|All ten Caldwell cousins!|
|My favorite wedding date|
|Easy classic ski with a mix of sun and clouds (Jessie photo)|
|Skate speeds (Matt Whitcomb photo)|
After a week or so up at the Snow Farm, we went down to the town of Wanaka for a few days to do some running, live in a house, and recover at sea level. I love life up at the Snow Farm, but it was nice to live in town for a couple days and switch up the routine. We went on two beautiful runs while we were down below. The first run was along the edge of Lake Wanaka and the second followed the Matukituki river up through the different New Zealand landscapes of mountains, fields, and forests.
|Running the Matukituki|
|Day off in Wanaka|
|Running along Lake Wanaka (Jess photo)|
|Jessie at the beginning of our Matukituki run|
|Matt trying out a moss wig|
After our stint in town, we returned to the Snow Farm for another week and a half of skiing. We are mostly focusing on logging some volume on snow, but we've done a few interval sessions, speed workouts, and several of us jumped in various versions of the Merino Muster race over the weekend. The Merino Muster offers a 42km skate marathon, a 21km skate race, and a 7km skate. Jessie and Simi took the wins in the 42km races, and I was happy to cross the line in first in the 21km race. I got to ski the whole race with Caitlin Gregg (mostly following her) and had some of the most fun I've ever had in a long skate race!
|Classic speeds with Brian Gregg (Matt photo)|
|Merino Muster 21k podium! (Julia photo)|
|Chris Mallory on our crust cruise|
|There they go! (Matt Whitcomb photo)|