler and Jordan 1:04:52 (210 - 50 = 160 points)
3. Alex's friend Dean 56:47 (120 points)
4. Claire 56:03 (110 points)
5. Violet and Lydia 1:03:32 (150 - 40 = 110 points)
6. Natalie and Ella 1:04:53 (80 - 50 = 30 points)
7. Kate and Andrea 1:24:00 (140 - 200 = -60, but, this was organizer error, when the organizer picked up the controls early and they lost 20 minutes searching for a control that was no longer there. So, Kate and Andrea will be reinserted without the 20min penalty, and thus end up with 140 points, in 3rd place).

Apologies to anyone who was affected by my shoddy organization skills - hopefully next time I can recruit a helper to make this sort of event run even more smoothly!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TBT - Rob in the Glory Days

Found a couple of good slides of Rob.  This is from the 1984 CSU rollerski race that John Hart put on somewhere in Newton.  Nice Bell Helmet Oven for the head (most of the racers weren't wearing helmets yet), 3 wheeled Roletto Touring classic skis (if you tried skating on them the clip holding the back wheels on would fall off and you were in deep trouble!)  Nice moustache.  Also Bob Haydock and former CSUer John Eldredge.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jungle gym strength

We had our first session at the jungle gym tonight.  It's tougher than it sounds.  I didn't take any photos, so this video of our workout will have to suffice.  The video provided a fine workout for the J2s, but we'll need to figure out something tougher for the older kids...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jackson's Excellent Adventure in the Andes

Jackson Hardin took a trip to Peru this summer.  Here is his report:

Around Midmorning we, my mother and I, left for the airport. Two flights totaling about 8 hours got us to Lima Peru, where we spent the night in an airport hotel. The next day we truly began the trip driving through Cusco city and to one of many acclimation hikes at about 10,000 feet above sea level. This one, like many others, followed a trail leading up, and through, a set of Incan ruins terraced into the side of a mountain. The trip included many hikes such as this, two through Machu Pichu itself. Towards the end of the trip we left for a final trek, which started at 9000 ft. ended at a little over 13,000, the camps being somewhere in-between. With these adventures and numerous stops to encounter local food and culture this trip was a wonderful way to see, and experience the Peruvian Andes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Test Results from Summer Camp 2014

We had two big timed events at camp.  First was an agility test.  Second was a time trial of four repeats of skating up a rolling hill.  Results are below.  What do you need to work on?


Chris 1:47, 1:44
Lewis 1:43, 1:41
Gavin 1:48, 1:48, 1:47
Leah 1:55, 1:53
Jacob M. 1:53, 1:47
Max 1:41, 1:42
Talia 1:58, 1:57
Will 1:52, 1:47
Zoe 1:52
Julia K. 1:55
Jacob J. 1:54, 1:52, 1:55
Katrin 2:09, 2:05
Tyler 2:13, 2:11, 2:15
Julia H. 2:25, 2:15
Ella 3:12, 3:55
Lily 2:35, 2:19
Lydia 2:33, 2:36
Izzy 2:09, 2:04
James 1:52, 1:45, 1:44, 1:45
Janelle 1:56
Jeanne 2:06, 1:59
Hanna 2:42, 2:32
Emma 2:49, 2:47
Becca 2:29, 2:10
Allie 2:22, 2:16
Madeline 2:38, 2:37
Kevin 2:10, 2:05
Gabby 2:18, 2:20
Oliver 1:48, 1:44, 2:08, 1:43
Emily 2:21
Isaac 2:13, 2:14, 2:10
Joey 2:20
Phoebe 2:17, 2:15

Skate TT presented as a picture of the results.  Let me know if you want to type it into a spreadsheet that will total the times...

Final Camp 2014 Report

Best Camp Ever!

Don't worry, this is just a drill!
After doing core and swimming at Lake Dennison State Park several campers volunteered to be subjects in a training drill for the lifeguards.  Below you can see Zoe after being "rescued" and pulled from the water on a backboard.

While the lifeguards drilled, our boys Will and and Lewis filled in as temporary guards.

Safety first (helmet, reflective vest), but when you go hard in rollerski intervals, sometimes you fall down. Ali took a hard crash and drew some blood.

Coach Dorcas Wonsavage educated the campers on the local flora.

One of the joys of summer camp is the many hours of unstructured time.  Although campers would like to have even more of it.  Nice to be "rich in sunny hours and summer days and spend them lavishly" as Thoreau said.

Thank you to coaches Dorcas, Kathy, Audrey, and Chris.  Thank you to all junior counselors.  Thank you to all parents for supporting this camp.  We made excellent progress on technique and fitness and had lots of fun.  Tentative dates for next year are July 6 to 11.  I will post agility test and skate interval time trial results very soon.

See you next year!

Coach Rob

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CSU Summer Camp Mid-week Repor

Tonight (our third night here at the Winchendon School) we worked on Visualization and Imagery.   Since the school is located in the center of an 18 hole golf course, we stretched out on a tee to visualize the perfect race.

After our visualization session we repaired to the cafeteria to enjoy some skits put together by the athletes.  They were extremely amusing with arch commentary on over-indulgent parents and the over-reaching of the Patriot Act.  Apparently, it is a clear sign of terrorist behavior if you steal Wood Skis.

It was good that we had plenty to keep busy this evening as the previous evening a few campers couldn't resist breaking curfew.  They ended up wiping down tables and doing dishes as penance today.

In the morning we did a long distance skate ski on the quiet roads of Rindge NH.  The weather was much drier after last night's thunderstorm.  In the afternoon, we did some quality classic technique work.

Yesterday we spent the morning hill-bounding on Mt. Watatic.  We stopped at the summit for a team photo.