We just finished up a big week of training and this morning is the first day of an easier week so we slept in and made these for breakfast!
|Tomatoe tar tar|
|Peach, pesto, and sausage pizza|
Our big training week consisted of a skate speed workout, L3 ski walking intervals up Stratton, very hard and short L4 classic striding intervals, two strength sessions, and a lot of easy distance. There were definitely times during the week where it was a struggle to get out of bed in the morning, but I was pleasantly surprised to still feel great and be able to enjoy our 3.5 hour bike that was the culmination of the big week yesterday. It probably didn't hurt that it was the first day that was cooler than 85 degrees.
|Annie and Erika during our L4 intervals|
|Sophie during L4 intervals|
|Packer and Ben striding out|
|Grandpa came to spectate :)|
|The Bike group|
I decided not to go to Alaska this year because I think I benefit from minimal travel and I wanted to be able to get into a solid routine of training in Vermont. One of my weaknesses is that I tend to get tired out pretty easily when I'm traveling and training a lot, but one of my strengths is being able to recognize that and turn it around before it starts to happen. So, while Alaska would have been a blast, it's a lot of travel and training for me and I probably would have come back as one exhausted pup! It was a tough decision because I really enjoyed my trip to Alaska two years ago and wanted to be with my new teammates, but I believe it's the right decision for me this year and I am really enjoying training and being home with friends and family after a long winter on the road! I will be going to the next USST camps in Lake Placid, Park City, and Canmore, but I'll be training in Vermont with Stratton until then, while making virtual appearances in Alaska over the interweb :).
|The girls training hard in Alaska!|
|Good friends and training partners|
|Midwest, East, and West!|
|Maybe a little posed|
|Rudy athletes! and Ben sniffing Erika's head|
|Blueberries for days!|
|Checking out the cairns|
|My favorite spot for a bike ride|
|More river cairns|