This first week of camp in Alaska has been beautiful, fun, adventurous…and a lot of great training! Almost every day has included a running workout where we pick a new mountain, big or small, and go climb it! Or, we’ll do a fun running loop to a super cold lake where I’ll insist on jumping in to cool off, even if that lake is fed by glacial water. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, or running a temperature of 105*F all the time, but I swear a mid-run cold plunge feels pretty incredible.
It’s been so fun having Virginia De Martin Topranin here as our guest athlete for the camp! She is on the Italian National Team and we’ve raced with her for many, many World Cups. But it’s even better getting to know her in person! She’s funny, sweet and smart, and understands english so well that she knows all the slang and double meanings, which I think is really impressive!
We’ve tried to focus our intensity and speed workouts on roller skis, but keep a lot of the long slow distance training to running. Next week will be only skiing on the glacier and we want to keep those skiing muscles fresh and ready to rock and roll!
We brought the sunshine with us up here because we haven’t been rained out once despite rather scary forecasts. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for glacier week! It’s made for some incredible views of Denali and the surrounding mountain range and some really hot, sweaty and sunny workouts. This post will be mostly a photo diary of what we’ve been up to so far!
Our last day of the dry land part of camp, we did a really fun running over-distance adventure. We climbed up to the ridge and ran along the tops of the mountains towards Symphony lake and along Eagle river. It was amazing and inspiring and the views were prefect! There’s something pretty incredible about running along the tippy-top of the mountains and going up and over the dips along the way. It took us 4 hours round trip, but we ran into the parking lot smiling and giving out high fives at the end!
Tomorrow we’ll fly up to Eagle Glacier, where we’ll stay for the week and ski as much as we can! I’m really looking forward to it. Check back in a week for photos from the camp and updates!