This was the first year which I wasn't in school for the spring so after a week in Hawaii, a settled into the routine at home in Craftsbury. There were lots of projects going on so even as I was just building into training, I felt busier than ever and loved it. We had a beautiful stretch of perfect weather and rushed to get the gardens planted during the burst of blooming. Alex Howe taught Emily Dreissigacker and I how to drive the tractor so we could rototil the gardens at Elinor's.
|Clare Egan and I planted carrots, beets, zukes, summer squash, kale, and chard under a torrent of black flies. We covered some of the plants with row covers to protect against nibbling pests.|
|Rhubarb! And rhubarb pie!|
|We planted garlic last fall and it was looking good this spring!|
|New this year at Craftsbury is a small farm. We have 36 laying hens, a rooster, 10 pigs, and some turkeys. Fresh eggs for breakfast!|
|Clare Egan was the women's champion and also probably won the best dressed award!|
|Sprinting against Mamma Gina|
I also had the opportunity this spring to help out with Girls on the Run at Newport Elementary School. In this program, girls in grades 3rd through 6th get together twice a week to run working towards a goal of running a 5km by the end of the program. It inspires them to live healthy, active lifestyles and incorporates self-esteem building exercises into the curriculum. The teamwork and excitement which the girls displayed was awesome and I had lots of fun running with them every week. Unfortunately I missed their big 5km event but I was there for the practice "race" of a 10km relay.
|The 10km took place at the Dandelion Run in Derby, VT which as you can see was named appropriately!|
|The girls were giving it their all and a couple actually ran the entire 10km rather than stopping at the exchange zones!|
Since the girls were pushing themselves, I decided to challenge myself and ran the half marathon. It was a hilly course around the dirt roads of VT's north country. I set a course record by a big margin which was fun and my tired legs were rewarded with an ice bath in the lake and maple syrup for a prize. I also made it bac to Craftsbury in time for the first firing of the spring of our pizza oven. Yum!
The next day I flew to Bend Oregon for the first USST camp of the year. It’s a great time of the year to be in Bend. We ski in the mornings at Mt. Bachelor and then dryland train in town in the afternoon. The first and last days of our camps were perfect sunny weather but we had some tough conditions mixed in. One of the mornings when we were up there, the local newspaper published that there were 140 mph winds on Mt. Bachelor! Luckily we were a bit protected in the trees but it was still sideways snow and rain and strong winds!
It is very fun to be back with the team and we hit the ground running. The secret to our success? We work hard every day and love what we do! Positive team energy goes a long way!
|Team sprint in the rain upped the toughness factor!|
|Practicing sprint starts|
|5x3min Double pole intervals|
|Fast and Female- a fun afternoon of dancing, core, agility, relay races, and inspirational talks. Thanks to all who came out!|
|The 2013-14 US Women's Ski Team!|
Thanks for reading!