Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thank you MNC!

Fall is coming!
This weekend, Jackie, Tim, and I decided to venture to Vermont and try out being biathletes! We all went to our respective houses on Wednesday to get in some time with our families, but headed to former Adam Terko's house on Friday. He is a former SLU coach and current head coach of the Mansfield Nordic Club. 
            Thank you so much to Adam and his roommate, Liam, for hosting us all weekend. Being Mansfield Nordic athletes in residence was truly a pleasure. They have everything you could possibly need as a skier! Adam's homemade bread was especially great. Jackie and I ate an entire loaf in one meal... Thank you so much for making our weekend possible.
            On Saturday, Jackie and I got to do our first real biathlon race ever! We’ve done some paintball biathlon, and I have done a running biathlon race, but this was the first real experience, or as close to the real experience as rollerskiing can get. It is pretty crazy to have your first real biathlon race be World Cup trials, but we made the best of it. It was really fun and a great experience. Biathlon is great, because it can remind you of things that we often forget in skiing:
1)   Try things, even if you get last! Jackie and I were last (part of her rear sight fell off) and second to last, but we got to toe the line with some of the best in the world, and that is always an honor.
2)   It is all about the process. 
3)   Anything can happen in a race. I find that in skiing it is easy to get caught up in your own expectations of where you should be, but really we need to remember that anything can happen in a race and someone you beat one day can come back to beat you the next. With shooting (or your sight falling off) as an added factor, things can change quickly in biathlon. 
It was a relief to have our first biathlon race down, with our two goals accomplished! 1) Don’t get DQ’d. 2) Hit a target. Keeping it simple.
Moosin' it (photo from Liam)
It was also a relief to get back to Adam’s where there was more bread! (And good company, showers, and plenty of other food too). After a homework-filled afternoon, we had an awesome dinner with Adam and Liam’s friends who are also really amazing biathletes. It was great to meet new people and remember just how friendly and helpful everyone is in the biathlon/ski community. 
On Sunday, Tim, Jackie, and I all raced. Tim won his race (YAY!), and Jackie and I were last again in the senior trials race. However, we were last by less, and let me tell you, this felt like a huge accomplishment. 
We are halfway through October and starting to think about Thanksgiving camp and getting our race speed back! This weekend was a blast and a great way to ease into the racing scene in a new and different way. Now, we're ready to get back to working with the team toward carnival season. Good things are to come.

Thank you to all the friends, coaches, hosts that made this weekend possible, especially Adam and Liam (go Pugs)! Thanks for reading and check back soon J

-Lucy
Day 1 Results
Day 2 Results
Tim's Race Results

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2nd week of Official practice

By Dana Hatton '18

Greetings,

We are currently away on Mid-Semester break! We are taking the rest of the week to recover and hopefully come back fresh for some more quality training!

Last week, we continued with morning practice on Tuesday, but this time at the track.  We learned some new ladder drills, did a lot of spenst work, and added in some sprints.  That afternoon, we had a nice skate rollerski at Butternut Ridge, with some no pole work.

Agility and speed work on the track this morning to get things rolling for the day
New ladder drill work

Lucy and some of the guys out for a rip yesterday afternoon #indiansummer #gaintrain
Lucy leading the boys
On Wednesday, Coach Curry took charge and led us in some classic double pole and single stick intervals at Suny Canton, around their campus.  While most of us were feeling our legs from the morning track workout, it was nice, to say the least, to do arm work. Although bodies are tired, people have been relatively focused and doing the work!

Thursday morning, we were back on the morning circuit grind in Leithead Fieldhouse and finished the day with a run on the campus trails. 

On Friday, we finally got to challenge ourselves on a skate rollerski agility course at Bend in the River park, down the road.  We weaved around cones, did some 180 and 360 spins, hopped over logs, ran over the grass, balanced on one leg, and hop skated up the hill. It was full of a variety of drills and after a few test runs, ETown timed us. Here are the times for the fun of it, even though there could easily be a margin of error of 10 seconds or more:

1st Round:                                          2nd Round:
Ben
2:54:00
Brendan
2:55:00
Brendan
2:55:00
Dottie
3:09:00
Tim
2:55:00
Matt M
3:12:00
Nathaniel
3:06:00
Jackie
3:23:00
Dottie
3:06:00
Lucy
3:26:00
GH
3:07:00
Kate
3:30:00
Matt M
3:10:00
Dani
3:30:00
Jackie
3:16:00
Dana
3:39:00
Lucy
3:25:00
Gabby
3:50:00
Dana
3:30:00
Eliza
3:58:00
Kate
3:32:00
Dani
3:35:00
Gabby
3:48:00
Aliya
3:50:00
Eliza
3:50:00





On Saturday morning, the gang took to the Kip Trail on campus and ran hard for a few interval repeats.  Spirits were high, even though it started to rain and became quite the dreary morning. Luckily, our parents and families had arrived that afternoon for family weekend making for a fun time!  We had a nice cookout in Leithead with lots of delicious meat, baked goods, snacks, salads and more! It was really nice to meet everyones family's, and get familiar with faces before the ski season starts. The fall is already coasting by, with family weekend just wrapped up and now Mid-Semester upon us, the snow is just around the corner! 

Both ski teams hosted the 3rd Annual Ski Swap Sale that same Saturday, which went off without a hitch. I'd say it was very successful this year, and I'm very glad our team could help at the drop off period on Friday.  We helped bring in people's equipment they wanted to sell or donate and we priced all items.  Thanks team! Without your help, the sale wouldn't have been as successful!

Lots of great Alpine and Nordic gear will be available tomorrow at the ski sale. See you tomorrow 10-1 in Leithead!
GH, George, Tim, and Jordan S help organize the SKI Swap Sale the day before.

Thanks to all who supported both our Alpine and Nordic teams by donating or purchasing equipment!!  We are looking forward to a great season!

-Dana