On Sunday we wrapped up the annual fall training camp at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid, NY.
Time at the OTC: 12 days
# Training Sessions: 20
Total minutes spent in the ice bath: 64
Trips to Ben and Jerry's: 2
Number of Chobani's Consumed: 50+
Just kidding...probably only 20 Chobani's but it is definitely one of the perks of OTC living. Overall the camp went really well and included a mix of high volume training with some good intensity sessions. This was my fourth time coming to Lake Placid for fall camp but it was the first time I was actually there for the entire training period. In the past, because of school or space limitations, I have only been able to attend part of the camp so I was excited to stay for the entire training block this year.
|Coach Gus was psyched too! Some of the SMS ladies plus our super cool coach.|
|Finishing a couple hard weeks and still smiling :) From Left: Jessie, me, Liz, and Sophie. Photo: Matt Whitcomb|
|We had quite the crew for the week! Photo: Matt Whitcomb|
|Sophie the agility masta|
|A view! Something you don't always get in the east due to the many trees.|
The classic sprint day is always a challenging one for me and as per tradition the weather that day was pretty wet and miserable. This video shows what we were working with out there. Sometimes I felt more like I was swimming than skiing. It also made it very clear to me that skiing well in adverse conditions and on winding trails is something I can work on improving and renewed my focus on classic sprinting. Fortunately I have a few teammates who happen to be some of the best classic sprinters in the World (ahem..Andy Newell, Sophie Caldwell, Skyler Davis, Simi Hamilton... not that I am using names..) so hopefully I can practice skiing with them and pick up some tips over the next few weeks.
The last day of camp finished with the Annual Climb to the Castle roller-ski race, a 5mile uphill race from the bottom of Whiteface Mountain to the summit. I actually really enjoy this sort of race in that is is pretty much the opposite of classic sprinting (uphill, skating, straight, long). I finished in 8th place right behind my teammate Sophie. Liz Stephens, who has the nickname Mountain Goat, won the race by a huge margin, followed by Cailtin Gregg and Ida Sargent. Fun to finish a couple hard weeks at a Castle! Gus made a good short video of the day that is definitely worth checking out! Now for some R and R.
|Still smiling...sort of :)|
|Wet and muddy legs after the classic sprint|
|The Climb to the Castle course|
|Annie P. pretty happy to be at the top of the Climb!|