With my desire to go out and roller ski dwindling and my itch for snow getting stronger I know winter is coming. In Park City, we have had a lack of natural snow the last few weeks. However that has been made up for in snow making in most areas. The temps so far this fall have been fairly decent for snow making. The hill crews at the jumps only have a few more days of work before the hill will be ready. We are hoping to be on snow by late next week.
As the new equipment for the season roles in it means only one thing, "prep work" most of this week for me has been preparing skis, cutting poles and trying the new jackets, pants, etc. Nothing worse then packing all your new gear up for the first time and getting to the competitions only to discover that it doesn't fit or has not been set up properly. So check and double check always ensures I am good to go.
This week of training has been relatively easy compared to the last month. When I last updated we were on an intensity block starting in Chicago and ending in Lake Placid, NY. Since our return to Park City, UT our team has been packing in the volume. With all the time in the day pretty much spent on skis, bikes, or running. If you follow my Twitter account you may have seen some of the workouts I have done. I have been posting them up on Twitter occasionally now that I have a GPS it is really easy for people to see where we went and what kind of training it was. The GPS is really cool simply because it maps everything, shows speeds, distance, and everything else in between. If you dont follow me on Twitter click the link on the side of this blog and it will take you right there!
Next week is our last week of hard training before we take off for Kuusamo. I couldn't be more excite to get over there. From everything I have heard Kuusamo is warm this year which will be in interesting change from the normal -35 degrees Celsius. However with warmer temps suddenly snow and wind becomes a problem so we will see what kind of mix we end up getting over there. Regardless of the weather, the team and I will be prepared. I think our team has put in some serious work this summer, now its time to capitalize on what we set out to do. So stay tuned for more frequent updates this winter. I will be updating every weekend with results and quick synopsis's of our comps. Until then I will be putting the final touches on my training and gear!