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Archive for March, 2014

Alaskan Adventures Part Two

27.Mar.2014 by Alex Schulz

Since my last blog post we have been busy racing hard and fast up here in Alaska.  The earlier part of the week brought three races in a four day span with the 15km skate on Saturday, the classic sprint on Sunday, and the club relay on Tuesday.  On racing trips the focus is all on skiing fast, recovering well, and achieving strong results.  This does not allow for much time to explore the areas in which we race, an unfortunate fact as we GRPers are fortunate enough to be able to travel to some very cool locations.  Conscious of this, a few of us jumped in the van the other day and took off down the road to go check out the Portage Glacier.  After an hour of meandering along the coastline we arrived at Portage Lake, strapped on skis, and took off across some beautiful crust.

A pretty scenic spot for some crust skiing.

A pretty scenic spot for some crust skiing.

The skiing across the lake was about as beautiful as one could hope for, with bluebird skies and pristine crust surrounded by impressive mountains.

You can actually see Andrew, he is the tiny speck in the middle of the picture where snow meets the rock.

You can actually see Andrew (if you zoom in), he is the tiny speck in the middle of the picture where snow meets the rock.

At the end of the lake we found the glacier flowing down into the water.  According to locals, the glacier has been calving recently, and while there was no open water or crashing ice when we were there, all of us were plenty wary and kept our distance.  The ice was stunningly blue and the entire scene left us all very impressed with nature’s handiwork here in the mountains.

Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier

Gordo pondering glacial thoughts.

Gordo thinking glacial thoughts.

Is this where Glacier Freeze Gatorade comes from?

Is this where Glacier Freeze Gatorade comes from?

Glacier hunters

Glacier hunters

The trip to Portage was a very welcomed departure from the normal race and rest routine and a great chance to explore the area outside of Anchorage.  Today, it’s back to watching March Madness, keeping the feet elevated, and resting up for tomorrow.  One race left to go in the 2013/1014 season!

–  Alex

 

Back to Clemson and Back on the Water

27.Mar.2014 by Phil Grisdela

Every year I’m shocked by how fast the spring flies by, especially after the winter of hitting the ergs and ski trails. We’re already almost at the end of March with less than four weeks until our first major test of the 2014 season at the first National Selection Regatta in Princeton, NJ. Hard to believe that it was barely three weeks ago that I hung up my skis for the winter (although with all the snow coming down back home maybe I’ll get a chance to bring them back out!). Here’s a bit of a photo montage from the end of our winter training and the first few weeks on the water in Clemson, SC.

There’s nothing to make you more excited to be done with winter training than a 2k test and a VO2 max test. Our last week in Craftsbury was packed full with assessments to see how effective our training has been. It’s definitely good to see that a winter of skiing can pay off, with some good PR’s and physiological data for the squad.

We got to cap off the winter with a 2k test on the ergs without the mask and then a step test to find our VO2 max, pictured here

We got to cap off the winter with a 2k test on the ergs without the mask and then a step test to find our VO2 max, pictured here

It’s pretty surreal to go down to the boathouse in the winter, seeing the boats surrounded by snow is a bit unusual but definitely gets us excited to get back on the water.

There were boats in there somewhere!

There were boats in there somewhere

Business end of a snowy trailer

Business end of a snowy trailer

Oars ready to make the trip, two of these things are not like the others!

Oars ready to make the trip, two of these things are not like the others!

The drive down to Clemson was actually much the same as last year, for some of us this is a great chance to stop and visit our parents on the way down the east coast.

Gaffney, SC for those who are into House of Cards. For those who aren't, check it out.

Gaffney, SC for those who are into House of Cards. For those who aren’t, check it out.

We also got to watch the thermometer steadily climb on the drive down, by the time we made it to Clemson it was a balmy 70 degrees and sunny, a great way to start the trip.

Those four are helping, promise.

Those four are helping, promise.

