The PG Perspective: Ian’s summer report

“Living the Dream while Chasing the Dream”

Here we are halfway through summer training out in Stratton Mountain, Vermont with the T2 team, and with 1 month down and 1 month to go before I head up to NMU, here’s an update on life out east.

Training has been going very well and the hours have been stacking up and I’ve been feeling stronger and most importantly, staying healthy. My technique is coming along thanks to Coach O’ Brien’s (Cooooach Herb as we like to call him à la Herb Brooks from Miracle) work and impressive video compilations he shoots whether he’s driving the van, biking, or rollerskiing alongside. Living and training alongside Olympians and future Olympians has been a great experience especially when you realize that they aren’t as intimidating as you would think (although Simi is pretty big) but rather welcoming and friendly people who just train really hard and have a passion for skiing.

Not everyone was as excited to be in Vermont as I was.
Not everyone was as excited to be in Vermont as I was.

Getting more and more stoked to head up to NMU and start training and school with the guys up in Marquette but until then, here are some pictures of the past month!

First workout bounding up Stratton Mountain with Koby.
First workout bounding up Stratton Mountain with Koby.
Top of Stratton Mountain.
Top of Stratton Mountain.
  Chasing Simi during the first rollerski.
Chasing Simi during the first rollerski.
Didn’t even know the guy in the aisle next to me on the plane out to Vermont was the lead guitarist of Medicine For the People until Coach O’Brien and I went to the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain and saw him play live!
Didn’t even know the guy in the aisle next to me on the plane out to Vermont was the lead guitarist of Medicine For the People until Coach O’Brien and I went to the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain and saw him play live!
Great first OD.
Great first OD.
Jessie sendin’ it cliff jumping during the first OD.
Jessie sendin’ it cliff jumping during the first OD.
Practicing classic starts with Simi and Jessie.
Practicing classic starts with Simi and Jessie.
No pole double pole starts because if both our poles break during the start of a classic sprint we’ll be ready.
No pole double pole starts because if both our poles break during the start of a classic sprint we’ll be ready.
Official USSA certified double pole test starter Isabel Caldwell giving me the countdown.
Official USSA certified double pole test starter Isabel Caldwell giving me the countdown.
 Pikes River Falls: one our favorite places to cool off post workout.
Pikes River Falls: one our favorite places to cool off post workout.
Rolling through the first mile of the uphill run test with Benjamin
Rolling through the first mile of the uphill run test with Benjamin
First thing Ben did when he moved into the guys house #merica
First thing Ben did when he moved into the guys house #merica
Quick river dip during halftime of USA–Belgium to let off the tension from the game.
Quick river dip during halftime of USA–Belgium to let off the tension from the game.
Coach Herb took us for donuts after a workout!
Coach Herb took us for donuts after a workout!
Great to have Torstein Brinkema from back home visit during his vacation and join us for a bound up the mountain.
Great to have Torstein Brinkema from back home visit during his vacation and join us for a bound up the mountain.
7 minutes bound up, 3 minutes run down, repeat until you reach the summit.
7 minutes bound up, 3 minutes run down, repeat until you reach the summit.
Following and getting dropped by two of the better double polers around
Following and getting dropped by two of the better double polers around
Ball Mountain Dam is a beaut
Ball Mountain Dam is a beaut
Night swimming and Supermoon adventures with Ben.
Night swimming and Supermoon adventures with Ben.
Could get used to living with the Annies while the guys are in Alaska! Thank “Mom”/Annie P for the unreal cinammon rolls.
Could get used to living with the Annies while the guys are in Alaska! Thank “Mom”/Annie P for the unreal cinnamon rolls.
Thank you to the Craftsbury Green Racing Project team for letting us stay and train with you for a few days. Loved seeing Coach’s old stomping grounds. Buggy runs but great training!
Thank you to the Craftsbury Green Racing Project team for letting us stay and train with you for a few days. Loved seeing Coach’s old stomping grounds. Buggy runs but great training!
 Nearing the end of a big week on the “Vermont Glacier” with Annie^2. Summit of Mount Mansfield.
Nearing the end of a big week on the “Vermont Glacier” with Annie^2. Summit of Mount Mansfield.
 Thoughts about the first month so far in the words of Borat: Very nice, great success.

Thoughts about the first month so far in the words of Borat: Very nice, great success.

A big thank you to my parents for all the support you have given me to chase the dream out here to Stratton, it’s been such a blessing. Hope everyone’s summer training is going well!

-IT

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4 thoughts on “The PG Perspective: Ian’s summer report

  1. Mama Bear is very proud of her little cub!!!! hehehehehehehe Seriously though… Dad and I are very proud and so very happy that your training is going well (and more importantly!) that you are HEALTHY! 🙂 Make sure you thank the Man Upstairs too!!! Love and miss you,
    Mom

  2. Thank you for the inspiring blog and beautiful pictures. VT really is beautiful:) So glad you are staying healthy and strong. Keep it up and see you soon.

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