Saturday, November 29, 2008
We did a relay time trial with UVM and Middlebury this morning. Each team consisted of 3 men or women, and each person on the team raced 7.5km before tagging off to the next teammate. No times were taken, the purpose for this "race" was for the athletes to get their race legs under them and their motors going, and just to give a real hard effort. Mission Accomplished!
The start of the race: Atay in the cow tights takes it out, with Evan just to the left of him in the red suit, follows.
Sarah and Maddy, who started together, raced the whole 7.5 km together and then sprinted neck and neck to the finish line.
Evan, Keith, Dmitri, Robby.
Alice and Coach Fisher soak up sun
No complaints about this day
A pic and video from yesterday afternoon:
A Most Impressive Effort award goes to Eric Anderson who hurt his shoulder two weeks ago (we won't embarrass him by saying how, but it involved rain, a bike, and a cell phone) and has been skiing the full 3.5 hours a day, every day, with no poles or one pole.
At the end of the classic ski yesterday the tracks started glazing and the kicking was tough. The girls decided to do some double pole speeds. Evan, with his infinite wisdom, decided to do several no wax, no pole, striding sprints.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A two hour ski in the morning followed by lunch, homework, and a quick nap, is followed by another 1.5 hr ski in the late afternoon, hot showers, a hearty dinner, and movies til bedtime. Life is good!!
We are joined here on Tug Hill Plateau by the Middlebury and UVM teams, as well several other clubs who are excited to leave the highway rollers behind for the holiday break.
We are thankful for so many things.
Liz and Holly at the front porch of Salmon Hills Lodge. Even the snowman is psyched about the skiing.
Evan against a backdrop of nordic paradise.
The boys get cozy as they crowd around a laptop screening between ski sessions.
Atay closes out the day with 4 hours of snow time.
Kirsten and brother Dane from Middlebury share a moment outside the lodge at the end of their ski.
Sarah, a Candian first-year and former "piner" tests out the horizontal glide.
Fiona and Dmitri fill their bellies with all the stuffin's at Thanksgiving Dinner
Monday, November 24, 2008
Emily explains the fixins'.The women discussed the racing schedule and racing opportunities for both carnival team members and development team members. Notably, the proceeds from mitten and hat sales, along with other concerted efforts spearheaded by Emily and Liz, will mean that it will be much cheaper and easier for development team members to race consistantly than in years past. We also discussed team goals for the upcoming season, and many of the veteran skiers reflected on lessons learned from years past.
All in all, there was good company and good feelings about the upcoming season.
Senior girls (and master chefs) Emily, Fiona, and Liz.
(Note: I posted the wrong recipe originally, without really looking at it. Below is the correct one. I hope I didn't screw up too many peoples' meals- my sister Roz definitely had a time of it the other night with the wrong recipe!)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Perhaps November is here to make us appreciate the winter fully. Perhaps without the darkness and despair the enjoyment would be dampened. Better one miserable month now than six in a row that are mediocre. And while it has been nighttime since 2:30 today, I know the sun will rise again (but probably not tomorrow, or the next day… or even for a week at this point, according to the forecast). So we must persevere, and have fun, and treat awful runs like adventures. We need to rejoice in the few friends we do have, and try to be supportive, to help each other through this month. And we can wear our team jackets, and wax the boards in the ski room, and listen to The Sounds, to start to get in the winter spirit.
November is half over already.
Slash shreds... and provides some insight.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Alice, Sarah, and Kirsten do a cool down as the sun sets on Petersburg Pass.
The last of five fitness tests ended yesterday, with a steep run/climb from the base of Hopkins Forest up to the Taconic crest and the top of Petersburg Pass. Records were shattered and nearly everyone improved their time from last year. As Coach Fisher reported:
We had 6 men and 7 women (including Aubrey and Katie) faster than last
years Winning time. Of the the 7 other team members who had previous times
5 improved these times, some by considerable margins. What does this tell us? We are fit, summer training, intensity blocks and general persistence in sticking to a plan does pay dividends!
Congratulations to all of you, you'll soon get to use this fitness skiing
behind the new groomer!
Last week, the skate time trial up Petersburg Pass was similiar huge success, more shattered records and a majority of the skiers achieving personal best times.
On this chilly morning Atay sets the time to beat, as he time trials alone.
Caleb shows superior speed on his way to the summit
Keith skis up one of the steepest passes on his way to a new PR and the 3rd fastest time of the trial
Kirsten, Alice, and Holly rock the cow in the lead pack of the women's trial.