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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Threshold Intensity and Maggie in Park City

I’ve been exceptionally busy here in Park City, Utah, but I’m also having a blast. As I mentioned yesterday, I am very happy to have my sister Maggie Hoffman in town for a short weekend trip. Maggie teaches school in the Wood River Valley in Idaho, five hours from here, and she left after school yesterday and has to be back by tomorrow night. I’m honored that she’s willing to go through so much trouble to see me!

This morning she went for a mountain bike ride while I went to East Canyon with my teammates for a classic roller ski intensity session. The road was swarming with hunters.

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Camp Training and Meetings

Because my teammates and I are in the same place so infrequently, we have lots of meetings when we are together. Yesterday afternoon we sat down with Brook Bingham, the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), Jory Macomber, the Vice-President of Athlete Career and Education at USSA and Liz Arky of Arky Group Consulting, LLC, who has been a huge asset to our team by helping us raise funds and market ourselves this summer. Our three presenters talked to us about writing our resumes, ideas about how to market ourselves and how to approach prospective sponsors. Here is Jory presenting with my teammate Sophie Caldwell looking on (and Brook sitting at the far end of the table):

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Fun Recovery Day

Yesterday afternoon I did an easy hour and fifteen minute double pole roller ski. After a great session with intensity in the morning, my energy was not very good in the afternoon. My heart rate elevated easily, which it often does after an intensity session, but I felt like I was moving in slow motion. It was a warm fall afternoon, and I skied on the smooth and quiet Old Ranch Road.

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