We have had an amazing camp so far and the athletes are still going strong. Yesterday morning we did a tough bounding session working on skiing with poles. Craftsbury has many excellent hills for getting the heart rate up and we found one that was particularly appropriate for our session. Here is a gallery of photos of the kids.
After the bounding we played a game of touch football. Coach Alison caught the tying touchdown on this play.
We are burning up to 2000 calories per workout and the food at Craftsbury has been a hit. The athletes are getting a nice mix of proteins, fats, and carbs. The cookies are not bad either!
After lunch we headed out for an over distance roller ski on a beautiful Vermont backcountry road. Alison and Lisa worked with the first timers while I took the intermediates and Kathy took the experts on a long ski. We are doing a good deal of work with our Suunto Ambit 3 heart rate monitors. Yesterday we worked on building our aerobic base by keeping their pulse rates under around 165 beats per minute. After dinner we did circuits in the gym with the Holderness team. We collaborate with Holderness whenever we can and the athletes seemed to have a good time during the intense strength circuits.
After some good sleep we awoke to sun this morning. The veteran roller skiers headed back out for another over distance ski, this time focusing on double pole strength. I had a blast with Will, Mark and Fiona. Check out the gallery from our ski! Click to scroll through.
Alison stayed behind to work with Geoffrey and Teddy on the small pile of manmade snow. They did great! Click on these two pics.
This afternoon we had the pleasure of being introduced to the sport of biathlon. For the Nordic countries biathlon is almost an obsession. It combines cross country skiing with target shooting and takes immense skill and endurance. Sam from the Craftsbury Green Team was a great teacher and our kids were quick learners. We started out with a safety session and introduction to the sport in the Nordic Center.
Viivi, our Finnish exchange student, was excited to see a Finnish national hero in the Olympic video that Sam showed us to teach us about the sport. Viivi said the biathlete is one of the most popular athletes in Finland. We then jogged out the to the biathlon range and learned more about gun safety before breaking into teams of two and running a biathlon relay incorporating running and shooting. The athletes shot at five targets and ran a short loop for every target they missed. The competition was fierce. Ryan shot "clean" never missing a target! I think all of us gained an appreciation for the sport.
We are about to head over to a well earned dinner before having a waxing clinic tonight. We are hoping that they make more snow and groom a small area for us to ski! All in all it was a great day. I think most of us are more exhausted from the laughter than from the training and we have been training hard!