August 26, 2013

Home Sweet Home

I spent the past two weeks training in Park City. APU chose to head to PC for our August camp rather than do a third glacier camp. We chose this in order to spend more time at higher altitude due to the fact that many important events (including the Olympics) are at altitude. I was beyond ecstatic because the glacier in August is generally terrible due to the weather and I got to go home. What is better than training camp with your mom there to cook for you and your own bed to sleep in.

We did lots of trips up the Canyons. There are a handful of us with injured feet so we took advantage of having the gondola to ride down. I also got to enjoy some great mountain biking due to my uncooperative feet. I have to say, I can't really complain about having to mountain bike in Park City AND my feet are doing much better and I have started running little bits everyday.
Showing Sadie the trails

Post-ride smiles

Taking the gondola down!

Solo ride on the best loop around. Thanks for the awesome Park City jersey Charlie!

It was hot, dry, and very dusty!
 The first week brought all kinds of hot, dry weather with afternoon thunderstorms. That led to a wildfire only 10 miles away. It was quite scary because it happened right in a neighborhood and was moving towards other neighborhoods in the area. We were really lucky because the smoke stayed clear of Park City so we didn't have to change training at all. They were able to get the fire out pretty quickly and only a few homes burned. There were helicopters and giant planes flying overhead all day long carrying water and fire retardant to the fire.
Smoke coming over the mountains. eeek
I also managed to get myself really tired. I haven't been able to train as much as I would have liked most of the summer so I haven't had too many days of pure exhaustion, but I was able to find that place at camp. We were training about the same number of hours as usual, but added in lots of intensity and had the added stress of altitude, something that is hard to quantify in our training. It felt good to be tired as I felt I had done my job, trained hard, but I am not always the best at managing my tiredness. I pushed through only to have a total breakdown during our sprint time trial. So now, I am working on recharging and also confronting all my doubts and fears about my training this summer. The fall is a great time to work on some specific skills so I will be thinking about where I want to head as I transition back to Anchorage. I also start school this week...

It's always hard to leave home. Park City is really dear to my heart and somewhere I hope to return to soon more permanently. For now, I have to get my study on and focus on some specific training. 

Thanks for following. 

August 18, 2013


It had actually been a full year since I had last been in New England which was the longest I have been away since I started college 7 years ago now....(feeling old). Needless to say, I was really excited to not only get a break from AK and training up there, but to see lots of my friends and family. If only I had more time...I have so many friends and family in New England, that I would need at least a month to see everyone.

First Stop: CAPE COD! I had a recovery week and nothing says recovery quite like Cape Living does. I gorged on steamers and lobsters, flipped Patrick and I in the sailboat in the middle of the cut, ate Four Seas ice cream for lunch and dinner, and spent some time with Charlie and my cousin Jen. We also got an opportunity to visit the Ocearch. Ocearch is a giant (former crab) boat that goes around the world catching Great White Sharks for research purposes. It started with a show on Discovery and History that you may have seen, but now is solely working for research purposes. The boat is ironically from Park City and my Dad worked on financing it through US Bank. He is also obsessed with it so if you know him, you have probably heard more about it than you want to know, but if not, here is the website you can check out. Betsy is the most recent Great White caught off of Cape Cod and you can track her on the website to see if it's a good day to go swimming or not...

This is the small boat they use to actually catch the Shark and tire them out

Then, this lift is lowered on the side of the boat where they then drag the shark on to the lift in order to get samples from the shark and put a GPS on it. 

Here is Dad, super pumped pretending to drive the thing


A school of porpoises came by.

I swear they are there.

Loving Four Seas!
 Second Stop: Putney, VT. Patrick is from Putney so we went to his house for a few nights to visit his parents. It was full on blueberry season so we went picking and I had to make a pie!

