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Woof. As I’m writing this, I’m enjoying a (rare) post breakfast quiet time. I just finished up three big cups of coffee, two big weeks of training, and one (very large) pancake. The start to another best day!
In my latest instagram of Annie and I on the top of Mount Mansfield, I decided to throw in the “another best day” catch phrase. I’d read it on a bunch of social media sites, and with 99% confidence that I understood it’s usage I threw it on the picture. After some brief googling on the way to Middlebury, I discovered that the point of hashtagging “another best day” was to celebrate the little things in life. It’s very easy to miss all of the trees inthe forest, so in an effort to not miss the trees, here is a list of (some) reasons that this week has been filled with lots of little things to celebrate.
1) Dead Flies
We spent the last five days up in Craftsbury, Vermont at a mini training camp. It’s always nice to get some variety in training terrain (say that 10 times fast), and I had a blast. It’s awesome that Vermont is so filled with incredible skiers and people, and the best way to get better is to surround yourself with people of different talents and skills. One of our workouts was a 2.5 hour run in the woods (actually a surprise last hour…I was all set to be done at an hour and a half when Pat gave us instructions for another hour loop…SURPRISE!). The bugs in Craftsbury are notoriously bad, but the Green Team was generous enough to lend us some flypatches. With only one bite in a 2.5 hour run, I’d say the patches were a great success.
After lots of harping on various technique cues (for me it’s mostly not following through so far back with my arms and keeping my whole body forward), I feel like I’ve really made some progress. Sometimes it’s hard to go back to the basics, but you can’t expect to change how you ski without redoing some of the fundamentals. Pat has been very patient, and it’s finally all coming together.
3. Pat’s 202 Mile Bike Ride Down Vermont
I bet your coach can’t ride 202 miles in one day. Especially when that’s longer than he has ridden the entire year, combined.
4. Finishing Up Some Big Weeks
It’s always an accomplishment to make it through a week, but an extra big accomplishment to get through a big week. I’m pretty tired, and I’m not quite used to so much volume. But it’s important to build up the endurance in the summer, so that come winter time it’s there to tap into for races. It’s one of those weird paradoxes where it doesn’t necessarily feel good at the time, but you will be happy you have it later. That said it’s also important to back off when the body gets feeling a little too tired. There was one afternoon where we were supposed to have an hour and a half double pole, but my arms (and body and mind) just simply didn’t have it. So instead of beating myself into the ground, I hopped on the road bike and pedaled next to Annie. Sometimes you just have to watch other people work, and you’ll end up feeling better the next day.