|They look so cute (from the safety of the house)!|
We are headed to the glacier today where I've been told there is no internet or cell service so here's a short little blog with some things I've been loving lately and a quick re-cap of the the U.S. Ski Team Women's Camp Alaska Edition so far....
Seven on Sunday
1. Epic mountain runs
|The running crew before heading up into the mountains (Liz Stephen photo)|
|Me, Holly Brooks also the latest and greatest Mt. Marathon champion, and U.S. Women's Ski Team coach Matt Whitcomb (Liz Stephen photo)|
|The view partway up (Liz Stephen photo)|
|And a second lookout point nap on on the moss (Liz Stephen photo)|
|Matt and me cresting the first ridge line (Liz Stephen photo)|
|Slightly miss-timed jumping photo. Fun running/hiking/rock scrambling adventure with all these awesome women plus Matt (lucky guy I think ;) (Liz Stephen photo)|
2. Our new SMS T2 website!!! New and improved and updated on the regular.
3. This tough cookie:
|Jessie Diggins didn't even shed a tear after tearing open her knee on a rock.|
|This lil baby needed 6 stitches!|
|Still cool as a cucumber :)|
3. My latest baking inspiration thanks to Annie Hart and the Earth Sky Time Farm in Manchester, VT.
4. How to win a 100 mile trail marathon via former skier and BSF teammate Stephanie Howe
5. Flowers in salads
On Wednesday, the APU/USST physical therapist Zuzana had all of the women over to her house for an awesome dinner that included fresh Alaskan salmon and a salad with flowers from her garden! They actually taste really good and have a bit of a bite, kind of like a radish. Thanks for the beautiful and tasty meal! Huge thank you to the Schumacher family as well as Sadie for hosting some wonderful dinner parties this week! Tasty meals with friends seems like a great way to end a hard training day.
6. Working towards that Wheaties Box
The training side of things has been busy this week with two sessions a day and everything from level 4 hill bounding intervals, to threshold skate intervals, to double pole speeds and some solid level 1 distance work. The best part is having the opportunity to train with a number of new training partners including 3-time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion Kikkan Randall and Norwegian National Team member Celine Brun-Lie. She has a wikipedia page. I think that is going on my goal list right next to "getting on a box of Wheaties" (or Lucky Charms...that means you've really made it BIG TIME).
|The final climb of a 2.5 hour skate roller ski|
7. Making a case for coaching.
Interesting (and somewhat lengthy article) that is well worth a read. Big shoutout to Matt Whitcomb, Jason Cork, and Erik Flora for helping coach and support this Alaska camp! Speaking of coaching, I'm not sure I ever formally announced the new SMS T2 team coach: Patrick O'Brien! After two awesome years with Gus, he has decided to use his brain and skills in another way and is in the process of applying for business school. I am incredibly sad to see him go but also excited to have Patrick join our team and have really enjoyed working with him so far this summer.
Alright gotta go get ready to board a helicopter and head to the Eagle Glacier!!!