Mt Washington Road Race

Mt Washington Road Race
Hannah, Madeline and Gabby go 1-2-3 up Mt. Washington in their age group

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Alternate racing on Sunday

CSU-X was truly divided up last weekend - the third chunk of the team ran in the Brookline Day 5k, close to home. Ben, Milo, Hannah Parker, Noah Baumann, and alumni dad Erik Vandendries all ran. Erik led the pack for CSU with a blistering sub-19, followed closely by Ben, first in his age category and 8th overall! Milo had a solid run, in 17th. Owen ran the kids' 1k, and was 14th, while Hannah was 5th in her age category. Nice going all!
Owen showing off his cheering whistle (I bet it sounded better in real life)

Ben post-race

Monday, September 25, 2017

Holdenwood Trail Run/Climb to the Castle

CSU-X divided forces last weekend, with half at the NYSEF Climb to the Castle, and the other half took on the Holdenwood Trail Run. It was hot and sunny, and times were pretty slow considering the weather and the hills.

Thanks to Shiela N for taking all the photos - great to have a race photographer on hand!

Also racing, but not in the photos, were Jamie Doucett, Jody Newton, Sue LaChance, and Chris Doyle, with Jody Sue and Chris all running the 10k!

Linden demonstrating the proper water-over-the-head technique for hot days

Alex in the woods. This course is so pretty!

Nice mid-race shot! 

Alex and Madeline coming up to 2 miles

Barry showing great forward lean

Linden approaching the finish. Is he stopping his watch early?!?

Pat cruising to the finish

Madeline was the 3rd-place woman! 

Francesca recovered well from a trip and a fall in the beginning (with the entire pack running into her), and then some bee stings. Ouch! Nobody said it was easy to build resilience :)

Kevin racing one of the Ayer-Shirley kids to the line

Climb to the Castle
We had a hearty crew head to Lake Placid for an uphill rollerski race this weekend. Rob, Kathy, Maile, James, Oliver, Jacob, Henry, Alex, Kate, and Laura all made it to the finish line, which is no small feat considering that the finish line is on top of Mt. Whiteface. Rob will hopefully post more photos, but here are the results: 

Oliver and James led out pack, with Oliver having a fantastic race to finish first U18 and 4th overall. 11 seconds would have gotten him on the podium! James was 2nd U18 and 5th overall, in a solid showing. Henry was 6th U18, Jacob was 8th U20, and Alex was 10th U18. Rob was the first M7, and 5th master overall. He is probably very proud of beating Kathy, even though it was only by a few seconds. 

Kathy was the 6th woman, and third master. Laura was close behind, as the first U18, and Kate was third U18. 

Well done to all of you!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wachusett Uphill Run

Gorgeous weather for an uphill run workout yesterday. We all did a thorough warmup, which just happened to get us to the top of the mountain, then reconvened at the bottom to get started. Super thanks to our timers, Chris Daly, Shiela Niedeck, and Tod Niedeck (and possibly more that I missed).

This is not the time of year to be setting big PRs, as we're all coming off some heavy weeks of training, and with school just starting, a lot of the skiers haven't been sleeping an ideal amount. It's worth recognizing that when you don't run as fast as you want to, there are a lot of factors at stake, and they all need to be considered! So, think of this as an ode to all of you who left your summer homework for the last minute, and then had to borrow energy out of the recovery funds.

And whether or not you were faster than May, this workout is an excellent way to make you faster in the winter. Congrats to everyone who got to the top of that hill with a good honest effort! (and those U18s, you lucky ducks, got to do it twice :)

James  Kitch  14:26
Jacob  Jampel  14:41
Linden  Niedeck 15:53
Ben  Buchheit 15:59
Lucas  Daly  17:40
Dante  Vetrone 17:52
Heiner  Baumann 18:06
Madeline Kitch         18:12
Barry  Kitch  18:16
Laura  Appleby 18:54
Alex  Jospe  19:09
Kevin  Telfer  19:13
Francesca Kitch  19:43
Eva  Baumann 19:48
Robert  Watt  20:18
Jane Anna Chapman 21:11
Katy  Graddy  21:55
Milo  Song-Weiss 22:12
Brian  Telfer  22:21
Hannah  Parker  22:51
Kathie  Watt  25:50

Monday, August 28, 2017

August Adventure Weekend Mt. Mansfield Vt

The girls gone wild weekend.  5 CSU Juniors trekked to Vt. for a final summer surgical training spike mixed with some new turf to traverse.  The following photos detail some of the high points.

