Sunday, January 24, 2010

Justin has requested more updates. And he's absolutely right! This week was a recovery week for me so the training was reduced. Unfortunately, the snow has melted, so I was only able to ski once. But on the flip side, the creek thawed, so I've been out paddling 5 times and LOVING it. I wish I could bottle up the scent of snow, musty leaves, and wet wood; it feels so natural to be out there. It makes me smile to think of the hundreds of hours I've spent training there in the springtimes.

I have also acquired an erg! If you visit my youtube channel, you can see recent videos. It takes me awhile to make them but I'll get around to it asap.

I head back to San Diego next weekend, so I have one last week of training and wonderful adventures before heading to the west coast for.... training, and wonderful adventures!!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ski Camp 2010

Each year, the US sprint kayak team joins with the US slalom kayak team for a magnificent cross-training camp in Lake Placid during which we cross-country ski, lift weights, have snowball fights, and generally enjoy everything about beautiful upstate NY winters. This year was no exception: a high level of training was accomplished, as well as a ton of fun. I wouldn't trade ski camp for the world! I'll post a bunch of pictures with captions because I'm sure that will be cooler than me re-counting the whole 2 weeks. :)

The sprint team: from left to right, Alejandro Schwendhelm, Emily Wright, Emily Mickle, coach Nathan Luce, Maia Farrar-Wellman, Kaitlyn McElroy, Ariel Farrar-Wellman, David Petrovics

Kaitlyn and me throwing on some extra blue for classic intervals

"Everyone demonstrate your best tuck!" Mickle, Maia, Ariel, me, Kaitlyn

David, Maia, and Mickle before a workout at Mt. VanHoevenburg

Ariel is demonstrating my favorite ways to spend time between ski sessions: reading Twilight!!

Snowboarding at Whiteface

Ariel, Alejandro, and me downhill skiing at Whiteface

View from the ski lift

I made friends with Bill the biathlete, who let me hold his rifle.

Also, I tried skeleton!

Though I am grinning, I am secretly terrified.
Mickle and Burgco, getting ready for the run down the track

Mickle and I took this picture before sliding down the track, musing that it could be the last photograph ever taken of us. In retrospect, that was sort of morbid and dramatic.


The girls ice skating on the Olympic oval: Kaitlyn, me, Maia, Mickle, and Ariel

Bug and Jure watched a little too much Blades of Glory, perhaps? Actually, I'm just jealous of their form.

Me with the slalom boys. We had to bribe the ice skate police to let us take this picture. Scott, Jure, Scotty, Bug, me, and Aaron

I found a giant black bear at Whiteface!

And another in Canandaigua on my way home!