Friday, June 27, 2014
Day three at Regional Elite Camp. Above Bryan Fish, USST Development coach, demonstrates bounding technique to the east's best juniors. He emphasized how we can work on basics on foot and translate them to skiing.
In the morning, as you can see below, we did a beautiful two hour double pole rollerski along route 9N by a beautiful flowing river. After our workout we jumped in the river for a cool down.
In the evening, Nathan Alsobrook, coach at Bowdoin, delivered an excellent talk on developing speed for skiers.
We're having a great camp at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid. Great weather and great training!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday we did a speed test. V2, no pole, and double pole, for a short slightly uphill distance. This is a nice test, because it really points out which area of your skiing you need to focus on most at the moment. Nice work to everyone! And no blood today, that's a good day. Results are below the photos.
Receiving instructions. Look at all those well-trained safety skiers with both wheels on both skis off the pavement when they're stopped!
Mr. Bossman gives the instructions.
Gavin in the no pole
Leah no pole.
Dedicated timers, braving the hordes of mosquitoes.
Hannah takes off
The J2 line-up
Artsy? or just bad photography.
Check out the nails on Katherine!
Amie found some Toko deodorant in Rob's backpack. Seriously Rob, you thought you needed some emergency purple stick wax in June?
Clara, double poling faster than my camera could keep up
Jacob and Lewis, doing one extra speed.
The first-year J2s did technique tonight, that's why they're not in the results.
Speed Test 6/23/14
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Ben Smeltzer Excellent Norwegian Adventure
Here's a report from CSUer Ben Smeltzer who is now studying in Norway:
I wanted to send along a hello and share some of my experiences from over here in Trondheim, Norway, where I have been living for the past 10 months as a Master’s candidate in Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). So far the experience has been incredible, I am happy with the academic program, and the university has a very vibrant student life with a massive sports club (NTNUI). I am a member of the ski section, which I think has the highest membership of any sport! There are many fast skiers, and 4-5 group training sessions per week which are very high quality. A lot of skiers race some of the long distance classics, and the club has an incredible sponsor arrangement which allows everyone to be reimbursed for a good part of the entry fees and transportation to these major races, making doing these classics affordable to students! You can check out our webpage and blog here: http://org.ntnu.no/langrenn.
Theski culture here has been pretty cool to experience: rollerskiers everywhere in the offseason, skiers walking through the city center in ski boots catching buses up to the nearby trails in the winter, and the occasional shirtless Petter Northug on the tabloids. Following the Olympics was also pretty sweet: there was a long studio discussion over whether Randall or Bjørgen was the favorite in the sprint, a wax-tech on the front page of national newspapers after Norway’s alleged waxing fiasco, and broadcasters calling sprint finishes with the enthusiasm of a vintage Joe Castiglione calling a walk-off Red Sox win.
I have been trying to learn Norwegian, but have not had space in my academic schedule to fit in a formal course yet so have been learning on my own. As a result, I have a rather niche vocabulary - I realized the other day that I learned the words for stuff like V1 (‘padling’), V2 (‘dobbeldans’), etc , before other basic things like colors! And some of the first basic conversations I had were on the ski trails, discussing how the wax was working. I am getting better gradually, and hope to try to speak as little English this summer as possible!
The winter around Trondheim this year was unfortunately very dry with little snowfall, but I still managed to get lots of great skiing in. The first highlight of the season was racing a relay leg at Norwegian nationals in Lillehammer on the world cup trails. It felt like a world cup - they were all decked out with video cameras on the courseand sponsor banners. I had briefly checked out the profile before coming, but hadn't paid much attention to the y-axis - this 10km course had 400m (~1300ft) of climbing on it. The climbs don’t look so long and steep when you’re watching WC’s on TV!
Going into the race, my team's main goal was simply to finish (not get lapped). It turned out we had plenty of minutes spare, but doing the math before it seemed like it might be tight depending on how fast thelaps were being skied. I was the anchor leg skier (skate leg), so my plan was to hammer the first lap pretty hard to stay ahead in case it was close. We had fun joking about the various situations that might arise if things really came down to the wire - me sprinting to get to the lap as the likes of Petter Northug bore down on national TV heading toward the finish!
