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Biathletes Take on Slovenian Biathlon National Championships

21.Sep.2016 by Hallie Grossman

By Ethan.

Just over a week ago as we sat in the airport on our way to Slovenia for GRPski’s annual fall training trip, we got word that the Slovenian summer biathlon national championships were happening in Pokljuka, SLO the following weekend. We were headed to a training center in Planica, SLO, only an hour drive from Pokljuka. It seemed like a no-brainer to try to jump into the races, and gain some valuable biathlon race experience.

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The Olympic Sport Center in Planica, Slovenia where we were based out of for the week.

Coaches Pepa and Sam got in touch with the organizers, and they were happy to have us join in on the event. With some shuffling of our training plan to accommodate, we all got psyched to go mix it up with Jakov Fak, Teja Gregorin, and the rest of Slovenia’s world class athletes.

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Coaches (and Mary) documenting their training.

The races consisted of a sprint race on Saturday and a mass start on Sunday. Pokljuka is Slovenia’s premier biathlon venue, often hosting world cup level racing in the winter. The venue also features a nice, but not super long (only 1.5km) rollerski loop that made up the course for these summer races. To get adequate distances for the races we did a few double loops, making two laps before coming in to shoot.  The course was mostly rolling terrain with one steeper climb and short, steep descent right onto the range, making for a pretty interesting range approach. All in all it was a super fast and fun course.

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Alex on the steep descent into the range.

Saturday started off with pouring rain that delayed the start 30 minutes. Despite sporadic showers and big puddles throughout the race, I think everyone finished smiling.

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A very wet range.

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Saturday afternoon recovery jog. To Italy!

On Sunday, the rain held off and there was even a little sun! Mass start races are generally pretty exciting and this one was no exception.  We started the men’s race strong, with Alex taking the lead on the first loop, charging past the field to lead into the range. Things got interesting from there… IBU rules for mass start races state that on the first shooting you’re supposed to go to the point that matches your bib number. In the US, for some reason, we generally file into the range in the order that you arrive, starting at point one… So, Alex went to point one, and a bunch of people got all mixed up. Luckily we didn’t let it get to us, and both Alex and I cleaned the stage and were back out on course. Mike was close behind with two penalties. It progressed into an awesome race with some good shooting, and I think we all got a chance to ski and shoot next to some of the best biathletes in the world. Luckily after some talk amongst the coaches our hosts decided to take pity on the poor Americans and not disqualify us.

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Lapping through the stadium on the first lap of the mass start.

 

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Alex and Ethan on the range with Jakov Fak (in black).

Needless to say, the correct mass start procedure was explained to Emily and Hallie no less than 3 times in multiple languages before the women’s start. The women’s field was much smaller, but no less exciting, with 50% of the competitors being Olympians. With a small women’s field, the junior boys started at the same time, which lead to quite a quick start. Emily cleaned both her prone stages, and Hallie had only one penalty in each of her’s. This allowed the girls to work together for the middle part of the race, before things spread out a little more with the standing shootings. 

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Emily and Hallie skiing together on one of the middle loops in the mass. start.

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Emily and Hallie on the range. Note the junior boys in the mix!

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Boys all matching in Craft

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And the girls too!

The race organizers were nice enough to make a non- Slovenian podium and even gave us “diplomas” instead of medals!

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Emily was third both days and first non-Slovenian

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In the mass start, Ethan was third overall and the second non-Slovenian.

 

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Post race coffee…

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..and ice cream!

 

 

Tuesday Night Race Series

30.Aug.2016 by Hallie Grossman

Last week marked the conclusion of the annual Tuesday Night Race series, a weekly summer tradition at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC). This year brought record turnout to the event- some weeks we had more than eighty participants! Both a bike and run options were offered each week, on alternating single track courses. Most weeks the races were held at the COC, but Hosmer Point hosted three times for added variety. All of the courses were approximately 5k, though newcomers to the races were often surprised when their times were a bit slower on the single track than they expected. The races attracted a diverse crowd, ranging from Craftsbury junior skiers, GRP’ers, staff, and locals, as well as campers and general guests.

Throughout the year, results were tabulated to create a complex points system, which named year end winners in six categories: mens and womens run, mens and womens 5k bike, and mens and womens 10k bike. At the end of the series, these champions received an entry to the Craftsbury marathon, held in February each year. Age group winners were awarded a plethora of baked goods at the concluding pizza party.

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The series started off with a bang!

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Participants of all ages got to run together. Here we have 80 year old George and elementary schooler Adelina.

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Friendship: biking together, smiling together, posing for pictures together.

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Emlyn put together a summer of speedy races to take home the mens 5k run title.

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Guest Sammy and junior athlete Sy hammer to the finish line.

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Craftsbury junior Jack shows how to properly display a number on a bicycle.

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Axel on the speedy Hosmer Point course.

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Computer whiz Liz, race organizer Kait, and number caller Ben.

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Pizza party for all after the last race!

 

Summer Training Photo Update

21.Jul.2016 by Liz Guiney

Liz here- with a little photo update from our first few months of training in Craftsbury.

