June 30, 2013

Glacier: take 1

I survived my first glacier camp of the summer! Just as I thought summer was over, we got a second go around and were lucky enough to have almost perfect weather on the glacier. Lots and lots of sun, soft snow, and sore muscles. I don't think I have been this tan since I left Utah 6 years ago! I do not have the photographic talents that my teammates do so I have shamelessly stolen these pictures from teammates Holly Brooks and Reese Hanneman.

I was worried about my injuries and certainly had my ups and downs during the week, but in the end, I think it was a very worthwhile camp as I was able to really focus on the movements I was making and work one on and one with our coach to improve those movements. I didn't ski quite as much as I am accustom to or would have liked to, but that's life when you're injured.

Getting "buzzed" by a teammate's friend on a spectacular evening

Awesome panorama of the facility and drink supply pond

I found some pure zinc chapstick when I was home this spring and had to bring it up to the glacier where sunburnt lips are hard to combat. Sun safety!


More Skiing

Our Men's team has had lots of changes with people retiring and newbies joining. This is the 2013-14 Men's Team and Coach Erik Flora on the far left!

Due to the high number of injuries on our Women's team, only 4 of us were able to make it up to the glacier and this is proof that we didn't totally score, we did get 2 foggy days. 

Waiting for the helicopter to come pick us up. 

This is our staff. They work super hard making sure the facility stays in good operation and that we get the most out of our training camp. We had a competition in which these techs had to wax our skis for intervals using our supplies. Don Haering, far right, was my tech and we won the competition so the trail is now called Haering's Humps. 
I also like to do some backing up on the glacier, it keeps everyone happy! 

June 23, 2013

Another week down

This week was highlighted by record high temps followed by the end of summer, a big fundraiser, and going on some bike adventures, trying to make the most of my foot injury.

The week started out with some serious heat, I could have been easily convinced I was back at Dartmouth. However, as soon as the solstice hit, which is technically the start of summer, actually marked the return to normal AK summer (or lack thereof). But it hasn't rained yet so I can't really complain.

On one hot evening we decided to take a dip in the river to cool off. Lots of others had the same idea.  This however, was my reminder that I was still in AK and not in New England...
Cooling off!

Freezing now as I emerge from the lake

We had a nice visit from Mr. Bear, who knew it was Wednesday, trash day! bad bear!

Sadie, enthralled by the bear and not running for once in her life

I have been getting back into road biking lately. Biking is not great for my back, but it is for my newly injured feet so I have to pick my battles. Road biking in Anchorage is really an experience. For one, there aren't many roads in AK so all our riding is in the city. Two, there are lots of hidden secrets in the city if you go far enough. Three, the animals are still lurking in the depths of the city. Four, there is lots of construction and dirt roads so really its more like cyclocross, than road riding.
Caught by construction, we hit the soccer field to get back to the planned route.

A day adventuring 
 APU hosted a big fundraiser for the whole school, that was "cirque" themed complete with acrobats. It is a huge fundraiser and the ski team gets a little money out of it by auctioning off a dinner made by the Men's team and a dinner made by the Women's team.
Crazy Decor

Dressed up for the event

Momma and baby chilling in the yard. 

Another adventure ride, we found this scenic spot that reminded me of some rides I did around Hanover. 
Today we hit the glacier for our first camp of the summer. I am excited to be back skiing and to hopefully get my injuries back in a good place for another month of dryland training.

June 16, 2013

Injuries and Sunshine

I have to say I am actually in disbelief. It has been warm and sunny in Anchorage for over two weeks now and there is a severe weather warning for heat (it's AK so the 80's deserved a warning) this week. I have never experienced such good weather here. I have worn shorts outside of training, used the AC in my car, and even got a little sunburnt and sought out shade in the past 2 weeks! The only way I am still reminded I am in Alaska not the east is that the mosquitoes are out of hand. You cannot leave the house without a thorough coating of deet.

