Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quick Alaska Update

Our week of dryland training in Anchorage has come to a close. The girls head up to Eagle Glacier for a week of snow skiing while the boys arrive in Anchorage today for their week of dryland training before heading up to the glacier when we come back down. We had a really solid week of training down below, but I'm looking forward to flying up to Eagle and getting above the rain, clouds, and mosquitos. The weather actually hasn't been terrible, but we did have a couple days of rain and haven't seen too much sun. I have seen three bears and some moose though! As we were heading to bed two nights ago, a mama bear and her two cubs were in our driveway, so we all scrambled to the window in our pjs and sleepmasks to take about 70 blurry iphone photos of the bears. I guess it's not such a novelty when you live here, but I don't have bears in my backyard everyday at home, so I was pretty excited. I didn't take many photos from the week, but hope to be a better photographer on the glacier this week! We will have limited internet access, but I'm sure we'll be able to send a few updates back down to earth.

The mosquitos have been pretty bad, so this was Liz's solution to keeping them off her back during our run

Our awesome PT Zuzanna had us over for dinner one night and allowed us into her kids' playroom...

post ski smiles on top of Hatcher Pass (Erika photo)

View on Hatcher Pass

Mama Bear and her two cubs outside our window

Erika and me skiing up Hatcher Pass (Matt Whitcomb photo)

Caitlin digging into our Huevos Rancheros

Mama moose and her two babies outside our window this morning

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Heading to Alaska!

I'm currently in the Chicago airport on my way to Alaska for our US Ski Team glacier camp! We will be doing a week of dryland training in Anchorage before heading up to Eagle Glacier for a week of training on snow. My phone is telling me Anchorage looks a little rainy this week, but I'm going to ignore that and keep my fingers crossed that the weather turns around for us. I chose not to go to Alaska the past two summers, but this year I felt I was ready and I'm looking forward to seeing the girls and getting in a lot of good hard training. The past few weeks of training in Vermont have been great, but we've definitely been experiencing the eastern heat and humidity. We're usually soaked by the end of each training session, but luckily we have a lot of swimming holes to cool down in right after working out.
Stratton snowmaking pond
I hopped into my first rollerski speeds last week after injuring my elbow in May. Even though they were only with one pole, I was so happy to be back doing one of my favorite workouts.

Annie H keeping me company by giving the one poled speeds a try

KO and Annie H practicing a start

Jessie and Annie P
I had another x-ray on Monday and was finally cleared to use two poles! It feels great to add my right pole and even though I still have some work to do to get my range of motion and strength back, it's good a start. This also means I can start lifting with my upper body again. It's nice to be back in the gym, but it's been a little discouraging not being able to do some of the basic exercises that used to feel easy. Time to even things out!
One pole skiing has made my left side a little bigger than my right side
It was Ben Saxton's 21st Birthday last weekend, so we had a birthday celebration for him consisting of some of his favorite foods: sloppy joes, maple bacon chips, slaw, corndog muffins, and a caramel corn cake.
Happy Birthday Ben!
Fourth of July weekend flew by, but I was happy to be able to spend it with my friends and family. Parker and Hannah are back east for a couple weeks, so I've been spending a lot of time with them, and we went to the Osgoods' 4th of July party on the evening of the 4th. They hosted a wonderful evening bringing a lot of close family and friends from the Putney area together.
Chris and Mary Osgood

Zach and my Grandma Hep
Always fun to see Parkey T!
My cousin Lucinda, brother Austin, cousin Paddy, and me with Peter Graves and Grandpa on the 4th
Time to go catch my flight, but the next update will be from Alaska!
Coach Patrick showing off our new summer tanks courtesy of the T2 Foundation

Leroy cooling off with some coconut gelato

That's the sign of a good back scratch

Posing with a beautiful pillow with a picture of me skiing in the Olympics made by Laura Megroz

One final beautiful Vermont morning

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Buns of Steel and Beautiful Vermont

Buns of steel, thighs of thunder, tired it what you want, but that's been the name of the game for the past couple weeks. Our last week of training culminated in a 3.5 hour combi workout that consisted of two hours of skating followed by an hour and a half run. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and I got to spend it with my awesome teammates, but I had some tired legs by the end of the ski. This ski ends in about 30 mins of steep uphill and what kept me going was Pat driving by asking if my buns were burning and encouraging me by telling me how strong my legs were going to be. I've been doing a running and skating focus since I hurt my elbow and training is going really well, but my legs were definitely ready for an off day after last week. 

After a bit of a rainy start to the summer, the last week or so has been beautiful! Some of the highlights included a trip up to Acadia to rescue my sister and Dave who were stranded there after their car broke down, a Girls on the Run wrap up and preview of a video that the SMS media class did a wonderful job putting together, our first Summit Sisters hike, swimming (or dunking) in various bodies of water around here after workouts, AND getting strong legs. The biggest downfall of the past week was a nasty rollerski crash Annie Hart took the other day. She has plenty of road rash to prove how tough she is, but it's one more reminder to wear a helmet, dress in bright clothing, and to be a little extra cautious when we're out skiing. On the bright side, she joined me in one pole intervals this morning since she scraped up her left side pretty badly. We probably looked pretty funny skating as hard as possible while she was only using her right pole and I was only using my left, but it works! 

We've been doing 30 mins of agility before each of our strength workouts with the SMS and devo kids. We mix it up between skating, classic, and foot agility and I think everyone has been getting a lot out of it. Here Annie, Erika, and I chase a couple of the devo girls through a foot slalom course. 

Girls on the Run wrap up. Thanks T2 Foundation and Skida for the pretty headbands! I can't emphasize enough how cool I think this organization is. These girls are really important to me and it made me happy to see a handful of them at our Summit Sisters hike. Click HERE to see the video about the work Erika and I do with Girls on the Run.

Bunny ears with Hilo, Ada, and Serena

Coach Pat hopping in a ski walking interval with Erika

The Annies leading KO and me up Stratton for our L3 ski walking intervals. We do this workout once a week or once every other week throughout the summer and it's always better to do it with speedy teammates. 

Annie P practicing backwards skiing with Chip and Sage in our pre-strength skate agility

Simi challenging Wyatt, Chip, and Finn to a "silly start". We mixed up our sprint starts this week by adding something like pushups or a 180 before starting.

Thanks to FinnSisu for providing us with skis for the off season

Hiking in Acadia with Iz and Dave

Beautiful Acadia

Got my dorky sister back!

Ski walking

Wild flower season!

My cousin Alexa made a visit and we took a nice afternoon hike up Bromley with her dog, Kip!

cousins on top of Big Brom


We made a pit stop at Dutton's Farm in Manchester so I could say hi to my goat friends
One more goat photo. A goat cheesing = goat cheese!

Wanderlust Festival was going on at Stratton last weekend. We went for a little walk around the village and this was one of the more interesting scenes we encountered. 

Summit Sisters on top of Styles Peak

Summit Sisters before the hike

Some happy Summit Sisters eating cookies made by Jessie after the hike

Fresh veggie season! Some chives from our garden
Simi teaching Jessie how to roll a kayak at the snowmaking pond
Iz an Dave taking a plunge

Jess diving into the snowmaking pond on our off day yesterday