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GRP Ski: A Whirlwind Lake Placid Week

21.Jul.2018 by Caitlin Patterson

Seven of the GRP skiers just returned from a week-long camp in Lake Placid, NY. There’s nothing quite like travelling to make you happy to return home, but we also had an awesome week training with friends from the Stratton T2 team and the US Ski Team.

The week flew by, but was also jam-packed with activities: from Friday July 13th to Friday the 20th, 6 rollerskis including 3 intensity sessions, 3 long runs, and 3 hard strength sessions.  Interspersed with the training was cooking, swimming, lounging on couches and in hammocks, watching an evening concert, watching part of the Harry Potter movie marathon on TV, mini golf, and lots of sleeping.  The camp was a great opportunity to get together with the athletes of Stratton, and to train in new places with interesting variations on the workouts. The team sprint workout on Sunday was the first time this year that any of us had been on a rollerski track, and it’s always surprising how much different the turns and rollers of a track are from straight country roads!

For me personally, there were a few notable highlights to the camp. Our L3 skate rollerski workout on Thursday July 19th was a highly beneficial session, where I was able to work on skiing in a pack and the accelerations and pace changes that result from rolling terrain. I was pleased with how I was able to push through some early leg stiffness, start to relax, and catch back up to a fast group to ski out the rest of the 10×5 minute intervals. Another highlight was a long 4hr run around the Adirondacks to the top of Mt Marcy and out past Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake, treated to beautiful views of mountains and waterfalls. I did miss running with the women and catching up with them during the run, as I decided to run with the men’s group and be the map-reader to lead us around the loop, but we had an excellent and amusing run.

Lowlights… a camp wouldn’t be real without a few of those too. Smacking my shins on a wooden box during strength box jumps, and then falling and scraping my shin during a run; those two instances definitely take the cake for low points and extreme discomfort. Oh well, skin heals!

We’re back in Vermont now, finishing off our week of training with a 4hr OD this morning. I’m enjoying the easy lake access for swimming, the good pavement, visiting with our biathlete teammates, and seeing the latest progress on the dining hall renovation project. Next up — a restful Sunday and then 2 more big weeks of training coming soon!

Team sprint workout start. L-R of the skiers crouched to start: Lina Sutro (our GRP summer training partner), Kelsey Phinney, Liz Guiney, Katharine Ogden, Caitlin Patterson, Alayna Sonnesyn. Photo: Matt Whitcomb

Ida Sargent leads a loop of the Team Sprint workout, with Julia Kern, Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins. Photo: Pat O’Brien

Ben Lustgarten charging around the sprint course at the Lake Placid rollerski track. Photo: Pat O’Brien

Both in pink tank-tops, Liz (back left) and Caitlin (front right) holding their own during the team sprint workout. Photo: Pat O’Brien

Let’s not forget our fearless leader, Pepa! Excellent coaching support for the camp, as usual! Pictured with L-R Adam, Ben, Akeo

Ben and the guys heading for the fire tower on Hurricane mountain

Starting the descent off Mt Marcy

Men’s cruise on rollerskis. Photo: Matt Whitcomb

Women’s double pole train on an easy distance session. Thanks to all the great athletes for sharing the road, and to the coaches for supporting our training! Photo: Matt Whitcomb

 

Alaska summer training with the USST camp

13.Jul.2016 by Caitlin Patterson

Since last Tuesday, July 5th, I’ve been in Anchorage, Alaska. This city is where I attended high school, and where I returned during the summers between my college years. So it’s familiar, though different without my parents here anymore (they’ve relocated to Montana), and it’s great to visit the places and people I know up here. But really, I’m in Alaska primarily to join the US Ski Team training camp – we’ve had a week of dry-land training in town, and tomorrow morning we’re flying up to the Eagle glacier for a week of on-snow training. During this week we’ve fit in quite a few running workouts, classic rollerski speeds, L3 skate rollerski intervals, L4 bounding intervals and strength workouts. And a week of Alaska summer wouldn’t be complete without a few extracurricular evening activities making use of the long hours of daylight. Below is a summary of the week’s activities, in photos:

Catching the guys' interval sessions, after I've finished my own. Skate L3 intervals with speeds/sprints at the end. Enjoyed the opportunity to frame the guys with flowers.

Catching the guys’ interval sessions, after I’ve finished my own. Skate L3 intervals with speeds/sprints at the end. Enjoyed the opportunity to frame the guys with flowers at Kincaid Park.

When you've been away it's easier to notice the details of a place, like the mini AK tundra, as highlighted when blueberry picking

When you’ve been away it’s easier to notice the details of a place, like the mini AK tundra, as highlighted when blueberry picking

Low bush blueberries, not easy to pick but tasty!

Low bush blueberries, not easy to pick but tasty especially by the handful!

