Ok, people! It’s time to start up life on the road again…the glorified life saga of a ski bum continues!
This weekend it’s time to pack up my life into a duffel, a ski bag, and a oversize backpack and start going places. From now till April, the longest I’ll be in one place is 3 weeks! And the craziest part? I’m pretty psyched about it! First stop is Park City, for a USST camp, then Canmore to get on-snow at the glorious Frozen Thunder loop. It’s going to be an intense 3 weeks of training but I think we’re all up for the challenge.
As for the last week I’ve spent with the team in Stratton? Well, people have slowly been trickling out as we all have various stops to make on our way to Park City. Annie H and I had a nice few date nights in the house where we made ridiculously nice dinners, watched a movie and proceeded to get ready for bed by 9. We are such a wild and exciting bunch when it’s a big training week!
But, the week before we had Jason Cork join us for some quality training and technique help. It was so great to have him out here! Cork has written my training plan for the last 5 years, and although I work with a lot of coaches and take advice from all of them, it’s nice to have the guy writing my plan out here watching it executed in real time!
We did some hard bounding intervals up Stratton mountain earlier in the week, and it was the kind of workout that convinces you that your heart is going to grow at least another few mm wider to recover. Yikes!
The other interesting adventure the SMST2 Minnesotan girls had was the night we had a pet mouse! I named him Frederick but unfortunately he may have eaten something bad for him because he had a very short half-life. He joined us for a while and then we let him go outside, and it was an emotional farewell…until he started towards Annie, then there was a lot of squealing. Videos of our squeamishness can be found on Instagram. 🙂
We joined the SMS juniors for a fun over-distance workout that ended in Little Rock Pond…and the water was freezing but I had to go for one last jump off the rocks! We also made friends with a couple out taking their pack-goats for a training hike. That was pretty awesome, and Soph was ecstatic since goats are her favorite animal.
Lest you start to believe that all I do is make friends with animals, I should probably share that I had a lot of social time, too. We checked out the Peru fair, and there were SO many people there! The live music was awesome, and it was a beautiful day with all the leaves changing color.
I helped Annie with her thursday baking blog and we made a whole wheat honey loaf. It was very exciting, and like Annie said, she only “kneaded” a little help to make a loaf that would rise to the occasion!
Ok, time for me to get back to packing and cleaning! Happy weekend everyone!