Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dartmouth Visit

 We have 9 Dartmouth skiers visiting for the weekend and training with us. This morning they hopped in  a classic speed workout with some of our T2 skiers and this afternoon they joined us for skate agility and strength.
 Patrick put them through a bunch of technique drills before they got down to the business of working on their speed.
 We started with some striding starts.

 Then moved to d-pole starts and ended with finishes.

Erika gets after it.
Sorry, no afternoon pictures.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tour Bike (day 3)

 Day 3 for our tour of southern VT was a bike ride through Manchester, Dorset, Rupert, West Pawlet, Pawlet and then south back to Manchester. The pavement was good, traffic was light and everyone made it around the basic loop (some did a couple of add-ons).
 We split the group into 4-5 mini groups to keep things safer for riders and drivers.
 Above, Poppet, Charlotte and Mehana start up Morse Rd on their way over to Dorset.
 The ride took us over the big hill of Merck Forest.
 Above, alex leads a group through west Pawlet (this pic is actually out of order).
The sign on top of the hill at Merck Forest.
 Gavin and Adam cresting the hill.....
..with Ben, Jack and Koby not far behind.
 Eli, Annie H and Patrick up top.
 Smiling "torch" on his mountain bike.
 You can tell that Pip is happy to get to the top.....
 ...and the bottom (Rupert).
Mike E, Eli and Connor  roll down rte 30 just north of Dorset.
 Patrick and Kate B lead the T2 group and Katharine.
 Alex, Pip, Mae, Sophie H, Ana and Will.
 Cameron and Asa hammering to catch up.
 Happy bikers. Everyone biked 3-3.5 hours. No flats and only one very minor crash....pretty good for 28 riders biking 47-60 miles each :).

Apres bike,lunch in the shade. Our tour is done. The group averaged 13/14 hours of good training over the last 4 days so it is time to let the bodies recover.
Good training from everyone!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tour Of S. VT (day 2)

 What a difference a day makes. We had some thunder storms roll through last night and usher in some cooler drier air so today was delightful. We did a nice classic ski in the morning, starting in Manchester, going up through Pawlet, over the hill to Danby and then back to Manchester.
 The ski took us past lots of farmland and rolling hills.

 At 45 km, the group was happy to se the van with Power bars and gatorade.
 Ko and Gavin at 60 kms, are happy to call it a good morning.
This afternoon, everyone hiked Bromley, then went down the front side and rode the alpine slide to the bottom. Some of the eager beaver U16 boys then hiked back up and rode the slide again (and again). They were too fast for me to get pictures.
Our girls joined in with the T2 team and their "Summit Sisters" hike. It was pretty neat to see 25 women hike up the mountain and enjoy the great day.

Here are most of the females who showed up for the hike.

Tomorrow we will do a good bike ride with a couple of killer hills...stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tour Of S. VT (day 1)

Gavin M., Jack E., Koby
 Every July we have a mini camp for the SMS kids and try to get in a good volume week.  We started by going to the White Mtns for roller skiing and hiking, but the last 3 years we have kept it in Southern Vt.
Riz, Alex, Pip, Tegan
 Usually we have 3 days of long OD's, but this year we switched it up a bit and added an unadvertised day. Yesterday we did 2 good workouts and although it was not an official part of our tour, everyone had 3 good hours of training.
Erika, Katharine, Adam, Sophie, Ben, Neil, Connor, Eli
 Today was another hot one with a threat of afternoon thunderstorms so we did one of our favorite combi OD's; a 2 hour skate followed by a run/hike to Little Rock Pond.
Lillian, Mehana and Charlotte check in with Poppet
 The first part of the ski is very flat, but the last 5 kms are a monster climb. Everyone did well with hydration and by the time it got really hot, they were climbing the hill in the shade of the trees.
Feed station

T2 girls and KO check in with Patrick
  From the end of the ski, it is a bit over 4 miles to Little Rock Pond on the Green Mtn trail. If you have never hiked this trail, do it. It is a nice trail with some excellent views and a nice ending spot. Best time to go is late September.

 The reward is a 30' jump into the cool waters below....and...lunch.

 Ian T attenpts a flip off the small rock (luckily it was the 10' rock because it did not end well).
Some of da boys.
...and da girls.
This afternoon it is time to rest up. We have a Classsic ski and a hike planned for tomorrow and a long bike for Friday.