We were all pretty excited to hit the water again, even Dan has gotten in on the action once in a double with Steve. From Dan “Getting back in a boat reminded me how simple rowing is, and how much I dislike wake and cross-winds” Preach! Even Steve was optimistic: “If there was a world championships of rowing at a 14….we would stand half a chance.”

Even Dan got in on the rowing action

Getting back on the water means a return to callused hands, a fight which it seems like as hard as you try your hands always lose at first.

Welcome back to rowing!

Welcome back to rowing!

While our hands may be torn up worse than this, it does feel right that the oar grips should share some of the pain

While our hands may be torn up worse than this, it does feel right that the oar grips should share some of the pain

We’re super lucky to be able to row out of the Clemson boathouse where I am currently poaching internet, but it also gives us a chance to help out at some of the college races. I’ve always wanted to help with the stakeboats at the start, these are the people who hold the sterns of the boats before the start and keep everything even. My dad would always do it for our high school races and I had never been on that end of the event. Especially now that we’re in small boats without coxswains, it’s easy to forget how loud and fun the start of a race can be. While our own races are a few weeks away, it was great to get close to the action and remember what we’re training for.

Sunrise stakeboating

Sunrise stakeboating

Craftsbury's Clemson Office

Craftsbury’s Clemson Office

Even on a training trip there’s a little more to it than just the training. We keep busy in between practices at our awesome housing. The house I’m in right now has a foosball table that Kyle Lafferty may be reigning champion of although Peter Graves is giving him a run for his money. There’s also some Jenga and a great movie collection that we’re doing our best to get through (name a movie better than Titanic, so far we can’t).

Passing the time in between practices

Passing the time in between practices

Last year I ended up doing an event for charity in Oklahoma to raise money for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldricks program. While I did it on a bit of a whim last year, it was inspiring to see so many people there for a really good cause. Watching mothers last year shave a full head of hair with their kids who were either cancer survivors or fighters sitting on their lap made me want to do it again this year to help them and others like them. Knowing that I was going to shave my head I enlisted the help of some of the girls on the team here to dye my hair green the day before the event. The before and after are here, check it out:

I'm not going to tell you how long it took to get my hair this green. Thanks for the help Sarah!

I’m not going to tell you how long it took to get my hair this green. Thanks for the help Sarah!

Less Grizzly, still green though!

Less Grizzly, still green though!

We also took a trip to Greenville, SC over the weekend to keep things fresh and see the city. I had never been here before but it really was worth the trip, especially on a beautiful warm day.

Awesome waterfall under a single-sided suspension bridge (say that five times fast) in Greenville, SC

Awesome waterfall under a single-sided suspension bridge (say that five times fast) in Greenville, SC

I honestly can't explain how surreal this was, hula hoop party in Greenville.

I honestly can’t explain how surreal this was, hula hoop party in Greenville.

We’re coming to the end of the third week here, with a little less than four weeks to go until the first NSR. As we’ve gotten through the beginning stages of adapting the bodies to the water and the boats the next few weeks are the real meat of the camp where lineups will get decided and we put the work in to bring the most speed possible on race day. Stay tuned here to catch all the action and enjoy the snow back North!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-14 GRP Skiing Results Record

26.Mar.2014 by Gordon Vermeer

Want to keep track of how the GRP Ski Team is doing this season? Check back on this blog! I’ll be updating this same post frequently throughout the season, and re-posting it to the top of the blog roll every once in a while. With comments or questions or complaints, shoot me an email at gordon.vermeer@gmail.com. Most recent week on top. –Gordo

 

 

WEEK OF MAR 24-27

 

Anchorage, Alaska (SuperTour Finals/Distance Nationals)

Tuesday 4x5K Mixed-Gender Mixed-Technique Relay: Team 1 (Patrick, Ida, Gordon, Caitlin) 7th, Team 2 (Alex, Liz, Andrew, Clare) 11th

Friday CL Ladies’ 30K, Men’s 50K: Ida 5th, Caitlin 10th, Liz 15th, Clare 26th; Gordon 21st, Andrew 37th, Alex 38th, Pat 44th

