Paddy gives his take on training during Park City camp.
We are halfway through the final US Ski Team training camp before the season kicks off. The team arrived in Park City just over a week ago, since then we have been working hard in training with an emphasis on volume (distance) and threshold training. For the final week here in Utah our workout schedule transitions into more high-end intensity training highlighted with a three day “Mini Tour” at the end of the trip. This plan gives everyone time to acclimate to training at altitude and get ready for three race simulations to wrap up the camp.
It’s hard to beat camp out here. Temperatures during the day reach the upper sixties and drop down to the low thirties at night. So far we have had nearly perfect weather and training conditions. My personal favorite training adventure in Park City is running on the Mid Mountain Trail from our condo on Deer Valley. The trail traverses all of the major ski resorts in Park City starting at Deer Valley and ending at Canyons.
One of the many perks of traveling to Park City is access to the Center of Excellence (COE). The COE is the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) headquarters and primary testing facility. All national teams affiliated with USSA – including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and freestyle skiing teams – have athletes and coaches working here year round. The facilities include a gymnasium, skate park, trampolines, roller ski treadmills, recovery/ physical therapy center, kitchen and an expansive weight room. To take advantage of our time at the COE we packed the first few days here with testing. These included functional mobility screening, strength and power measurements, body composition tests and VO2 max testing on the roller ski treadmill. And LOTS of jumping on the trampolines in between.
Another highlight of our trip so far was the ‘unveiling’ of our new uniforms on Monday. This season marks the beginning of a new partnership between the USST and two companies L.L.Bean and Craft. We are all really excited to be working with these two amazing companies and can’t wait to break out the new gear on snow soon.
Parting Shot: the dudes cruising up American Fork Canyon towards the end of a three hour classic. This is the second year we’ve done this ski. It starts on gradual double pole terrain in Provo then steadily climbs up to the top of the canyon. The top of the road brings you directly below Mt. Timpanogos in the Wasatch mountain range.