Frozen Thunder Long Workout

Yesterday, after the Frozen Thunder Distance Race in the morning, my teammate Liz Stephen and I went out to lunch here in Canmore, Alberta. We spent some of the time playing around with my camera. I generally take pictures on the “Auto” setting, because it’s easy, but I haven’t been impressed with my action shots. Yesterday we played around with the manual setting, speeding up the shutter speed to get sharp photos of movement. It worked really well. Here’s Liz waving her arms as fast as she could as a test:

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Strength and Skiing

Yesterday after the morning’s sprint race my teammates and I headed to the gym for a strength workout. Normally we lift here in Canmore, Alberta at the great gym at the Canmore Nordic Centre, but we were warned that it was going to be extremely crowded yesterday. Many of the athletes and teams that raced the sprint in the morning were planning on lifting in the afternoon, and the gym closes early on Fridays. So, in order to avoid the crowds, we found another gym in town, called Life Works, which ended up being as good or better than the Nordic Centre gym. It had everything we needed including a whole room full of TRX straps. My teammate Ben Saxton had fun on the straps.

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Frozen Thunder Day 2

I’m in Canmore, Alberta, Canada for a week of skiing with the U.S. Ski Team on the saved-snow “Frozen Thunder” loop at the cross country venue for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. We have four apartments at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge, and my roommates, Ben Saxton and Paddy Caldwell, and I were on dinner duty yesterday. Each apartment rotates through making dinner for the whole team. Ben took charge and we made chili.

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Frozen Thunder Day 1

I’m in Canmore, Alberta, Canada for the second half of the U.S. Ski Team’s fall camp. We come here every year to ski on the Canmore Nordic Centre’s early loop of snow, which they call Frozen Thunder. This is one of several venues around the world that saves snow from last season to get an early jump on this season. Here’s my understanding of how the saved-snow program works:The man-made snow was blown last winter into a huge hole that looks like a half-pipe. It was then covered with wood chips in the spring. About half of it melts over the summer and the remainder was trucked onto a two kilometer loop which opened last week.

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Park City Over-Distance Skate Ski

This very complimentary article was published in the Waltham, Massachusetts newspaper today about my visit with the junior club in the Boston area last week. I owe a huge Thank You to the ski community in Eastern Massachusetts for taking me in, supporting me and treating me like one of their own!

This morning I woke up early to start the day’s very long workout. I wanted to finish it at a reasonable hour so I could spend some time with Maggie (my sister), who was in town visiting for the weekend, before she headed back to her home of Sun Valley, Idaho. It was still very dark when I started skiing. This picture makes it look way lighter than it was; look at how bright the street lamp is compared to the sky:

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