Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Training

Hello Williams Ski Team Followers!

We've had a great first 4 weeks of official practice and I have a few pictures on my phone that I wanted to share, plus some of the new trail work at Prospect. The team is looking very fit and we're working our way through a tough 3 week training cycle right now. The weather has been hit or miss, but we've been getting in high quality workouts nonetheless! We're excited to keep building fitness throughout November as we head to our first on snow camp at Craftsbury over Thanksgiving.

Perry has been hard at work in the ski room hallway

Nice work Mr. Thomas!!

Women's team on top of Pine Cobble
during a distance workout

Eliza, Olivia, Hannah B., Rebecca, Sarah A. Jenna, Kristin
Heidi and Sarah B.

Men's team looking highly
visible in Pownal

Wrapping up at dusk after L4 Intervals
on Whitman Rd

Schnell Preview = WET and FOGGY
The trail was really slippery, so we had to switch workouts to the strength test followed by the Pine Cobble Hill Climb. Results coming soon!

The weather was much nicer on Monday
for agility and speed training

Know the spot? Thank you Tom and Liz!

Downhill Slalom

Will working the downhill

Hans, Luke and the boys

Will leading the men's team
in 4x10 Threshold Intervals

The foliage is still beautiful!

Coach Thomas hitting the dining hall
during our hazing meeting. For the record
I am not forcing Perry to eat
Lucky Charms and drink
coffee at the same time...after dinner
The trail work continues at Prospect. It is going to be a blast to ski these trails this winter!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Greylock Rollerski Race

Sunday, October 19, 2014.  Notch Road, Williamstown Massachusetts - Mount Greylock.  9 o-clock in the morning, the Team, as well as several other die-hard cross-country skiers, began the ascent up Greylock on roller skis.  Most skated, some classic skied due to injury.  The wet, leaf littered, winding, and steep road provided a challenging race course.

At the start.

Men's Winner - Jordan Fields

2nd - Will Wicherski

3rd - Vanya Rybkin

Women's Winner - Sarah Abramson (Classic)

2nd - Hannah Benson

3rd - Olivia Meyerson

Overall Results


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trail Work at Prospect

Bud and I traveled up to Prospect today.  They are currently hard at work on the new homologated 5k course.  New culverts are being put in place for optimal drainage.  New trails are being cut.  Current trails are being widened and smoothed out.  We are going to have some killer skiing at Prospect!  I'm really impressed with all the work that's being done, and excited to ski on the new trails this winter.

Looking up the screamin' decent into the stadium.

Banked corner going into final decent.

Drainage, drainage, drainage!

Working new trail.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

First week of practice

The first week of practice is in the bank.  The team worked hard, and did a great job of transitioning into a tough week of training accompanied by class and school obligations.  Monday, Jason and I ran everyone through some skate agility, which the team then followed up with a fun game of soccer.  Tuesday, we brought the team to some new pavement, where they crushed some threshold skate intervals, and wednesday was a distance double-pole ski.

The women skiing through the one-legged slalom.

Jason leading the men through the slalom course.

On Thursday, we decided to hit it hard with some L4 bounding at the notorious Sheep Hill.
Luke leading Eli, myself, Jordan, and Hans with the women right behind us!

Men and women hammerin'!

In a world of pain, amidst the changing leaves.

Tsaina, Eliza, Sarah B., Hannah B., Kristin, and Olivia - Happy cool down jog!

We took it easy Friday with a run/ski combo.
Jack Schrupp a.k.a. "Joey Fresh"

Women - Stridin and glidin!

Men - Double-poling through the colors!

Team - Switching classic roller skis to running.

Happy weekend!  Get outside and enjoy the foliage!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gotta get fit somehow!!

The bar has been set!

Coach and I busted out the Canadian Strength test, followed by the Pine Cobble hill climb this morning.  Let's just say, I'm pretty sure we won't be able to fit through traditional doorways because our arms are so big after doing the strength test, and our lungs just about exploded at the top of Pine Cobble...Soooo it was pretty awesome!

The Team starts official practice tomorrow, and we are SO excited!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ski team does good things

On Wednesday the crew split in two to help out with the Greylock A Better Chance tag sale. Technically an off day, but we put in a good sweat effort hauling boxes, racks of clothes, and tables around the Congo church for ABC's biggest fundraiser of the year. 

Signing in for one of the wallet-emptying perks of volunteering: early tag sale access. If you see any weird fashions on here, chances are good they probably came from the tag sale. 
Wonder what the heart rate monitor says about the stair climbing workout... 
All before a beautiful sunset and dinner outside.