Fall is in the air! The trees are transforming into lovely combinations of oranges, yellows, and reds. We've had to cover vegetables with blankets and row cover in the gardens to protect against the first couple frosts of the year, the harvest moon will be in the sky tonight, and that added excitement which accompanies the nip in the air is running through every Nordic skier's veins. Every year autumn is kicked off with the annual Lake Placid training camp. As the weather cools and the leaves start to change, we up the intensity with a camp full of hard sessions in the Adirondack mountains. It's the perfect setting with lots of mountain trails to run on, quiet roads for rollerskiing, a rollerski track at the Olympic complex for speeds and sprints, and of course Whiteface Mountain providing enough vertical to fill the muscles with lactic acid while bounding or rollerskiing up it. This camp is one of my favorites because its close to home and there is always a great group of skiers working hard together and pushing the level with every training session. This year wasn't any different and we had an awesome group of athletes from Craftsbury, Stratton, the USST, National Training Group juniors, and more. For me its fun to have both of my teams training together in the same place! In twelve days we trained close to 40 hours including two overdistance workouts, two speed sessions, four intervals workouts, and one uphill rollerski race.
|Children at Play! Absolutely! Thanks to everyone for their hard work making the training a success.|
|Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury GRP) leading everyone at the start of a classic OD (Matt Whitcomb photo)|
|Jessie, Liz, and I during a distance double pole workout (Bryan Fish photo)|
|There were plenty of mountains to run up and we did a 3.5 hour run over Big Slide and Yard Mountains which finished with a cold waterslide adventure. (Andy Newell photo)|
|We did a school visit at the Lake Placid Elementary School and had fun playing games at 3rd grade gym class (Matt Young photo)|