Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Bike Ride

 After a morning of classes, we headed down to Manchester for a bike ride this afternoon. Our goal was to find warmer air (it was chilly) and gentle terrain. We succeeded on both counts and had a fine outing.
 Tess, Issy, Brooke, Mackenzie and Sverre cruised along at a nice steady pace.
 Paddy, Kate, Corky, Hamish, Anika, Matt and Andy played the "hare" role, zipping ahead, flatting, zipping by again, waiting and finally passing us (tortoise group) for good 50 minutes into the ride.

Our route took us down through Arlington and back.
The tulips are up at the Equinox Hotel... we're about 10 days behind up on the mountain.

We all enjoyed the ride. One of our spring goals is to do a team 100 mile bike ride so today was the first weekend warm up ride. Each weekend we will go a bit further and by early June, we should be ready to roll!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ok check this out.  Centered in the photo one of the greatest "coaches" of all time, Richard Simmons.  A fitness guru like no other he pioneered the ultimate and original cross fit "sweatin to the oldies"  Don't know what I am talking about? google it, youtube it.

Photo was in the Vegas airport 2005 on the way to Truckee JN's!

Wait there's a lot more going here in this pic.  Far right none other than SMS coach, art teacher, year book commander and 2012 team New England JN coach Liz Kantack.  Richard made such an impression on her she went right into the health and fitness world of nordic coaching! Right beside her Ida Sargent from the powerful GRP team from Craftsbury and the USST.  Back row blue hat? SMS alum and UVM skier Fritz Horst. Blue head band? SMS alum and Utah skier Parker Tyler. Right in front of her, Burke coach, 2012 New England JN coach and Middlebury alum Kate Barton.  Right behind Richard, Kristen Dewey SMS and Dartmouth alum now coaching high school skiers in VT.  Tall Dude in the back?  The head coach on trip from Burke and now a big cheese on the USST staff, Matt Whitcomb!  Don't worry Sophie we still see half your face right behind the "fro"  Sophie Caldwell SMS and Dartmouth Alum and SMS Elite team member.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Better Late Than Never

 Spring weather in the East keeps us on our toes. Here are a couple of pictures taken 2 days ago. Ana and Adam W. enjoy their first (or last) ski of the year :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Uphill Run Test & Strength - UPDATED

We had four more skiers do the uphill run test today during our morning training block - Paddy, Skyler, Mackenzie, & Brooke.  It was misting and cool - nice weather for running!  Skyler and Mackenzie both set PRs, by 19 and 5 seconds, respectively, which is always awesome to see.  Below are the combined results from Friday and today:

Calvin   12:21
Paddy   12:39
Skyler   12:58
Tyler      13:49
Matt      13:53
Carson  14:02
Gino      14:12
Corky   14:18
Koby    14:23
Hamish  14:35
Mac      15:14
Issy P    15:44
Russell   15:54
Mollie    16:01
Kate      17:14
Mackenzie 17:21
Tess 18:58
Brooke   20:07

Hamish is at the tail end of a head cold and Tess wasn't feeling well today, so we'll get those two testing later in the week and add them to the list.
Mackenzie about 1/2 a mile into the run.
Brooke heads for the finish line.  After classes the whole team hit the gym for spinning & strength.
Warming up on the bikes with the snowboard crew.
 Birthday girl Anika working the rollerboard!  
 Mackenzie and Paddy work on woodchoppers together.
 Anika on the glute ham manchine.
 Calvin working on med ball squat throws...
 Tess ripping off some pullups.
 Issy on dips.
 Calvin, Hamish, Paddy, Skyler, Mac, & Tyler.
 Floor core!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Week Recap

It's been a busy week at SMS!  We've just finished our first week of school & spring training after our two-week spring break.  We had a really nice week of weather (see above!) and got spring training off to a nice start with several bike rides, runs, games of pick up soccer, and trips to the gym for strength.  The coaches are working their way through the team doing one-on-one season wrap up meetings and making plans and goals for next year.  Everyone is taking the time they need to get caught up on school work following a busy month of March with lots of travel and the teachers & advisors have been helping our athletes make a game plan for getting on track for the spring.  Fortunately we've got a bunch of smart kids on this team and everyone seems to be hitting the ground running in that department!           
 We've had the pleasure of several prospective athletes join us this week for a day at school and afternoon training.  Jordan Fields from Woodstock, VT joined us on Wednesday for the afternoon.  We drove around the back of Stratton Mountain and did a trail run out towards Stratton Pond as a team.  Jordan has been accepted to Williams College, but is thinking of a PG year before heading to Massachusetts.   
From Maine, Sadie James and Jack Elder came over on Thursday for classes and practice - a bike/run and strength.   Looking forward to next year, we're psyched for the growth and opportunities we'll have for our current skiers with the addition of the Elite Team and it's been a great to share that excitement with some potential new athletes who've visited us.  
Yesterday we wrapped up the week with our uphill run test to get a baseline for everyone's fitness.
 We started off with some running drills on the field to work on form and getting our weight forward.
 The uphill run test is two miles of rolling uphill.  A little over one mile is on a dirt road (County Road) and then it finishes off with the paved road towards the Sunbowl and up to the school.
 Calvin set the pace for the boys. 
 Tyler made the pass midway through to move into second.
 Matt in third.
 Carson Thurber (admissions, fresh off the Boston Marathon on Monday!) and Gino.  
Kate & Liz.  Below are more photos from practice on Thursday.
Mackenzie is playing lacrosse this spring two days a week - she's rushing in from practice on Thursday to join the team at strength.
Anika working on her dips.
Gino & Hamish.
Gino on the ring dips. 
Pull ups - Tyler, Corky, & Paddy.
Sadie James from Maine visited us for an overnight on Thursday and works with Mollie on med ball tosses.
Calvin looks like he's mid-double pole!
Tess working on her core strength.
Jack Elder from Maine visited on Thursday and joined us for a bike ride and strength after spending the day in classes and meeting with the coaches.
Girls, happy to be done with strength! 
Finishing up with floor core.