I tried to focus on skiing my own race, but it was tough not to be a little bit intimidated seeing a number of World Cup skiers skiing the legs, and bumping into Northug as we were both getting loose near the exchange zone, knowing his resume skiing anchor legs! I was pretty pumped up when I got the tag, and as a result skied like a madman for the first couple k's. On this course this was suicide and I really paid for it! Still, it was an awesome feeling sprinting down the homestretch in the stadium (even if the cameras were more focused on post-race interviews than me at that point).
The NTNUI girls made some headlines though, with the 12th place performance of our first team, as well as a bit of controversy with one of our teams wearing old-school traditional skirts in the race. An executive of the national team was a bit displeased, but the skirts garnered Northug's approval - when asked in an interview he replied that he hoped more girls would wear skirts during races, and that perhaps he would join in on some training sessions with NTNUI (sadly, he has yet to show up).
I had planned to race the Birkiebeiner, but sadly it was canceled the morning of due to high winds on part of the course. We nonetheless skied out on the first 20km or so, which was incredible skiing. Many spectators were still out there picnicking anyway, and cheered us on as we skied up the 15km long climb at the start (tough especially with a 3.5kg pack, but at that perfect grade for striding). The skiing in that area of Norway is absolutely unbelievable – I returned for a weekend over Easter to Sjusjøen and was blown away with the many hundreds of km’s that are accessible. The terrain is relatively gradual and flowing, most above treeline on the vast expanses of tundra.
All this has got me very excited for next winter. I am hoping to race a couple of the ski classics – I’m officially registered for the Vasaloppet. So it’s time to start getting out and putting in some serious km’s double poling! Good luck to everyone at CSU with summer training, hope to see some of you out on the trails when I am back in the states over Christmas.
NTNUI enjoying some early November skiing in Bruksvallarna, Sweden.
January in Trondheim
Lillehammer stadium during Norwegian nationals
Grinding it out on one of the many climbs during the relay.
Tracks near Sjusjøen
Skiing on the Birken trail
A pause during some awesome crust skiing
Sunburned faces on the last day
Crust skiing near a trail network a 10min bus ride from my apt.
Downtown Lillehammer from the top of the Olympic ski jump
The parade on May 17th (National independence day)
A hike in some nearby mtns in Mid-May, shoulda brought skis
Spectacular Reine, Loften from a recent trip
Sunday, June 22, 2014
CSU at Mt Washington, 21st of June 2014
A little after six in the evening we, (Conner and his father Pat, Isaac, Kevin, Gunther, and I), piled into Gunther's van and left for New Hampshire. After spending the night at Kathy's brother's vacation home with the running crew that had arrived before us, again thank you for letting us stay, we met James and Barry Kitch at Pinkham Notch and set out. We hiked up to Lions Head and then to the summit at a fast pace to catch the CSU'ers running the mount Washington road race. From the summit we descended to Lake in the Clouds for some delicious chile, and coffee. Finally we summited mount Monroe and then hiked across the ridge on a small "detour" from the path to the Booot-Spur trail. After a long decent we again reached Pinkham Notch and climbed in the car for a leg stiffening ride back home.
There were many CSU athletes that ran the Mount Washington Road Race recently, but there was also a small group of coaches, parents and kids that did a hiking mini traverse of the mountain area. We left from the Pinkham Notch visitors center and “speed-hiked up to the summit via the Lionshead trail, just in time to see the first CSUers come through.
Tuckermans still with snow fields
The first president in the clouds, chilly at the summit.
the hiking crowd
at the finish line of the race
CSU volunteers did a great job. It was 70 in the valley
Rob finishing strong
Rob Jackson, Kevin and Isaac
Chris you are it!
Meg with a big stride at the finish
your only guides in the many whiteouts
a lsat view back up from Boot Spur trail
still energy left to split some big rock. It is called now split rock!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Sonya at D1 Champs
I got an email from Jacob Jampel late today that Sonya was running the 4 x 800 at the D1 meet in Andover, so I hustled up the hill with camera in tow. Newton N. finished 3rd in the event. Here are a couple photos of Sonya in her other athletic life, going third on the relay.
|Chasing after the hand-off|
|Lap 2, starting to hurt|
|Full Pain Face heading to the next hand-off|
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