Eastern Cup #1 - Craftsbury

After 2 days of below zero (*C) temps, the first NENSA/TD Bank Eastern Cup race is complete. The course, a 1.45 km loop of man-made snow, was a good, hilly trail at Craftsbury Nordic Center.
Day 1 was a day of classic racing, starting with a 1.4 km classic sprint: a qualifier for the 3k afternoon race. The podium lacked the one USST skier there, Skyler Davis, who had just returned from a World Cup trip in Europe.


Two down, pray for snow.

After two weeks of dry-land, and still no snow, our first race is only 10 days away.
We have been doing a lot of technique work on roller-skis, with the occasional fall (but don't worry, only 1 person ended up bleeding), as well as some endurance in the form of a time trial on Tuesday.

The trial wasn't bad, with the team averaging a 5:00-ish lap on the .86 kilometer course. The top 2 times were 20:38 and 21:08 for 5 laps (myself and Hannah Benson respectively).


It's been...

One week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said... I'm ready. Dryland training is now a week old and everybody on the Kennett Ski Team is feeling it. On Monday, the 72 members of the Ski Team (Alpine, Jumping, and Cross Country) began our training as we would any other dryland day... with a run. The run wasnt too bad, just to the end of the road and back, but times varied between 13 minutes (myself and about 3 other XC skiers) and over 20.
Total Distance (A to B and back): 2 miles
Next we stretch, and do some a LOT of core, courtesy of Eddie Bradley. Usually around 15 minutes of rigorous workouts before we branch of into our respective disciplines.