Snow is in the air. Our September intensity block is far behind us and the colourful leaves have been replaced by frosty mornings. After a solid block of time trails and multiple intensity session a week, the team switched gears to long slow distance and lots of it. My past few weeks have been spent in the lovely Park City area. This year was my third time doing a fall training camp in Park City and for once I didn’t bring enough warm clothes. Our first week was typical bluebird skies, long roller skis up the many mountain passes and a z3/4 interval session down in North Salt Lake. It was great to have a big training group again with the three National Training Centres coming together for the camp. Just like in Mt. Tremblant this summer I was able to ski and run with different people almost every session. On our rest day we played our annual football game since we were in American and all and I managed to get a minor sunburn before the winter weather moved in.
|Our training view most days!|
The second week treated us to a drop in temperature and lots of precipitation. One hour into our planned 4hr roller ski up big cottonwood canyon we were skiing through ankle deep snow/slush. Our ski may have been cut short but the mountain run through the snow-covered forest that followed might just have been my favourite workout of the camp. There wasn’t anything special about this run except for the fact that running through the snow thinking about how soon winter will be here go me so amped for the race season. And of course snowy conifers and bright yellow aspens look so beautiful together.
It’s only two weeks until our first official time trials in Canmore and just over a month until my first race of the season in Europe and I can’t wait. All the hard work has been put in and now it is time to rest a bit, refine my race speed and make sure my body is ready for the busy winter schedule. After our snow day the sun came back out and we finished the camp with some more awesome roller skis and runs. We capped off the camp with a classic sprint time trail at Soldier Hollow on a course similar to the one we will race at the Junior/U23 World Championships which they are hosting this winter. All in all Park City was a very positive camp, I was able to get in one last big volume block before the race season, refine my striding technique on all the long mountain passes and get myself super excited for the race season.
|5hrs and 3500meters, Mirror Lakes is always a favourite workout!|
|The view from 3500meters|
|Finishing the camp with a beauty hike|
|Cendrine and I made some new friends post workout|
Post camp I went down to sea level to Tofino, BC to splash around in the waves on my surfboard and recharge my battery after living and training above 2000m for two weeks.
Now as I drive back to Canmore to get ready for a week of testing I’m dancing a little in the car because Frozen Thunder opens in a week and Lake Louise is looking rather wintery already so we could be skiing on Moraine Lake road very soon! October 28 kicks off the race season with a distance time trial on Frozen Thunder followed by my teams fall fundraiser dinner. The Alberta World Cup Academy is hosting A Taste of Fall four-course dinner with wine pairing and an amazing silent auction. Plus you get to spend the evening with my wonderful team. If you are interested tickets can be found here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=13451&lan=1&cartlevel=1
If you are in Calgary or the Bow Valley on the 28th please come out and join us in celebrating the start of a new ski season! Today marks one month until I leave for Europe, so bring on winter.
|First signs of winter on the Moraine Lake road!|
|Thanksgiving dinner in Tofino!|
|A misty morning on the water|
|I love hiking in BC, there's alway new gems to discover!|
Thanks for reading, until next time with adventures and tales from Europe,