After two weeks of training hard in Anchorage, we headed south for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Seward hosts the Mt. Marathon race, a grueling 3 mile race that ascends AND descends a 3,000 ft mountain. I am not a participant and not sure I ever want to be, but I enjoy being a spectator along with thousands of other Alaskans. This year two international mountain running stars came to participate in the event, making it an even bigger show down than past years. I was truly impressed and inspired by the athleticism and prowess both displayed as they easily walked away with the men's and women's title and broke both records! Killian Jornet is well known for his speed ascents up large mountains such as Denali and his girlfriend Emelie Forsberg is a world champion mountain runner who both now have a large Alaskan fan club following their performances. I was looking forward to heading on some of my own adventures in the Seward area until I dropped a 35lb bar on my foot in the weight room... I feel I dodged a bullet however as nothing was broken and it only cost me one weekend of training!
|Sadie ready to celebrate the 4th of the July with her Olympic sweater|
|Killian reaching the bottom|
|Lots of spectators|
Next, it was back to the glacier! While we didn't experience quite as bad of weather as last month, we had soft snow to contend with and some very tired bodies after two very solid months of training. We followed a similar training plan so I had some idea of how I might feel for each session. I tend to have the trend of getting a little too excited about skiing and getting pretty tired the first few days, then following a little spark with some hard training and a little slower distance pace, I catch a second wind for an end of week sprint simulation. The last day always consists of a very long workout, but knowing it's the last is typically enough to get us through feeling alright. We were able to hike out this camp, which is always an exciting adventure moving from a gray and white glacier panorama down through scree, mossy hillsides, and finally through the alders and back into the rainforest of Girdwood. Overall, the glacier camp was a huge success with lots of technical improvements, but I did leave feeling ready for a true recovery week to recharge for the second half of the summer.
|Sometimes you get too tired to change standing up|
|50k ski done!|
|Enjoying a sunny afternoon on the heli pad|
|Getting bundled up for the snowmachine ride across the glacier to begin the hike down|
|Celebrathing Becca's birthday with Rhubarb Crisp|
|We made a trout cake for Erik's birthday|
|Beautiful night at the beach|
|David and Jess getting after it.|
|The row of tents moving in|
|Rolling in the coolers|
|The line of people waiting for fish|