I can’t tell you how often I get the question- “what do skiers do in the summer?” And the answer is mostly, what do we not do? Summer is when the bulk of our training occurs, because laying down a solid strength and endurance base now helps us to support the intensity work we do in the fall, and then make it through the long race season. Although rollerskiing is probably the most important ski specific work we do, we also switch it up with a large amount of cross training on foot, on road and mountain bikes, and even on the water, with rowing. We also spend quite a bit of time in the gym whether doing CrossFit, circuits, or more traditional strength work. With this variety of workouts available, summer training is rarely boring.

Summer training has been going really well in Craftsbury, and I think everyone is feeling motivated and confident in the work we’ve done so far. Whether hitting the roads for long rolling skis, surviving “Threshold Thursday” (50-70 minutes of L3 work in the morning followed by afternoon CrossFit OUCH), or pushing the volume on OD (overdistance) days, we’re keeping things interesting while relying on the basic principles of supercompensation- train hard, rest, recover, repeat!

Leaving the house for the first threshold workout of the year

Leaving the house for the first threshold workout of the year

 

An early rollerski in East Hardwick, VT

An early rollerski in East Hardwick, VT

 

Most of the team has been doing some shooting practice this summer, and occasionally things get very busy on the range

Most of the team has been doing some shooting practice this summer, and occasionally things get very busy on the range

 

A little early garden work on a cold June afternoon- thanks to Skida for keeping us warm and fashionable!

A little early garden work on a cold June afternoon- thanks to Skida for keeping us warm and fashionable!

 

There are a few new things at Craftsbury this summer, the first of which has been Monday mountain bike club. The GRP is helping out with coaching for this rambunctious group of 30 middle schoolers who come every week for an hour and a half to rip around the trails. The group has a wide range of skill levels, from first timers to very experienced kids, so it’s been fun for us to work with all of them to improve.

A big ole pile of bikes getting ready to go

A big ole pile of bikes getting ready to go

 

Instructions from coach Ollie, who has been instrumental in getting the club off the ground this summer!

Instructions from coach Ollie, who has been instrumental in getting the club off the ground this summer

Another change this summer has been the introduction of a U23 training group in Craftsbury. We have four college skiers joining us for the summer- 3 male eastern college skiers, and 1 female western skier/biathlete. They train alongside us for most sessions, and it’s been great to have their new energy and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to see how they do this season!

A very full van en route to rollerski practice- with the arrival of the U23’s our training group is big, but most days, still manageable

A very full van en route to rollerski practice- with the arrival of the U23’s our training group is big, but most days, still manageable

 

Sweaty, crowded gym circuits

Sweaty, crowded gym circuits

We’ll leave you with a few more training photos, and hopefully will be better about updating the blog in the future so that we can get you some more recent photos.

Ida and Kait get airborne during jump skate speeds

Ida and Kait get airborne during jump skate speeds

 

The GRP women trying very hard to improve our leg speed at the track in Morrisville

The GRP women trying very hard to improve our leg speed at the track in Morrisville

 

Drafting the group at the beginning of an OD ski/run. Don’t worry, we never take up this much of the road unless part of the group is passing

Drafting the group at the beginning of an OD ski/run. Don’t worry, we never take up this much of the road unless part of the group is passing

 

Matching and exploring new roads for a skate roll through Eden, Montgomery, and Jay

Matching and exploring new roads for a skate roll through Eden, Montgomery, and Jay

 

Threshold Thursday part 1- double pole intervals in East Hardwick, 5-6 times up a ~1 mile section of road

Threshold Thursday part 1- double pole intervals in East Hardwick, 5-6 times up a ~1 mile section of road

 

Threshold Thursday part 2- running with poles on Cemetery Hill, 5-7 times up a 10 min hill

Threshold Thursday part 2- running with poles on Cemetery Hill, 5-7 times up a 10 min hill

 

Biathlete Alex Howe taking his rifle to the paved trails in Jericho, VT, prepping for upcoming biathlon trials race in August

Biathlete Alex Howe taking his rifle to the paved trails in Jericho, VT, prepping for upcoming biathlon trials race in August

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CNSC Past and Present

4.Jul.2016 by Ida Sargent

Being home for a significant portion of the summer this year has allowed me to be involved in coaching with the junior practices which is very fun for me and a blast from the past to return to my junior days with the club and see the enthusiasm and drive of these kids as they train hard and have fun.  It is also impressive to see how the club has grown over the years and to see the momentum which our tiny little ski club from 20 years ago has now gained!

