We just wrapped up our first week of SMST2 training here at Stratton and it’s great to have the group back together! With some folks just finishing up at school and Erika and I freshly back from our western training (and fishing) block I think everyone was fired up to jump in some group workouts.
For the most part this first week was filled with perfect training weather and lots of group distance workouts with a little testing sprinkled in. A lot of us do the majority of our testing out in Park City in the COE lab, but it’s important to have a few ‘field’ tests to do periodically throughout the summer. That’s really the best way to measure improvement. On Tuesday most of the SMS kids and the SMSt2 team hammered out the short uphill double pole test to see where they were at for an early summer marker. Lots of PR’s across the board!
This week was made extra productive with the addition of USST coach Jason Cork who was in town to help us with some training and technique sessions. It’s easy to see why some people think that working on technique on rollerskis in June is crazy, we have all summer can’t it wait until Fall? The reality is the biggest technique gains are made in the summer so that during all those long slow easy skis we can be training the right movements.
I was really happy to get in a one on one technique session with Jason and Pat this week to work on my skate technique for this very reason. It’s one of my goals for the summer to improve a lot in skate skiing and do a lot more no pole skiing in order to work on the right leg movements and build strength. On Wednesday after working on a lot of video I went out for an hour long no pole ski and was definitely feeling the burn.
The rest of the week was filled with some tough strength, running, rollerskiing and of course some bounding intervals up Stratton. Ski walking and bounding threshold intervals are definitely one of our staple workouts and something Stratton has been doing since the wooden ski days. To me is doesn’t feel like summer without some sweaty bounding intervals in the sun heart pumping and sweat dipping down your face. So once we got that workout in it felt like the training season had really begun, and of course we finished off the day with a dunk in Pikes Falls swimming hole. I’ve probably been pairing the two together since I was 12 years old and it still doesn’t get any better than that!