|Adult cabins are just a little bit nicer than the cabins of my youth summer camps|
|The s'mores have also gotten a little more gourmet since my days at camp|
Here is the "camp" breakdown for the past few weeks
1. Fast and Female Champ Chat: The Stratton EditionLast Sunday the SMS T2 girls hosted a Fast and Female event at Stratton with women of the Craftsbury Green Team. Jessie organized an awesome morning of tuna captivities for the girls including yoga, games, team-building, tasty snacks from J.J. Hapgood (sooo good!), and inspirational stories.
|The Fast and Female event started with some partner yoga courtesy of Tracy Black from Wild Wings Yoga. Tracy was incredible adept at keeping the attention of almost 50 young girls. Thanks for your help Tracy!|
|Lots of fun and games followed yoga including kick-ball slip'n'slide|
|Makin' a splash|
|A few of the girls-all smiles after tearing up the slip n' slide|
|Thumbs up for Fast and Female!|
2. Sprint Training with the men's Canadian National TeamThe men's Canadian National Team have been in town for the last two weeks so we have had a mini training camp and jumped into a few of their workouts with them. One of my favorites (and one of the hardest workouts we have had this summer) was a pace line sprint finish workout. After warming up with a sprint pre-lim, we completed 5-6 X 2 minute intervals. We skied in a tight pack with the leader hammering as fast as possible and everyone else following and trying to utilize the draft and conserve energy.
|The boys showing us how its done...ab muscles: 24 and counting...|
|Sophie and Jessie putting the hurt on during the last 20 seconds|
The workout was a great chance to practice skiing in a tight pack, finishing speed and also racing alongside some of the best sprinters in the world. Between the SMS T2 team and the Canadian Team we had 7 Olympians, 3 World Champions, and multiple World Cup medalists going all-out head to head. The junior campers watched the workout and then followed with similar set of intervals trying to mimic the pace and technique of the top dogs.
|Trying to hold on to Jessie during the final sprint|
|Kris Freeman, Simi Hamilton, Devon Kershaw, Ben Saxton, Alex Harvey, Ivan Babikov and Lenny Valjas getting after it|
3. Coaching with the SMS Summer CampsI also had the chance to be a counselor for the SMS Junior Camps this year and was really lucky to have an awesome group of 8 girls on "Team Erika." I was impressed by the girl's enthusiasm and energy at practices, focused training, and thoughtful questions. They made "coaching" easy and also really fun!
|The entire junior camp crew|
|"Team Erika" doing some specific arm strength with single-sticking|
|Easy distance skiing with some of the girlies|
I loved having the opportunity to work with them and share some of the things I've learned as an athlete both at the junior and elite level. I also found that "coaching" forced me to really think about my own technique and break it into the most basic building blocks. It is easy enough to look at someone else and say they aren't doing it right but its much harder to actually figure out what needs to change and how to make those changes.
|Working on double pole with Hannah|
|Skiing around with some of the younger BKL campers|
Thankfully, the girls were patient when I needed a few extra minutes to watch them ski or to think about how to communicate different technique ideas. They were also excited to try anything I threw at them, even when it didn't work.
|Pippin cruising during some skate speed intervals|
|Junior campers ski-walking up the mountain|
|Poppit and Sverre, some of the fearless coaches who lead both the Junior and BKL camps|
|Nice day for summiting Stratton|
|End of camp photo op|