Last weekend I was helping junior coaches Anna and Jake with a rollerski practice.  I arrived at the Center a little before practice started and the parking lot was full of cars as everyone was here for Masters training, Junior Practice, yoga, mountain biking, and all of the other summer offerings.  When I walked into the clubhouse, Anna was going a mile a minute outfitting everyone with rollerskis and poles while simultaneously throwing out reminders for sunscreen, helmets, snacks, and water.  We had two vans ready to load up, taking kids to two different locations depending on their rollerski experience level.  With over a dozen kids already there and more arriving, I made a comment about it being a big showing for practice but Anna looked kind of confused with my statement and replied that actually that a lot of people couldn’t make it on that day.  This was even more shocking to me as I was already blown away by the size of the group.  Things sure had come a long way from the days when there were only a few of us at workouts and we would load up the back of Pepa’s black Camaro and  race down the road towards North Craftsbury Road or East Albany with Bulgarian music blasting.  Back in those days the club consisted of a handful of families with dedicated parents and kids of similar ages and was led under the very watchful eye of Pepa who had recently arrived in the United States from Bulgaria.  We had practices at the Center a few times a week which consisted of rollerskiing on the Creek Road in East Albany and the North Craftsbury Road, lots of running intervals around Lemon’s Haunt and Race Loop, rowing and swimming in the lake, sweaty circuits in the little rooms in the basement of Cedar which are now used as the TV room and Pepa’s testing lab, jumps up the hill followed by pushups to exhaustion, and a variety of other weekend hikes and group family adventures.  The rest of the time Pepa gave us a training plan which we viewed as ridiculously hard and just assumed it was a joke which was impossible to actually complete.  But despite Pepa’s craziness, spending time training with my CNSC teammates was often the highlight of my summer and developed friendships as well as a love for being active and outside which I still cherish today.

Being part of the club today constantly reminds me of my time as a Craftsbury junior and BKL athlete and also amazes me with how much the club has grown and flourished!  The kids are still out training hard and doing many of the same workouts that we used to do.  They unfortunately cannot buy Biggy Iggy ice cream sandwiches and Doritos in the Touring Center after practice but now they have a whole clubhouse to themselves after the addition of the new Touring Center.  The ski trails all have same names but now there is access to homologated loops with snow-making in the winter time and so many more kilometers of singletrack to escape onto in the summer.  In addition to Pepa’s coaching there are a three junior coaches, a masters coach, and GRP athletes helping out.  Every week there are 10-12 separate training sessions going on as well as two BKL day camps, and several overnight junior camps.  It makes me incredibly proud to see the success of CNSC skiers in the winter as well as the energy and excitement which buzzes around the Outdoor Center throughout the year!
Here are a bunch of photos from CNSC from the past and the present.

CNSC Juniors rollerskiing for summer training!

 

Before the days of neon rollerskiing shirts but we were still looking pretty flashy!

 

But maybe still using the same skis?  I found my old Ski Skett Fire rollerskis with the ripping fast green wheels in the pile of club rollerskis.

 

Junior practice earlier this summer

 

Jumps up the hill are still a staple of junior training

 

But closer look shows that Anna and Jake are leading the way and most likely are still masters of this workout after the time that we did jumped, hopped, and bounded up the hill 90 times in one of Pepa’s crazy workouts

 

CNSC training on the hill before the wood chips were laid down and it was named Chip Hill
 

A big group before the start of summer training with Pepa (from L-R Alex Schulz, Sten Kaeding, Ethan Dreissigacker, Isaac Noyes, Emily Dreissigacker, Hannah Dreissigacker, Anna Schulz, Ida Sargent, Elsa Sargent, Kit Wright, Pepa, John Brodhead)

 

BKL Devo practice in the gym with Audrey last week
Good friends on a summer training camp in Italy (Ida, Elsa, Hannah, Emily)

 

And happy junior girls skipping down the dirt roads (Callie, Avery, Phoebe, Ani)
A new addition is Mountain Bike Club which Ollie started this summer and over 30 kids can be found riding bikes on the Center trails every Monday afternoon.

 

Pepa was always convinced we would get injured biking and we were thus not encouraged to ride so it’s great to see these kids ripping the trails and learning skills.

 

Video review in Pepa’s house.  Pepa used to live above the old Touring Center which is now the coaches office in the clubhouse so once again training and club activities have come full circle.


Taking our Nordic skis up to Tuckerman Ravine in 1998 (and also proof that I was once taller than Ethan)

 

The snow-making system at Craftsbury has made skiing at home possible so the juniors don’t have to travel for early skiing but that unfortunately makes the Silver Star training camp non-existent now.
We had training camps a couple times a year where we would spend a few days at the Center eating lots of dining hall food,  raising terror in Cedar, and training more than we thought was imaginable, Here’s a photo from a Christmas training camp.

 

The end of the season CNSC potluck this year which took place in the new AC was a lot bigger and more elaborate than this one from many years past taking place in the dining hall but it was fun to be able to attend this spring and connect with so many community members that are excited about Nordic Skiing!
 

Craftsbury Nordic trading cards featuring Elsa, Kit, Isaac, Emily, Hannah, and I rollerskiing in East Albany.   It’s great that they finally repaved sections of that road that were previously paved when we started rollerskiing there circa 1998 or so

 

The gang after running a 3000 meter TT on the Peoples Academy track.

 

The current stars of the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club!  It’s very exciting to have another fast group of juniors, racing fast at Junior Nationals, highlighting the podium at the Eastern REG camp time trials, and just generally having fun and training hard.