The California crew has had a fabulous last couple of weeks out here in Truckee- we've had a couple big volume weeks as well as an intensity week and of course the ever important recovery weeks. Between workouts, Casey has actually been working, I have been thinking about working, and I have no idea what Phil has been up to. Most of the time, we are hanging out on the docks on Donner Lake, working on our tans and going for a dip (now that my battle wound is healed, I am greatly enjoying every opportunity to swim). The three of us, along with a couple of friends, also hit up In N' Out Burger in Reno (best invention in the west) followed by Harry Potter and then we snuck into Horrible Bosses- totally worth the late night. I have also been religiously following the Tour de France and have no idea what to do with my day now that it is over...
Our latest adventure was this morning, when we hiked/ran up Mount Lola. About 45 minutes into the workout, we hit huge snow fields and preceded to slip and slide up the mountain. Just below the summit, we hit a huge, almost vertical, snow wall which could only be overcome by crawling on hands and knees, digging your fingers into the snow, praying you didn't slip. Andrea
(Bud's daughter) wasn't so fortunate and just below the top, slipped and pummeled all the way down, taking me out on the way (those Bates skiers have it in for me). However, once we reached the top (9143 feet), we were greeted by incredible views of the Sierra Nevadas. Phil and
Casey found a kite and kept themselves entertained for a good bit. On the way down, the snow fields offered plenty of opportunities to practice our glisading (sliding down on our feet) or sledding on our backsides, my preferred method. A wonderful morning hike to celebrate Andrea's birthday!!
I hope you all are enjoying the summer and looking forward to school and fall training!!
Pic 1: Casey flying his kite
Pic 2: The group enjoying the view
Pic 3: climbing up the snow wall