It's been awesome and had kept me so busy bouncing from one activity to the other, I have hardly had a moment to relax which is really the way summer should be!
Wednesday we biked up to a lake and went for a canoe. We have awesome boy teammates who paddled Sadie and I around due to our bad backs!
Enjoying the Alaska Beach! I have now worn a bikini and eaten ice cream outside in AK!
When it stays light all night, its hard to ever stop playing. We enjoyed some nighttime B-Ball at the park by our house. I still remembered a few things from my middle school basketball days.
On the Weekends, I work at the downtown market selling bike jerseys. Wax tech Mike and Sadie came to visit me and we strolled through the market on a balmy day.

There have also been some floods as a result of the heat. This river went over the road on a big downhill that we could not see the bottom of. It ended in 3 crashes with some scrapes and bruises and fortunately a lot of laughter, not tears.

We also went to the rodeo! I have to say I was a little disappointed having drown up in the West and seeing some professional rodeos, but it was sunny, warm, and fun anyhow.
 The sunshine is my saving grace these days, as I have encountered a new injury...I am now suffering plantar fasciitis on my foot. This is a common injury for runners and I have somehow acquired it despite not running that much. So needless to say, between my back and foot, I spend about 1 hour everyday doing physical therapy. I am working hard to stay positive, keep up on my body care, and train where I can in hopes this will be a short lived set back. We have one more week of dryland training in town before heading up for out first Glacier Camp of the summer.

Happy Father's Day to my most proud and supportive Father!

June 4, 2013

Computer Problems...

I made it back to AK with just hours to spare before jumping into meetings for our annual fundraiser. I spent 3 days putting together the finishing touches on the fundraiser with the rest of my team. While no one likes doing these things, it is of course important to our team and being able to do the things we do best, skiing. Everything went well and we raised some good money!

Then we jumped right into training...Luckily AK is cold so there was still some skiing to be had so we did a mix of running and skiing and I have also taken up swimming this spring. I even bought myself a swim cap, making me the real deal...NOT. But I have found that mixing up the activities I do for training really helps my back stay in a less painful state and swimming of course involves little risk of further injury so I have been taking tips from my teammates that are really good at swimming and trying to improve.

We had just one week of training in Anchorage before we were off again. I headed to Bend, Oregon for a US Ski Team camp. I love Bend! It is a very hip outdoorsy town and it is the West. The cool part about Bend is that there is still skiing late into the summer up on Mt. Bachelor, a giant volcano. So, we ski in the morning and then head back into town where it is warm and summer-like for a dryland session in the afternoon. This is a great way to ease into dryland activities. When we can use our familiar skiing muscles on snow in the morning and then start to get our running, rollerskiing, adn biking muscles into shape in the afternoon, we help prevent injury while still training a high number of hours.

Just before I headed south, I made the bozo move of spilling on my computer...It still worked so I brought it and a day into the trip it suddenly failed on me. There was a bunch of mishaps during the fixing process so three weeks later I am still without a computer and really behind on everything because of it. Turns out I am really dependent not only on a computer, but also the internet! I am now back in Anchorage so I have the ability to use the computer lab at APU so I am slowly catching up. Creating a blog was one of the many things I am catching up on. Here are some pictures from the last month of my life.

In order to prevent this from happening again and to keep you all well informed, I am going to write a weekly blog on Sunday so please look for that!
The boys after an awesome ski with fresh snow at Hatcher's Pass, AK
The unwanted storm that brought half a foot of snow in town the day before we left for Bend

Skiing in Bend
At camp, we do lots and lots of following trying to pick up technique from others.  

Bend has awesome trails for running and biking. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a bike  to do some afternoon riding! 

Back in Anchorage, which I survived my first rollerski of the season on June 2nd!
 I did my first rollerski this week on June 2nd! Most people are probably thinking, what you only started rollerskiing now, you're behind. But I like to brag about this for a couple of reasons. First, I have really taken an effort to be more controlled in my training to try to eliminate my back injury for good and I feel I am accomplishing this. Second, I have been able to ski on snow until this week and we all know snow skiing is WAY better than road skiing. Lastly, it is easy to burn out on rollerskiing come October so the later the start the later the burnout so I should make it a long time this fall before I am dragging my feet to get out the door.

Look for Sunday Blogs from here on out! Enjoy Summer!