 

 

WEEK OF MAR 17-23

 

Oslo, Norway (IBU World Cup 9)

Thursday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 3rd (0+0), Hannah 75th (2+3)

Saturday 10K Pursuit: Susan 6th (1+0+0+1)

Sunday 12.5K Mass Start: Susan 18th (2+1+3+0)

 

Anchorage, Alaska (SuperTour Finals/Distance Nationals)

Saturday FR Individual Start Ladies’ 10K, Men’s 15K: Caitlin 10th, Ida 14th, Clare 19th, Liz 25th; Andrew 15th, Gordon 30th, Pat 35th

Sunday CL Sprint: Ida 3rd, Liz 11th, Caitlin 12th, Clare 20th; Patrick 4th, Gordon 18th, Alex 26th, Andrew 35th

 

 

WEEK OF MAR 10-16

 

Falun, Sweden (World Cup Finals)

Friday CL Sprint: Ida 20th

Saturday 15K Skiathlon: Ida 38th

Sunday 10K FR Pursuit:  Ida 40th

 

Kontiolahti, Finland (IBU World Cup 8)

Thursday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 28th (0+1), Susan 29th (1+3)

Saturday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 8th (0+1), Hannah 41st (0+2)

Sunday 10K Pursuit: Susan 7th (2+2+1+2), Hannah 49th (1+2+2+3)

 

Craftsbury, VT (GRP Spring Tour)

Friday CL 3.75K Prologue Men, Ladies: Gordon 4th, Andrew 14th, Pete 17th, Alex S 18th, Jake 21st; Caitlin 1st

Saturday CL Sprint Men, Ladies: Alex S 4th, Gordon 6th, Pete 9th, Andrew 14th, Jake 32nd; Caitlin 1st

Sunday FR Handicap Start Men’s 15K, Ladies’ 10K: Gordon 9th, Andrew 11th, Jake 12th, Pete 22nd, Alex S 38th; Caitlin 1st

 

Jericho, VT (US Biathlon National Championships)

Friday Individual: Ethan 1st (0+0+1+2), Mike 4th (2+3+2+4); Clare 2nd (2+3+0+4)

Saturday Sprint: Clare 2nd (0+2); Mike 4th (1+5), Ethan 5th (1+2)

Sunday Mass Start: Ethan 5th (2+2+3+1), Mike 6th (2+2+3+2); Clare 2nd (4+4+3+1)

 

Valdidentro, Italy (OPA Cup Finals)

Friday FR 2.5K Ladies, 3.3K Men: Liz 31st; Pat 57th

Saturday CL 10K Ladies, 15K Men: Liz 38th; Pat 60th

Sunday FR Pursuit 10K Ladies, 15K Men: Liz 29th; Pat 22nd

 

 

 

WEEK OF MAR 3-9

 

Bretton Woods, NH (Bretton Woods Marathon)

Saturday CL 42K Mass Start: Pete 5th

 

Drammen, Norway (World Cup)

Wednesday CL Sprint: Ida 35th

 

Oslo, Norway (World Cup)

Sunday 30K CL Mass Start: Ida 42nd

 

Pokljuka, Slovenia (IBU World Cup 7)

Thursday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 38th (0+4), Hannah 84th (5+3)

Saturday 10K Pursuit: Susan 20th (1+0+2+2)

 

Rogla, Slovenia (OPA Cup)

Saturday CL Sprint: Liz 28th, Pat 37th

Sunday FR Mass Start 15K Ladies, 30K Men: Liz 27th, Pat 31st

 

 

WEEK OF FEB 24-MAR 2

 

Lahti, Finland (World Cup)

Saturday FR Sprint: Ida 44th

 

 

WEEK OF FEB 17-23

 

Sochi, Russia (Olympic Winter Games – Biathlon)

Wednesday Mixed Relay: USA 8th (including Susan and Hannah)

Friday Ladies’ 4x6K Relay: USA Ladies 7th (including Susan and Hannah)

 

Hayward, WI (American Birkebeiner)

Thursday FR City Sprints Men, Ladies: Alex S 3rd, Pat, Gordon; Liz

Saturday 50K FR Men, Ladies:  Gordon 19th, Pat 25th, Andrew 31st; Caitlin 8th, Clare 9th, Liz 41st

 

 

WEEK OF FEB 10-16

 

Sochi, Russia (Olympic Winter Games – Nordic)

Tuesday FR Sprint: Ida 19th

Thursday CL 10K Individual: Ida 34th

 

Sochi, Russia (Olympic Winter Games – Biathlon)

Tuesday 10K Pursuit: Susan 18th (0+1+0+3)

Friday 15K Individual: Hannah 23rd (1+0+0+1), Susan 34th (1+1+2+1)

 

St. Paul, MN (US SuperTour)

Saturday CL Mass Start 10K Ladies, 15K Men: Caitlin 5th; Patrick 8th, Gordon 9th, Alex H 20th, Alex S 31st

Sunday FR Individual 5K Ladies, 10K Men: Caitlin 5th; Gordon 12th, Patrick 13th, Andrew 21st, Alex H 32nd, Alex S 33rd

 

Waterville Valley, NH (NENSA Eastern Cup)

Saturday FR 10K Mass Start: Pete 2nd

 

Holderness, NH (NENSA Eastern Cup)

Sunday CL 15K Individual: Pete 3rd

 

Czech Republic (Biathlon Czech Cup)

Saturday

Sunday

 

 

WEEK OF FEB 3-9

 

Sochi, Russia (Olympic Winter Games – Biathlon)

Sunday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 14th (0+1)

 

Meraaker, Norway (Scando Cup)

Saturday CL Sprint: Liz 45th

 

Craftsbury, VT (US SuperTour/Dartmouth Carnival)

Friday FR Individual 5K Ladies, 10K Men: Caitlin 2nd; Gordon 11th, Patrick 16th, Andrew 19th, Pete 33rd, Jake 38th

Saturday CL Individual 15K Ladies, 20K Men: Caitlin 5th, Patrick 4th, Gordon 14th, Andrew 19th, Pete 71st, Jake 73rd

Sunday FR Sprint Men, Ladies: Patrick 4th, Alex S 10th, Alex H 16th, Gordon 27th, Jake 34th, Andrew 37th, Pete 44th; Caitlin 3rd

 

 

WEEK OF JAN 27-FEB 2

 

Val di Fiemme, Italy (U23 World Championships)

Wednesday FR Sprint: Liz 39th

Saturday Skiathlon: Liz 41st

 

Craftsbury, VT (Craftsbury Marathon)

Saturday 50K CL: Gordon 1st

 

Stowe, VT (Eastern Cup/UVM Carnival)

Saturday CL Sprint Men, Women: Patrick 1st, Alex S 3rd, Alex H 12th, Pete 29th, Andrew 32nd; Caitlin 1st, Clare 4th

Sunday FR Individual 10K Men, 5K Ladies: Patrick 3rd, Alex H 12th, Andrew 13th, Pete 17th, Alex S 66th; Caitlin 1st, Clare 3rd

 

 

WEEK OF JAN 20-26

 

Jackson, NH (EISA Carnival)

Friday CL 5K Ladies, 10K Men: Caitlin 2nd; Pat 10th, Gordon 17th, Andrew 24th, Pete 42nd

Saturday FR Mass Start 15K Ladies, 20K Men: Caitlin 1st; Patrick 1st, Andrew 11th, Pete 49th

 

Jericho, VT (North American Biathlon Championships)

Friday 7.5K Sprint: Mike 2nd, Ethan 3rd; Clare 1st

Saturday Pursuit: Clare 1st; Ethan 1st, Mike 3rd

Sunday Mass Start: Ethan 1st, Mike 2nd; Clare 4th

 

 

WEEK OF JAN 13-19

 

Rumford, ME (Eastern Cup)

Saturday FR Mass Start 15K Men, 10K Ladies: Pat 4th, Gordon 5th, Jake 12th, Alex H 20th, Alex S 45th; Caitlin 1st, Liz 3rd

Sunday 10K CL Men: Pat 1st, Gordon 2nd, Jake 3rd, Alex S 6th, Alex H 12th

 

Valcartier, Quebec (NORAM)

Saturday Sprint 7.5K Ladies, 10K Men: Clare 1st; Mike 2nd, Ethan 3rd

Sunday Pursuit 12.5K Men, 10K Ladies: Clare 1st; Mike 1st, Ethan 2nd

 

Antholz-Anterselva, Italy (IBU World Cup 6)

Friday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 4th (0+0), Hannah DNF (broken rifle)

Saturday 10K Pursuit: Susan 24th (0+1+3+1)

Sunday Relay: USA Ladies 18th

 

 

WEEK OF JAN 6-12

 

Park City, UT (US National Championships)

Wednesday FR Mass Start Men 30K, Ladies 20K: Pat 36th, Andrew 62nd, Gordon 64th, Jake 68th, Pete DNF; Caitlin 5th, Liz 17th

Friday CL Sprint: Alex 8th, Andrew 23rd, Gordon 28th, Pat 42nd, Pete 52nd, Jake 59th; Caitlin 7th, Liz 10th

 

Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy (IBU Cup 4)

Monday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 13th (2+0)

Saturday 15K Individual: Hannah 10th (2+0+0+0)

Sunday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 36th (1+3)

 

Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic (FIS World Cup)

Saturday FR Sprint: Ida 50th

Sunday CL Team Sprint: Ida (+Sophie Caldwell) 6th

 

Ruhpolding, Germany (IBU World Cup 5)

Friday 15K Individual: Susan 41st (0+1+0+2)

Sunday 10K Pursuit: Susan 33rd (0+1+2+1)

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 30-JAN 5

 

Park City, UT (US National Championships)

Saturday CL Individual 10K Ladies, 15K Men: Caitlin 3rd, Liz 24th; Gordon 52nd, Andrew 58th, Pat 70th, Pete 86th, Jake 88th, Alex 100th

Sunday FR Sprint Men, Ladies: Pat 20th, Gordon 41st, Alex 45th, Jake 64th, Andrew 75th, Pete 101st; Caitlin 6th, Liz 9th

 

Oberhof, Germany (IBU World Cup 4)

Friday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 32nd (2+2)

Saturday 10K Pursuit: Susan 25th (0+0+3+1)

Women 12.5K Mass Start: (did not qualify)

 

Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy (IBU Cup 4)

Sunday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 15th (1+0)

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 23-29

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WEEK OF DEC 16-22

 

Craftsbury, VT (Eastern Cup)

Saturday FR Sprint Ladies, Men: Clare 1st; Pat 3rd, Alex S 4th, Alex H 5th, Jake 9th, Ethan 12th, Gordon 14th, Mike 20th, Pete 28th

Sunday CL Mass Start: (cancelled)

 

Asiago, Italy (World Cup)

Saturday CL Sprint: Ida 10th

Sunday CL Team Sprint: Ida (+Sophie Caldwell) 8th

 

Grand Rapids, MN (Biathlon IBU Trials, cont’d)

Monday Sprint 10K Men, 7.5K Ladies: Mike 7th (2+1); Clare 3rd (2+3)

Tuesday Mass Start 12.5K Ladies: Clare 2nd (0+2+4+3)

Wednesday Sprint 7.5K Ladies, 10K Men: Clare 1st (1+2); Mike 5th (1+0), Ethan 10th (3+3)

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 9-15

 

Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France (IBU World Cup 3)

Friday 4x6K Relay: USA 8th

Saturday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 60th (1+3), Hannah 77th (1+3)

Sunday 10K Pursuit: Susan 53rd, (Hannah did not qualify)

 

Davos, Switzerland (World Cup)