Third Stop: Stratton, VT. Many of my former Dartmouth teammates now train with Stratton Mountain School T2 Team. Patrick and I headed over there to check things out. It was great to train with my Dartmouth teammates. I miss them a great deal! They are the best training partners I have ever had and was very happy to spend time with them. I also accomplished a 70 minute swim in a pond where I couldn't touch the bottom most of the time. I am a very slow swimmer, but that was quite a feat. I wish I had a picture of it. Pat and I both looked like drowned rats afterward.
Me leading Erika in intervals

Cruising on a distance ski 
Sophie and I hammering out some more intervals

Patrick and Eric heading up

Stop 4: Dartmouth. We stopped by Dartmouth on our way north to visit with our old coaches. It was great to see them and great to reminisce about the good ol days. Hanover is a wonderful town and I am so thankful for the time I got to spend there.

Stop 5: Craftsbury, VT. We finally made it to the Kingdom. I learned how to drive a dump truck so we could do some trail work and pick up some trees. We also had an exciting afternoon of water recreation. We tried out stand up paddle boarding for the first time. I have to say, it wasn't as great as everyone makes it out to be. It's a bit slow for my taste. But I also got to FINALLY jump on a water trampoline which I have been wanting to do since our neighbors at the cape got one many years ago. It also was not as great as I had imagined, but I had fun anyhow. We tested out all the water toys at the kids camp and being the land lovers we are neither Pat nor I were very good at any of them. Nils came to visit which was a huge highlight. Nils has moved on from competitive skiing so I don't get to see him as much. We also went to the community corn roast put on by a local dairy farm. It was quite the seen with live music 100 different types of pasta salad and baked beans, and lots of local color. I found it really neat to see the operation of the dairy farm. Pat's uncle has a small dairy operation on his farm so Pat is quite knowledgable and taught me all kinds of things. There was even a cow that had just been born that day! I failed to take any pics of the farm : (  Lastly, Hannah was racing in some biathlon rollerski races that are quite important as they help her to qualify for the World Cup. We went to volunteer at the races and cheer her on. She WON the first day!!!! and came in 2nd (top american) the 2nd day! So that was spectacular to see. She looked really good out there!
Nailing some targets

Skiing hard

As per usual, I was having too much fun to bother taking pictures, so sorry for the small sampling. It was a busy and fun trip and I am sad it's over!

BUT, next stop is Park City, my actual favorite place!

And I almost forgot... Fasterskier did a feature on me and my hopes of going to the Olympics this winter. Read it here:

August 4, 2013

Glacier Girls

The second week of Girls Camp or NAWTA (north american training alliance) is done on Eagle glacier. I have blogged so many times about the glacier so I'm sure everyone gets the idea now. We ski a lot and try to learn a lot. As also said many times before, the benefit of having new girls to ski with on the glacier is to learn new technique tricks and push ourselves a little harder. It was truly amazing to have guest star, Norwegian national team member, Astrid Jacobsen on the glacier. Her classic technique is flawless and she was incredibly open telling us many stories of her team and their training which is always fun and fascinating.

This glacier was a little different...we had full time physical therapy support. Zuzana Rogers, who is a local PT with Advanced Physical Therapy (a new team sponsor) that has been working with our team donated her time to follow us on the glacier and work on us 24/7. It was AMAZING! Being injured really sucks and not being able to get help when you need it sucks even more. My injuries were not the slightest issue at this camp and that is all thanks to the work Zuzana did on me everyday. It is incredible the difference it makes to have a qualified person guide you and work on you everyday rather than once a week.

We also had media day. There were about 10 different people from different media outlets that showed up to check it all out. Here are the links of the material I have seen so far:

KTUU (NBC) News:

Anchorage Daily News:

NPR News:

Thanks to Matt Whitcomb for the high quality photos and all my other teammates and friends who are way better at taking pics than me. Here's a look at the glacier:

Winners of the annual speed realy! 

PT with a view!

The Whole Group

Go Rossignol!

Getting creative with injury care: contrast foot baths
The whole gang
Catching BIG air....
The APU ladies
Trying to stay with Astrid during some hard Level 4 Classic intervals
And trying to stay with Liz!
Glacier Clouds
Brunch, a post-interval fave
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Astrid made us Norwegian Waffles with brown cheese upon our return to town!!!