Big thanks to Jessie, who got in contact with our friend and photographer, Reese Brown, about coming over to Stratton to do a photoshoot with us. Even bigger thanks to Reese for making the trip over and capturing some awesome shots!
He came over to Stratton on Saturday morning for our classic intensity workout. Before starting our intervals, we all sharpened our pole tips and grouped up to discuss some goals for the workout. After explaining the workout to us, Coach Pat had us each share something we thought we could bring to the workout and something we were hoping to work on during the workout. Personally, I think I’m a smooth level 3 classic strider, so I was willing to let people hop in behind me during those intervals. Areas that I can improve in are keeping my workouts in true L3 and working on staying relaxed, but strong, while double poling.
We headed out on the flats for the first half of our interval session to do some double poling. We took turns leading and following because it’s important to feel the difference and practice drafting and skiing in a pack. When you have a head wind and can feel the effect of drafting so much, it’s a great opportunity to ski with someone who is a stronger double poler than you are by hopping in their draft and learning a thing or two!
After the double pole intervals, we headed to the steep stuff to get some striding practice in. We’ve put a huge emphasis on double poling so far this summer, so it felt good to get some different muscles firing and practice our striding. Threshold striding intervals are one of my favorite workouts because if you can nail the pace and the technique, you can be moving along really quickly, but also have it feel really graceful. It’s tough to always do both, but every once in awhile you can and it feels GOOD.
Reese took a ton of great photos and here are a few more good ones from our cool down after the intervals.
Thanks again to Reese for taking the time to come visit us!