Seiser Alm Training Camp

Jessie talks about her post-tour training camp in Italy! 

After the Tour de Ski was finished, it was time for some serious rest and recovery! We spent an extra day in Predazzo, the awesome little town near the venue in Val di Fiemme where the last two stages of the Tour race. Then it was time to pack up our bags and drive to high altitude for a week of easy training in Seiser Alm, Italy!

Getting our high-speed sledding on!
Getting our high-speed sledding on!

This is quite possibly one of my favorite places in the entire world! Usually, there’s feet of snow, but this year has been quite a hard snow year for most of Europe. Still, they made a 7km loop of man-made snow for us to train on! And, of course, for Liz’s birthday we had to go sledding down the 2.5km track that parallels the ski run down the mountain! Out of curiosity I wore my GPS watch…and found that I got up to 60.2 kilometers per hour! Yikes!

Liz in her birthday outfit!
Liz in her birthday outfit!

There was a lot of sunshine to be soaked up, and we had a lot of fun! It was good to get back into some normal training days after so many days of race, race, race!

Going for a run on the snow-less alpine meadow!
Going for a run on the snow-less alpine meadow!

Our hotel is up on the mountain, so every day we either take the chairlift down to town where the XC trails are, or else we ski down! We even tried to run gates on our skate skis….and we didn’t do too poorly, although I imagine metal edges might have been useful!

Liz, Sadie and Noah skiing at Passo Lavaze on our way up to Seiser Alm!
Liz, Sadie and Noah skiing at Passo Lavaze on our way up to Seiser Alm!
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