Summer on the mountain is flying by. The last few weeks in Stratton the team has been settling into a solid training routine along with the Stratton Junior and Development teams here in Southern VT. This time of year our training plans call for a wide variety of different modes and intensities. The past few weeks have been full of hours running, roller skiing, biking, swimming and lifting in the newly revamped SMS gym. We just wrapped up a three-week block of hard training and are moving into a recovery week to help us reset before diving into August. Last week we finished off a sweaty week of volume training with a trip up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
A huge thank you to my parents for hosting the entire SMS Elite Team in Lyme on Saturday night for a team dinner and board in the Lyme Center Dormitory. On Sunday we drove up to the White Mountain National Forest for an over distance run. Our route took us from the Lincoln Woods trailhead – just off the Kancamangus Highway – over the “extended” Franconia Ridge taking us over each of the following mountains: Flume, Liberty, Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette.
We had a perfect day up in the mountains and everyone finished the fifteen+ mile long point to point in around four hours. Now it is time to rest up and get ready for another big training cycle before most of the team heads down under for an on-snow training camp in New Zealand!