Phew!

Phew! We’ve been sending it in Bend, Oregon.  One of the big goals for the 2016-2017 season was some off-season on-snow time, and Bend has provided us with the perfect opportunity.  An outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca, Bend allows for mid-winter conditions up at Mount Bachelor and mid-Summer conditions in town.  To take advantage of the best of both worlds, every day we have skied up high, and spent the afternoons playing on the trails below.

Another activity- Fast and Female! I led the fitness station, and am demonstrating the bear crawl- harder than it looks!
Another activity- Fast and Female! I led the fitness station, and am demonstrating the bear crawl- harder than it looks!

And it has been A LOT.  But in a good A LOT way.  The other big goal for the upcoming (or present) training season was logging more low intensity volume hours.  To give you an idea, here are some numbers:

Days on Snow: 11
Hours on Snow: 29.6
Kilometers on Snow: 302.528 (or something like that)
Hours training (but not on snow): 14
Miles of driving to Mount Bachelor: 616
Polar Watch Daily percentage (average): 243%
My average daily training heart rate: 125
Calories Burned: Upwards of 40,000

Some classic speeds (photo Steve Fuller)
Some classic speeds (photo Steve Fuller)

One more strength session to go, and I will have completed my biggest two week block ever.  And surprisingly, I’m feeling pretty good! But ask me how I feel after some squatting, and you might have a different response.

Posing with Erika and Sophie during my first ever "off road" ski
Posing with Erika and Sophie during my first ever “off road” ski

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We have a pretty easy week coming up, and then the Stratton Summer begins in earnest. East Coast, we are coming for ya!

Some quality Bend Sun
Some quality Bend Sun
Midwesterners take on the mountains!
Midwesterners take on the mountains!
Sunscreen!
Sunscreen!
...and lots of layers!
…and lots of layers!
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