Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mt. Wachusett Uphill Run Test. 

August 26, 2012

The really tough kids came out to see how much they had improved their fitness over the summer.  We were rewarded with perfect weather: temps in the 70, bright sunshine, and over 60 mile views from the summit.

Max LaChance       15:20
Nate Moreau          15:50
Sean Skahen           16:36
Lewis Nottonson     17:19
Trevor Owens         19:12
Hank Yoder            20:46

Hadley Moreau       20:51
Carina Wallach       21:15
Meg Yoder             21:32


Sean (too fast to capture on camera)







Saturday, August 25, 2012

Julia DPs on the Baltic

Gunther sent this photo of Julia working hard in Germany, double poling near the Baltic Sea: 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday core

Friday core is lots of fun.  You should come.  I took some photos to prove my point.

This may have been the skipping station.  It's also possible that Maggie was playing at being a dead bug.

Supposedly, these girls are doing telejumps.

The guys, meanwhile, invaded the playground.  

Sean is just monkeying around.  That was one of the official exercises...

Then Lewis started pole dancing.  Not an official exercise.

Oh no! don't take a photo of me!

Also not an official exercise.

We get creative at Friday core.  It's pretty awesome.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Here is the perfect sticker arrangement on a ski box:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

There's hardcore, and then there's Friday core

It's the time of year where we do some hillbounding before core on Fridays, and last week was a doozy.  With a tornado watch in effect, we figured we'd be able to watch the tornadoes better from the top of a big hill, and 20 foolish souls turned out for what ended up being a super quality workout in the driving rain.  Luckily, we saw neither tornadoes nor lightning, and most skiers got in 4 reps, some masochists going for 5.  Then, because we're all about having fun, we did our strength workout in the grass, in the rain.

People wonder how skiers from eastern MA get so tough...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Littleton Skate

Another murky and grossly humid summer's day to dream about a cool, dry winter's day.  Since my ski shaft broke, I had time to catch a few photos of the action.

Corey between Alaska and college joined us




Chris also heading back to school soon


Maddy and Clara


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Doro's Report from the European Masters B-Ball Champs

We have now played for 6 days at the European Basketball Championships for the Masters in Kaunas, Lithuania. There are so many men's and woman's teams here playing on a real high level (about 140 teams), just how I like it.

My team, the German National team over 45, has been so busy with 5 games that I just now find time for a report.

We started off playing against Latvia, and after the jitters were gone (we were down by 8 points), we won the game by 5 points. The next two games we run our two opponents out of the gym (Finland and Czech Republic), yeah, the secret in any sport is fitness and toughness!! We had the fast break going, flying down the court.

In the meantime Latvia beat the Russian team that had denied us the Gold last year in the World Championship, by 5 points.

So we started to focus on our game against Russia since we now had to beat them to make it into the Finals. Poland, our opponent before the Russians had lost several games. So my teammates were out very late for players night and on top of it drinking that night. To get to the lesson we learned right away, we took Poland too light and did not prepare how one needs to prepare for any competition. I got very angry when we were down 10 points at the end of the 3rd quarter and with extra energy I pushed my team to a 1 point win in the 4th quarter, shooting a 3, getting 2 steals with fast breaks and drawing an intentional foul with 2 big free throws. I had shot the free throws badly so far in the tournament, but knocked those big ones down.

The Poland game was a big wake-up call for my team, and we got away with "a black eye". Things often happen for a reason, and my team was more than ready for the game against Russia (lesson learned!). That team had beaten us every year including last year in the finals of the World Championships in Brazil. Everybody rested the evening before, and we came out on fire leading by 17 points at half time, and beating them by 12 points at the end. It was our energy, focus and fitness that our opponent could not match. That team had won the Olympics 20 years ago (a few players from that team were of course missing by now). Looks like the German woman stayed in much better shape...

It was a huge win for us for 2 reasons: We finally beat the team that had never lost, and we will play in the Finals for Gold today against Latvia today.

My basketball friends are following our games on live ticker online and I get game reports the minute I come back from the games in the hotel. Yes, with modern technology one cannot hide: