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Archive for March, 2016

SuperTour Finals Week

31.Mar.2016 by Kaitlynn Miller

Despite the dismal winter we’ve had, SuperTour Finals was a resounding success and a fun end to the 2015/16 race season for the GRP skiers. It’s always great to race at home with friends and family lining the course! The groomers did an impressive job farming snow and we were able to race on a hilly and challenging 3.5k loop composed entirely of manmade snow. The weather cooperated, freezing overnight, and the many enthusiastic volunteers made the whole event run incredibly smoothly. Here’s a smattering of photos from the week. You can read, in more detail, about the first two races here (the individual skate and classic sprint) and the second two races here (the relay and the 30/50k classic). Also, you can view results here.

photo: Caitlin Patterson

Prior to the races, we hosted a Fast and Female event at the Center. We had over 80 girls in attendance! It was awesome to have so many women from other elite teams (as well as the U.S. Ski Team) help out as ambassadors. (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Reese Brown

Heather leading some of the Fast and Female participants up teaching hill (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Caitlin Patterson

Hallie and Katrina Howe heading up the “biathlon” station (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Caitlin Patterson

It was great to have so many Craftsbury juniors participating in the event! (photo: Caitlin Patterson)

photo: Reese Brown

Group shot! (photo: Reese Brown)

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Some of the elite team (and U.S. Ski Team) men hosted an afternoon speed camp for both boys and girls. Here are some participants heading through the snow tunnel in the upper soccer field.

photo: Reese Brown

Also prior the “real” races, was another fun event – the Dash for Cash. Here are Kait, Heather, and Quincy (Craftsbury BKLer) in their quartfinal heat. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

And Caitlin and Hallie (in the fancy red one-piece) during their quarterfinal (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Caitlin avoiding some chaos around the cone (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida sending it through the snow tunnel (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Both Ida and Heather made the final with Ida taking the win and Heather placing fourth (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

SuperTour Finals kicked off with a 10/15k individual skate race. Here’s Caitlin sporting the overall leader bib. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

The skate race was followed by a classic sprint the next day. Here’s Liz striding up Moss Run in her semifinal (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Here’s Ida in her semifinal followed by Caitlin and Kait (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida crossing the line in second! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

So much excitement! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Classic sprint podium (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

After a day off, racing action resumed with the team relay. With all the GRP men racing at Biathlon Nationals (which you can read about here), the GRP women had to compete on mixed relay teams.  Liz and Hallie formed the Green Buffalos with Colorado University skiers Petter Reistad and Mads Stroem. Here’s Liz tagging off to Mads. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Hallie skied a very strong anchor leg crossing the line in fourth. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Ida and Caitlin formed the Vailbury Green Team with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail skiers Noah Hoffman and Tad Elliot. Here’s Caitlin heading out on her anchor leg after being tagged by Tad. They finished second behind APU! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

SuperTour Finals wrapped up with the 30/50k classic. Here’s the start of the women’s 30k. (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Heather getting off to a good start (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

Lots of green suits in the chase pack! (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Reese Brown

Liz leading Erika Flowers (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Hallie striding up Screaming Mimi (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

In a 9-lap race, there are many opportunities to feed! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Reese Brown

Craftsbury junior Phoebe Sweet raced the 15k and finished 5th! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

Heather and Hallie skiing together mid-race (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Deb Miller

Kait, Ida, and Caitlin at the top of Screaming Mimi (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Deb Miller

Jumping for joy in the finish corral! (photo: Deb Miller)

photo: Reese Brown

Jessie Diggins won the 30k with Ida finishing second and Caitlin third!! (photo: Reese Brown)

photo: Deb Miller

One last team photo to finish out the season. Thanks to Pepa and Nick (as well as Ruth, Jake, and Anna – not pictured) for their support! Our skis were fantastic all week. Also thanks to Susan for coming out to cheer despite feeling under-the-weather. (photo: Deb Miller)

Rowing with the Gators: Weeks 2-7

27.Mar.2016 by Maggie Fellows

At Canal 54 the GRP rowers are training hard gearing up for Olympic Trials in a little over 3 weeks.  (Everyone except Parker and Andrew who finished up the National Selection Regatta in Chula Vista, CA this week with an 8th place finish in the pair and an invitation to the Princeton Big Boats Selection Camp.)

Here is an assortment of pictures–some old, some not so old…

Hugh

Hugh

Jamie/Liz W2x

Jamie/Liz W2x

me

me

Ben and Andrew during pre-practice meeting

Ben and Andrew during pre-practice meeting

Ben makes friends

Ben makes friends

Busy morning at C54 with some collegiate 8+ racing

Busy morning at C54 with some collegiate 8+ racing

Fellsmere Elementary school talk

Fellsmere Elementary school talk

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talk 2

Sebastian High School talk

Sebastian High School talk

Cool school

Cool school

Beautiful morning at C54.  15k of straight water

Beautiful morning at C54. 15k of straight water

Annndd plenty of beach trips!

Annndd plenty of beach trips!

We move on April 8th to Sarasota where Olympic Trials will be held.  Check the COC website for updates on trials racing starting the 18th!

Craftsbury Pair in California, NSR 1 Lead Up

18.Mar.2016 by Andrew Reed
Suited up for practice, in front of Newport Aquatic Center

Suited up for practice, in front of Newport Aquatic Center

Parker and I left Florida on a very high note after a very solid block of training where we saw good strides both in strength, speed, and boat skill. When we arrived in Florida we began a new training plan design by Dave Gleeson and Larry Gluckman. Though Parker and I were apprehensive about making large changes we have adapted very well to the new plan and have found his sweat-drenching lifting sessions to be particularly beneficial.

 

The trip to Newport Beach California, while a little circuitous, went smoothly.  We woke early last Monday morning (3:00 AM early) and drove Parker’s car to the Orlando airport parking, where we then hopped on a 7:00am flight to Seattle, the flight went smoothly and I did some reading, which was quickly disrupted by a showing of the new Star Wars movie.  A first viewing for Parker who enjoyed it very much despite a couple interruptions from a fairly large flight attendant passing out drinks.  In Seattle airport we did a quick dash to our terminal with a detour to Runway Burgers, whose prices felt more like runway robbery. We boarded or next flight and flew down to San Diego. From there we took a rental car and made a detour to take a quick look around Lake Otay and the Olympic Training Center.  Finally, we entered the home stretch and arrived at the Hogans’ house in Newport Beach.

 

The Hogans, John and Sue, are great.  They have welcomed us into their lovely home, which has been a perfect place for us to rest and also play with their three wonderful dogs: Merry, Henley, and Sammi. Additionally, they have treated us to some delicious home-cooked meals and a seemingly endless supply of hilarious stories.  Parker and I rowed with their son JP in college.  JP is a bit of a Newport rowing legend; winning Youth Nationals twice in the 8 and giving America its best ever result in the Junior Worlds pair.  Interestingly, while at Harvard, JP was my first major instructor in how to row the pair well. I remember morning sessions we spent doing release-to-catch drills finding that calm and confident entry into the water.  There is some sort of poetical significance that after helping me get my start in the pair, his family is helping Parker and I achieve our ultimate speed in the same boat class.

 

The training in California has gone smoothly.  We have been assisted by Steve Dani who helped us pick up our shell and allowed us to train out of the Newport Aquatic Center.  NAC has a terrific facility and while we initially struggled with the concept of tidal rowing, we have been able to get a lot of value out of both our steady state and more intense pieces.

 

In addition to training we have also been able to have some fun. We tried a bit of the local fair with Tom Graves as our guide; we hit a section of the beach that the Hogans affectionately called “the warzone,” although we found it to be rather tame; we went to Irvine Spectrum to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane in dazzling IMAX quality (a slight upgrade from the Bijou in Morrisville); and we were able to visit the JL Racing factory store and do some modeling as well as help make one of this year’s racing unisuits.

 

Leading up to the NSR next week we feel proud and confident in our speed and the work we have done. It can be difficult training in isolation, but the downside training separately has been mitigated by the awesome work we have done with our teammates. Back in Fellsmere we trained against Erik and Hugh, and on our last hard day we did some 2ks versus Willy and Steve, which really elevated our performance. Here in Newport Harbor we did competitive pieces with Tom. We know our speed, now its time to execute and find out the speed of the competition.

 

Lake Otay

Lake Otay

Hogan family dogs. Merry, Henley, and Sammy

Hogan family dogs. Merry, Henley, and Sammy

Another pic of the cuddle monsters.

Another pic of the cuddle monsters.

Pudgy the weight room pug

Pudgy the weight room pug

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JL Racing factory floor!

Fresh gear being made at the JL Racing factory store

Fresh gear being made at the JL Racing factory store

Steve's racing shell from the 2013 Chungju World Championship. Now being used by the US training center with GRP sticker still intact!

Steve’s racing shell from the 2013 Chungju World Championship. Now being used by the US training center with GRP sticker still intact!

 

 

 

 

Toblach Mini-Tour

15.Mar.2016 by Liz Guiney

We arrived in Toblach, Italy last Monday to some of the first full-winter I’ve seen all season. It was dumping snow on the drive in and we had already had some reports from Emily, who was in nearby Antholz training for IBU Cups in biathlon, that the skiing was epic. We saw the two foot high snowbanks, but it wasn’t until the next day that we got to play in the winter wonderland.

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Lago Dobbiaco just up the pass from Toblach, on a distance ski during one of our first days

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Heather loving the sunshine and schnee

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Craftsbury General Store hats making their way across the pond! (Photo Heather)

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A perfect day for a long classic cool-down (Photo Heather)

Toblach (also known by its Italian name Dobbiaco) is nestled in the northern Dolomites right on the Austrian-Italian border. Known for their sharp protruding peaks, the Dolomites fit into a postcard perfect view of ski vacations in Europe, and with the new snow we were in skier heaven! Add to that all the pizza, pasta, prosciutto, and gelato we could stomach, and we were definitely living the dolce vita.

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They don’t mess around with food in Italy- here’s a typical family style dinner with 5 course: “greetings from the kitchen”, soup, pasta, a main course (salad in this case, usually some sort of meat and starch), and of course, dessert!

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The barnyard in the middle of Toblach, complete with sheep, chickens, and ducks. These two little lambs had energy for days

However, we were there to race, and although we got the trails to ourselves for the first few days eventually the European teams started trickling in. The trails in Toblach definitely get a lot of use- first and foremost for World Cups and also as a perennial stop on the Tour de Ski. Although the Tour didn’t use this section in 2016, the pursuit start from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Toblach up and over the mountain pass has got to be one of the more unique World Cup stage events.

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Advertisement for the Tour de Ski, which passed through Toblach in early January

Anyways, back to our races! The last weekend of OPA Cups is run as a mini-tour, meaning that all the times from all the events are added together for an overall tour standing at the end of the weekend. The first race of the weekend was a 2.5k skate prologue, which is a strange in between distance that we rarely race but can be either fun or disastrous, depending on pacing. I’m sure the rowers could give us some tips on that one. The next day we raced a 10k classic individual, and then the following day a 10k skate pursuit, where our start order was based off our time back from the previous two races combined. In that format, whoever crosses the line first wins the overall tour.
Overall, the Americans held their own in the mini-tour, especially in the junior women’s field where Julia Kern powered her way to 2nd overall in the tour. The junior men were also strong, and the senior women, including Heather and I, had some solid results and some that left a little to be desired, but still ended up in the top 30. To see a write-up of results and link to FIS, check out our news section here.

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Ski testing in the stadium prior to the prologue and couldn’t be happier! (Photo Julia Kern)

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Heather cruising into the stadium on pursuit day (Photo Julia Kern)

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Packing skis is an art form (Photo Julia Kern)

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New friends on the Austrian team courtesy of a little uniform exchange, love that they’re now repping National Nordic Foundation!

We tried to get our fill of winter because it sounds like the East is ready to move on to spring. We still have 4 more races in the season and Craftsbury is determined to pull them off. Stay tuned for updates from SuperTour Finals, where we’ll have the entire team back together after World Cups and OPA Cups and we’ll be looking to end the season on a high note!