Friday, August 26, 2011

Corey on Fasterskier!

After her trip to the glacier in AK, interviewed Corey about what it was like. Here is a link to the article:

I think it's a really great step for the USST to have this national training group, because there are so many positive benefits for athletes to work with different coaches and ski with different skiers. Also, skiing on snow in the summer is wicked cool. Very nice article, and thanks again Corey for sending us so many blog updates so we could live vicariously through you!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Corey's Glacier Adventures - Part 2

When we were not skiing or sleeping, we were eating! Each night a different group of girls would prepare dinner! Here is my crew!

Becca Rorabaugh, Jessie Diggins, Kate Fitzgerald, and me (repping CSU )!

One morning, we did skate intervals. They were very hard but being in such a cool place with such a great group of people made them fly by!

Here I am trying to hang on to Chandra Crawford.
Kikkan ripping out some sweet pullups in the strength room!

The whole group!

We eventually had to leave the glacier :’(, but when we got down we decided to go camping for a night in Seward, Alaska. Here we are camping in the base of an empty riverbed!

Left to right: Chandra, Ida, me, Liz, Jessie!

Kikkan brought us on a crazy difficult hike up Mt. Marathon and we were constantly using our hands to help us up. It was a blast!

Me, Kikkan, Ida, Liz, and Jessie trying to find our way down a cliff.

Left to right: Kikkan, me, Ida, Jessie, Chandra.

And not only was this a fantastic experience but also I made some amazing friends! Here I am with Liz Stephen!

See you all soon!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Corey's Adventures on the Glacier!

I am back from an AWESOME week on Eagle Glacier! There is a house on the edge of a cliff where we stayed and then on the other side is a glacier where there is an 8 km loop for us to ski on. On the clear days we could see the whole loop from the parts of the course, and on some of the foggy days we could barely see 10 meters ahead of us!

Here is a photo that I took as we drove to the base of the mountain on our first day.

The red circle on the top of the cliff is where the house is! Pretty cool!

We took a helicopter up!

There I am in black on the right getting psyched for my first helicopter ride ever!!

Liz Stephen and I enjoyed the spectacular views as we gained almost 6000 ft in about 5 minutes!

The view out of a window in our bunk room! A little different from the view out my window at home!
The first day we arrived it was legitimately snowing and I was so excited. The next couple days it was raining and very foggy but then when the sun finally came out it was truly spectacular! And not only were the views amazing, but also I was skiing with the best female athletes in America!

Chandra and I went outside the first night that the clouds parted and we could see the beautiful mountains that we had no idea existed!

On the nice days I used everything I had not to stop every 5 seconds and pull out my camera or just stand and look at the views in awe.

We worked on a lot of distance training and it was super cool to hop in behind these tops skiers and try and match their techniques.
Pretty cool photo!

The girls are SO friendly both on and off the tracks and it was so fun to be living 24-7 with such a cool group of women!

Me and Kikkan before one of our distance skis!

(To be continued)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another Photo of Cate

I haven't found any photos of Zoe or Hamish in action yet, but here is another nice one of Cate in the uphill time trial out in the Sun Valley J2 camp. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Julia - Adventures in Italy

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to train with the Sci Club Livigno Ski Teamin a small town named Livigno in Northern Italy and explore the possibility of taking CSU to train there next summer as well. This town is at an altitude of around 6000ft which makes training there a bit difficult, but very rewarding. They have a 14 mile loop of roller skiing trails and incredible mountains for hiking and hill‐bounding.  Although the roller‐skiing trails are mostly flat or undulating (with some hard uphill sections, if desired) , the kids on the team often wake up early in the morning and ski up the Forcola mountain pass that is about 4 miles long to do some uphill classic training. This is the only skiing they ever have to do on roads and early in the
morning there are hardly ever cars.
The Forcola mountain pass

While we were there we happened to see Petter Northug skiing around the roller ski trails, which was so cool. He was going to fast but it looked so effortless!  Northug is the one in the blue, relaxing on the way back

We got a chance to look at some housing possibilities and we were able to find a bunch of apartments that are a short distance (sometimes a few feet) from the trails.
One of the possible houses

One of the roller skiing trails, lowers left hand corner

The view of the valley from the houses was amazing and in the morning you could throw on your boots and skis, walk out the front door and start training where some of the national teams train, which I thought was pretty awesome. In addition to XC ski races a subset of the skiers in the club also do biathlon, so the team there does a lot of shooting training. Lucio Zini, one of their coaches (in the picture) was a national level athlete in this specialty.

They were good. I mean, really really good. I hadn’t ever seen people seriously training for a biathlon and I was very impressed. 

They let me try as well which helped me understand just how hard it is to shoot at such a little target from so far away.

Towards the end of my stay there I ran a race called the Stralivigno with another girl from the team named Vania Zini. It could be run as a half marathon or as a two person relay. Vania ran the first half and I ran the second half. We were able to come in second among the women. It was a really hard race but all he kids on CSU could definitely handle it and it would be a great way to finish up the training camp.

The kids on the team were so welcoming and I think it would be so cool for CSU to have the chance to get to know and train with skiers from a different part of the world. The group’s attitude reminded me so much of our team and their training was very similar to ours. The area was so beautiful and the food was fantastic. The Livigno Sci Club coaches (Lucio Zini, Aldo Confortola and Antonio Bormolini) are very good, helpful and nice. I think CSU would have a blast if they came to Livigno and could benefit so much from the extensive roller ski specific trails and incredible mountains. See the picture below taken from a high ridge ridge between 9000 and 10.000 ft along which you can run.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cate at J2 Camp in Sun Valley

Nice photo of Cate running the uphill time trial from the J2 Talent Camp out in Sun Valley