Lake Placid Camp!

*Alayna checking in

The team is back from a two week training camp in Lake Placid, NY and boy am I ready for an easy week! This time of year, all of our training plans start to diverge and we keep Coach Pat on his toes even more than usual. For myself, it’s been a while since I took a total easy week to help absorb all of the work we’ve been putting in so I’ve been enjoying my rest since camp.

Jessie, Sophie, Julia and myself working on our double pole in LP (PC: Matt Whitcomb)

While in Lake Placid, the SMS T2 team was fortunate enough to join the US Ski Team for a solid block of training. The national team was staying in a house together while the rest of us got an apartment right downtown. I thought this was nice because between training sessions or during off afternoons we were able to walk around, check out the town and check out the miracle on ice venue (Ian was particularly excited about this part). We also had our junior, Will Koch, and a GMVS junior, Brian Bushey, join us in the apartment which added some young blood to the mix. It’s super cool when we can help build the next generation of skiers!

US National Team, SMS T2, Craftsbury and Sun Valley all together (PC: Matt Whitcomb)
Afternoon coffee around Mirror Lake in downtown Lake Placid.
We pretty much alternated every other day between intensity and easy distance sessions, but we included 2 long threshold workouts, L4 double pole, a classic team sprint simulation and distance skate time trials. These were pretty fun to get into because they resemble actual ski racing a lot more than our typical training and we can all get into our competitive spirit while still having a productive workout. In order to recover between this intensity, we got to do some pretty sweet long runs through the Adirondacks right during their peak foliage season! Overall, it was an awesome camp and I think everyone walked away feeling stoked for the upcoming season!
Girls playing in the mountains!

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