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Archive for July, 2010

Snow Farm Living

Topic: General News

Well, things are sweet at the Snow Farm. We’ve been here for almost exactly a week, and I’m already dreading our departure in two weeks. The training is exceptional. Perfect grooming and we’ve been lucky enough to have mostly a cold, dry high-pressure system hovering over the South Island for the last few days. Most of us are primarily focused on big hours for this camp, but since our bodies are fairly well adjusted and we’ve gotten into a good rhthym of eat, sleep, train, eat, email, train, eat, sleep, repeat, we’ll start dialing up the intensity this week and next. I’m feeling good… making some good, small technique adjustments that I think will be really good for both my distance racing and my sprinting. Being able to head out on long ODs and speed workouts with some of the best sprinters and distance skiers on the World Cup certainly helps and gets you pretty fired up to kick ass.

With a day off yesterday, Andy, Liz and I headed into Queenstown to check out the scene. Pretty cool place. It reminded me a little bit of home although slightly more touristy and on a giant lake. I remember a lot of my friends in middle school coming home after an exchange in Queenstown and they all said it was one of the coolest places they had ever been. Well, that’s kind of how I feel about New Zealand in general.

These photos were taken by Pete V. He and Whitcomb have been working super hard around here, and it’s been awesome having them here as coaches and friends.

V1 speeds up a super steep climb

Liz, Kikk, Mo. L3 classic intervals

Newell skiing the Road to Nowhere. Literally
























Down Unda

Topic: General News

This is gonna be a quick post because I’m slowly watching my internet credit dwindle into the single digits. We made it without too much trouble, there was definitely no lack of sleep and movie watching. This place is incredible and I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to say it is the coolest place I’ve ever been. The guys at the Snow Farm are super nice and it feels good being around so many great Kiwis. We have km’s and km’s and km’s and km’s of perfect extra blue skiing (knock on wood) right out our front door. Conditions are ridiculous and the team is, as always, doing great. Matt and Pete have been working non-stop to take of everything we need taking care of. I’m planning on shooting a bunch of video and snapping a ton of pictures so keep checking back in to see more eye candy. For now, I’ll leave you with this:




Countdown to NZ

Topic: General News

Well folks, sorry about the lack of activity recently… training life has been busy here in Ketchum. To tell you the truth, most of each morning (pre and post a.m. training) is dominated by the Versus channel. It’s nice to be able to watch a sporting event on T.V. that we, as xc racers, can relate to. It’s pretty impressive to watch the big guns in the mountains bury themselves day after day after day. It’s actually funny, most stages either start, end, or pass through exact places where I’ve ski raced over the years. The other day, I was watching a mountain stage and watched the riders climb up and over the Col de la Ramaz. Even though I usually have a pretty good memory with names, “Col de la Ramaz” didn’t stir up any previous memories… but when I saw the peleton ride past an old wooden structured on top of the Col, I immediately remembered doing intervals in the winter up to that exact same spot in between the ski areas of Sommand and Praz de Lys. It’s a small world, so to speak. 

I’m gearing up to head down to New Zealand on Sunday with my USST teammates and couldn’t be more psyched for what will undoubtedly be a stellar trip. I’ve never been down there before, which adds to the excitement and anxiety involved with flying half way around the world (literally) to a small, remote island in the south Pacific to ski for three weeks with a group of some of the most fun and talented athletes in the U.S. (and Canada and Russia and Italy). 

My training focus since the Bend camp has essentially been big hours with some speed and intensity (mostly L3) mixed in for good measure. I feel like I’m absorbing the hours and intensity really well, and the time trials/general feeling of my body have shown that my fitness and speed are well ahead of where I was last year at this same time. As much as I think about training and racing every minute of every day, I’ve been good (and I think have always been good at) making sure I’m achieving a healthy balance with things outside of skiing. On Sunday, Kate, Colin, Nicole, and I joined our friends Noi and Rob for an afternoon of lake surfing down on Magic Reservoir. At the end of a 22 hour week, it was exactly what I needed. Check out some shots below that Noi took of Kate and I riding the curl. You’ll probably notice that my girlfriend looks way more comfortable than me on the board, but I’d just like to point out that I’m a much better skier than her. I like to point that out to her on a daily basis. 

Thanks again Noi for some rad photos and an even radder day. And thanks Rob for the perfect driving and wave production. You guys are awesome. 



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