Bounding session, great to follow these 3 speedy women - Rosie, Liz, Virginia, me (in pink). Screenshot from USST video clip

Bounding session, great to follow these 3 speedy women – Rosie, Liz, Virginia, me (in pink). Screenshot from USST video clip

Classic rollerski speed session. Screenshot from USST video clip

Classic rollerski speed session. After getting used to the quiet Vermont roads, it was kind of eye-opening to return to the city-scape of Anchorage, where there are so many more cars, intersections, obstacles, terrain. All fun but a little overwhelming! Screenshot from USST video clip

Finishing off a skate interval with the strong women's group. Screenshot from USST video clip

Finishing off a skate interval with the strong women’s group. I’m in the neon tank with the circle-cedar leaf on the back. Screenshot from USST video clip

Powering through the flats in skate intervals. Screenshot from USST video clip

Powering through the flats in skate intervals, myself followed by Virginia (Italian World Cup skier guest of this camp). Screenshot from USST video clip

Becca focuses on the rocky problem during an evening climbing session with Scott and I on the Turnagain Arm near Anchorage

Becca Rorabaugh focuses on the rocky problem during an evening climbing session with Scott and I on the Turnagain Arm near Anchorage. Thanks Becca for hosting me during the dryland section, great company, food, and training!

Scaling the rock

Scaling the rock. I don’t have much experience rock climbing but every time I’m able to dabble in it, I’m freshly hooked to want to climb more!

Scott on belay, and giving us advice about how to figure out a way up the wall

My brother Scott on belay, and giving Becca and I advice about how to figure out a way up the wall

On the top of Wolverine peak near Anchorage

On the top of Wolverine peak near Anchorage. Photo: Matt Whitcomb

Women's camp crew near the start of our ridge run above Symphony Lake

Women’s camp crew near the start of our ridge run above Symphony Lake. Photo: Matt Whitcomb

Rosie Frankowski cruising the ridge

Rosie Frankowski of APU, cruising the ridge on our running OD past Symphony Lake

My brother and I, (not) nailing the jump. Scott decided to pull a best-girl-imitation jump, and I just didn't make it very far off the ground or something.

My brother and I, (not) nailing the jump. Scott decided to pull a best-girl-imitation jump, and I just didn’t make it very far off the ground, or something…

Bounding down the springy tundra towards Symphony Lake

Bounding down the springy tundra towards Symphony Lake

Must cool off! With about an hour still to run, most of us resorted to the head dunk rather than a full swim in Symphony Lake. We swam in a creek once we made it to the parking lot.

Must cool off! With about an hour still to run, most of us resorted to the head dunk rather than a full swim in Symphony Lake. We swam in a creek once we made it to the parking lot.

That’s the week in a nutshell, and now it’s glacier time, can’t wait!

Summer for a Skier

10.Jul.2015 by Susan Dunklee

Spring is the time for recovery, summer is the time to put in the work, fall is for fine tuning and winter is racing. People are often surprised when we tell them that we do the bulk of our training hours in the summer months. We build a solid foundation of aerobic fitness and strength with long hours of rollerskiing, running, biking, hiking, and lifting. We work hard and we keep it fun.

For over five years, I have spent my summers split between training in Lake Placid, New York with the National Biathlon Team and in Craftsbury, Vermont with the Green Racing Project, my home ski club and a place I love dearly. Since they are only three and a half hours apart I can go back and forth often during the year.

Training with the National Team
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Exploring the New York Adirondack mountains early summer with the team and Andrea

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Normally we travel to Bend, Oregon in May to get in some skiing but we stayed east this year due to lack of snow. Instead we did a road biking camp near Middlebury

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Lunch break, post bike ride

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One major benefit of Lake Placid is training at a shooting range attached to a rollerski loop

Training with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project

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Alright, maybe we should rollerski longer if we have this much energy post workout

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Helping out with an introductory kids’ biathlon camp

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On the road in Greensboro

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Does anybody else out there still love animal crackers?

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We normally shoot only biathlon rifles, but for 4th of July celebrations Craftsbury biathletes have a tradition of cross training by shooting a wider variety of rifles, shot guns and pistols.

Adventures Elsewhere

June was a busy month for weddings. Two former Craftsbury teammates got married in Wisconsin and two former biathlon teammates got married in Idaho. (Congrats to the happy couples!) Hannah and I spent a week in Idaho doing a high volume block of training between the weddings. Many thanks to Mikey Sinnott and his family, the Sun Valley ski team, and the folks at Elephant’s Perch for welcoming us!

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Skiing with the Sun Valley team

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Everyone told us Sun Valley’s wildflowers were the best they’d seen in years. I might have been so distracted that I flipped over the handlebars. Twice. (credits for these last pics: Hannah)

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Time in the mountains is good for the soul

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Han and I on the summit of Hyndman Peak