Saturday FR 15K: (Ida did not race)

Sunday FR Sprint: Ida 41st

 

Grand Rapids, MN (Biathlon IBU Trials)

Saturday Sprint Men 10K, Ladies 7.5K: Ethan 5th (2+0), Mike 9th (1+4); Clare 3rd (2+4)

 

Rossland, BC (NorAm)

Saturday FR Sprint Men, Ladies: Andrew 31st; Caitlin 4th, Liz 18th

Sunday CL 10K Ladies, 15K Men: Caitlin 7th, Liz 21st; Andrew 29th

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 2-8

 

Bozeman, Montana (US SuperTour)

Saturday CL Sprint: cancelled

Sunday CL Mass Start 15K Men, 10K Women: Gordon 10th, Andrew 12th, Pat 19th, Alex 23rd, Jake 24th, Pete 32nd; Caitlin 2nd, Liz 7th

 

Lillehammer, Norway (World Cup)

Saturday CL 10K: Ida 39th

Sunday 4x5K Relay: USA II 12th (including Ida)

 

Hochfilzen, Austria (IBU World Cup 2)

Friday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 66th (2+2), Hannah 71st (3+1)

Saturday 4x6K Relay: USA 8th (including Hannah and Susan)

Sunday 10K Pursuit: (no starters)

 

 

WEEK OF NOV 25-DEC 1

 

West Yellowstone, Montana (US SuperTour)

Friday FR Sprint: Alex 7th, Patrick 12th, Gordon 21st, Jake 32nd, Pete 42nd, Andrew 47th; Caitlin 5th, Liz 13th

Saturday FR Individual 10K Women, 15K Men: Caitlin 2nd, Liz 12th; Andrew 14th,  Pete 33rd, Gordon 34th, Patrick 40th, Jake 44th, Alex 70th

 

Kuusamo, Finland (World Cup)

Friday CL Sprint: Ida 16th

Saturday CL Individual 5K: Ida 35th

Sunday FR Pursuit 10K: Ida 51st

 

Oestersund, Sweden (IBU World Cup 1)

Thursday 15K Individual: Susan 58th (3+2+1+1), Hannah 80th (1+2+3+2)

Friday 7.5K Sprint: Susan 16th (0+1), Hannah 93rd (4+1)

Sunday 10K Pursuit: (cancelled due to weather)

 

 

WEEK OF NOV 18-24

 

Beitostolen, Norway (pre-World Cup FIS races)

Friday CL Individual 10K: Ida 29th (one of six Americans in top 30)

Sunday FR Sprint: Ida 13th

 

Idre, Sweden (IBU Cup 1)

Saturday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 26th (1+1 penalties)

Sunday 7.5K Sprint: Hannah 28th (2+3)

 

Oestersund, Sweden (IBU World Cup 1)

Sunday Mixed Relay: USA 12th (including Susan)

 

Some more on OPA Finals

21.Mar.2014 by Patrick O'Brien

Some more on OPA Finals. Everyone loves pictures!

Looking towards the stadium. The race course lapped over the access bridge to the start.

Looking towards the stadium in Valdidentro. The race course lapped over the access bridge to the start.

Skiing through the slop on Sunday

Skiing through the slop on Sunday

Heading out on the 3rd lap in the pursuit race

Heading out on the 3rd lap in the pursuit race

Waterskiing!

Waterskiing!

Contrast baths between races. Hot first

Contrast baths between races at our hotel. Hot tub first

Then cold + repeat

Then cold + repeat

There was also sauna and steam room in the spa

There was also sauna and steam room in the spa

And a shower bucket for in between sauna sessions

And a shower bucket for in between sauna sessions

I  wrote a quick race report from Sunday on the NNF page here. Check out the site for some other athlete reports from OPA and other NNF supported trips. Its really cool to see how much this organization is doing to support US skiing. And a huge thanks to the  techs/coaches for all the hard work they put in during the trip and Bryan Fish for pulling all the logistics together and making the trip happen!