It's Saturday so time for an OD skate up and down Pleasant Valley.  The juniors liked it last year so we tried to beat their experience with perfect weather.  Awesome ski albeit I imagine the Mansfield racers were all incented to ski too far.

The skiers finished by skiing to this terrifically refreshing swimming hole outside of Jefferson where the team quickly decided it was time for lunch,
Post lunch cards were followed by a trip to the Lake Waterbury Beach where the CSU Flotilla in 4 boats took to the mountain lake.  Two boats paddled part way around this very long lake while the girls explored a few coves and took in the views.  A big cookout followed to close out Sat.

The girls stuck together opting for the early long hike up the Mansfield ridge, to the top of the race course in time to catch Rob and the first runners up the mountain.
Noah Hoffman shows why he is on the US Team by beating all the mountain runners, flatland runners and other skiers by over a minute.  

Rob getting ready to hammer the end of the course.  Little does he know the CSU cheering squad is about to force him into the final kick with .2K to go.
Moriah helped drive the team in her van through the mountains so the girls gave her a final boost near the summit.  The CSU runners all finished well way up on the standings given 384 finishers.  Chris was 21st Jim 56, Rob Oh so close 4th in his age group and 67 overall while Moriah finish 145th.

Onward to peak bagging where the group went across the Mansfield ridge from the Forehead across the Chin to the Adams apple.
Dining after the hike was at the famed Bingham falls, which is unique swimming hole consisting of a dozen pool many of which are carved into the stone by the stream in deep holes that are surrounded by shear faces that are up to about 50 feet.   We made the girls watch a French Canadian crew test out their proposed jump while the downed a 2 course formal serving while sitting on a big rock.  Kate took it upon herself to start senior year early and led the way into the abyss.  (Note to parents - the big cliffs were off limits, but I was assured there are no rocks on the low perches.  Still a thrill.)

Phoebe shows off her gymnastic form.

Shea shows off her classic technique technique with great kick and long stride.
Rose is unimpressed by the younger team and shows them while a huge leap is fine, but hey can you walk on water?  Seems she either has an amazing ability to take advantage of surface tension or she really must have some special ability. 
Eva says, but wait I can fly.

A last swim into the falls, some watermelon back on the deck and the long return drive by Kate for another successful CSU adventure.  To think we still like to ski more than summer training.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

July Adventure Weekend

July's adventure weekend was pretty sweet. We met in Campton, and started with a nice rollerski up towards Waterville Valley. Then we went searching for a swimming hole along Smarts Brook, which we did eventually find after a short rainstorm. Gotta shower before you get in the pool.

Smarts Brook swimming hole. 


Matt is king of s'mores-making. Because we didn't have graham crackers (oops), we used Ben's home-made banana bread instead, or Laura's home-made chocolate cookies. Both inventive and delicious.

We camped at Tripoli Road, and a nice meal at a Mexican restaurant fueled us for Sunday's adventure. We started by stashing some cars along the Kanc, then rollerskied from one trailhead to the next, where we started hiking. We jogged over the Tripyramids, and the group split at Downe's Brook trail, with some heading down from there and some continuing past Whiteface and Passaconaway. Then back to the cars, for a quick swim, some ice cream, and home.


Up Pine Bend trail. Nice to be on a little-used trail. Not much traffic other than us.

South slide. Could see lake Winnipesaukee from here today.

Kate sleeper trail. Get it?!?

Ridge between Whiteface and Passaconaway was cool, but not too many views. Definitely a sharp ridge, it just happened to have trees on top.