U15 Camp

When I tell the kiddos how to write their trip reports I tell them that instead of just saying what happened they should tell a story. The U15 camp was all about going with the flow and never being afraid to try plan-b.

As most of you know, the U15 camp was slated to return to the Elks Flat Campground on the South Fork of the Boise River... Flooding and high water forced our hand to finding a new campground - and that turned into a huge bonus for us. While the South Fork was a beautiful location Soldier Mountain had a number of strengths that outweighed the beauty of the South Fork.

The first of those benefits was the excellent trails right from the campground. On our first and last day we headed out straight from the campground for ~1 hr runs.

On that first run I offered to take the group wanting more than just a 45 minute out and back to come with me on an "adventure" (this group hasn't yet learned that going on an "adventure" with me is always a foolish endeavor). This particular excursion took us through a freezing mountain stream, to the top of a ski area, and "Norwegian off-roading" through the woods.

The afternoon of our busy day-1 was the first time on rollerskis for a number of athletes. Getting on rollerskis for the first time in a season (or a lifetime) is a pretty challenging task. Everyone stepped up in a big-way, and pushed through even when the skills seemed to come more easily to other teammates.

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Day 2 was another lesson in going on adventures with Wilson. The night before while looking at the map with the other coaches I spotted a high-point called Sydney Butte that wasn't too far from some hot springs. There was no trail to the top, but there were some old logging roads that went most of the way up...

We finished the camp with a run (believe it or not, there was another freezing creek crossing! - Are you sensing a theme?) and then we drove to the Pine/Featherville road for a final rollerski. The pavement and views were incredible, but cars that were in a hurry to get on vacation took some of the fun out of the experience (the kids were awesome about skiing single file and stepping off the road whenever someone yelled "car back" I've actually never seen a group do it so well - is this a skill that skiers lose as the spend more time on rollerskis?!?!)

All-in-all this was an incredibly successful trip. It's so fun to watch these kids pick up on the parts of the nordic-skier lifestyle that make it so fun for me. I can't wait to climb more mountains with these kiddos!

Check out the video recap below:

Truckee Day 7

Ted Yewer - 

Nordic skiing in June is pretty special, not many people can say they've done it. But DOWNHILL SKIING at Squaw in June is on a whole other level of awesome. When we got to the parking lot you could feel the excitement in the air. After suiting up we all made a beeline for the lifts. It was shaping up to be a great day of spring/summer shredding but then Wilson laid our previously unknown dilemma on us "guys the lifts close at two" almost simultaneously we all checked out watches and to our dismay we saw a 1:00 looking back at us. The following events can be summed up as an all out sprint to get as many runs in as possible in the hour we had. We ended up getting quite a few runs in, I can't remember the total number but it was pretty astonishing that we got as many as we did. Overall it was a crazy good day of skiing which will definitely be one of the highlights of my trip.
 


Elise Hegerle

Saturday morning we arrived at the Auburn Ski Club for our sprint races. We skied up to one of the highest points and took team photos before splitting up to do our warmups. I skied into the stadium and was told who my relay partner was and then awaited the race start. As I was waiting I started talking to a couple of the girls in my race and as we tagged off to our teammates we continued talking. After the race we went and cooled down together and shared our information with each other. We kept talking and decided to ski a bonus round of the race as partners. I really enjoyed getting to meet new people and going on these trips we get that opportunity. Going on ski trips we get to travel to new places and meet new people and it really makes a hard week of training fun.

Truckee Days 5/6

Thursday

Jackson Daniels:

After waking up at 6:00 am we ate pancakes  and departed to go crust skiing. It took a while to arrive at the meadows in which we were crust Skiing at, but once we arrived it was very windy. I was super stoked to go skiing off trail. I threw my skis on before I could go to the base of the large hill. As soon as I got my skis on I grinded to catch up with everyone. The skiing was sketchy because there were holes in the ground and I have never nordic skied on unleveled ground (Coaches note: these were "sun cups" the sun melts and causes divots in the snow - when they're small they aren't a big deal, once they get big (these were 10-20 inches deep) it becomes pretty much impossible to ski on...). When we turned a corner I saw a giant hole in the ground I went to take a look. What I saw was super cool. Running water had made a tunnel and once the weather warmed the snow became heavier and the tunnel collapsed. What I was looking at was the remains of this occurrence. I decided the ruins of the tunnel was a good spot to do ski tricks. I went to the opposite side that I was looking from to get a good running start to complete my line. I hit a drop and turned right and jumped a crack and almost crashed into the stream. I did the same line twice then decided to see what other lines I could hit before we leave. I ski up to Ted and listen to what he and Kade were talking about. They pointed another line that had two decent sized humps. I bolted down and hit the line they pointed out to me. I was going fast. I hit the first jump I see a rock so I turn to my left mid air and run into a snowbank and I break my right ski. I then walked back to the van with Aliya. Although I broke a ski I had a good time while it lasted.

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Kade Aldrich:

The shortened crust ski of the morning left us all anxious for something more to do that afternoon. And with upwards of 4 hours of downtime ahead of us, we quickly got bored. Aliya suggested that we go thrift shopping (something we had talked about doing earlier that week) and everyone jumped on the idea with zest. We perused the thrift shops clothing section for a solid half hour, looking mainly for Hawaiian shirts to ski in the next day. I happened to find a long sleeved silk shirt and a 79 cent gold chain. As we exited the store Wilson mentioned that he had a surprise adventure for us. On the drive back to the house our curiosity strengthened when he said to bring cold weather gear but that we didn't need running shoes. Appropriately equipped, we set off. When the van reached the Sugar Bowl Academy's parking lot, we got out and began to hike up a large rock outcrop towards an ominous looking train tunnel. I expected that we would turn around when we reached it but to my surprise, Wilson continued walking, heading into the tunnel. It was amazing to see the intricacies of its construction along with the incredible graffiti that masked most of it. About 20 minutes in, the darkness got to the point where we needed lights to see protruding rocks and the snowmelt covering the floor. Every once in a while someone (Jackson and Collin) would jump out from a hole in the wall and thoroughly scare everyone else, adding to the edge that comes from walking in an abandoned train tunnel. Upon returning to the van, the conversations about the walk continued all the way into the next day.

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Friday

Colin Poly:

Today started when Wilson released Eddy into everyone's room to wake us up (Jackson Daniels was particularly happy when Eddy sneezed in his face). We then ate sausage and pineapple from a pineapple platter that looked like it could be featured on Edible Creations all cooked and prepared by Wilson. For the second time this training camp, the team classic skied on the trails at Auburn Ski Club. We did a distance ski with 20 speeds throughout our workout. The conditions were not as spectacular as the previous days because it was raining and hailing but the Hawaiian shirts worn by all eleven of us made up for it.

(Coaches Update - while the weather wasn't as good as the previous days, it was actually killer classic skiing on swix universal klister. Given the warm temps and rain it was spectacular!)

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Abram Brown:

Today we went for a run on the trails behind the North Tahoe High School. They were killer trails that were way wide so it was really easy to run as a group with both the Auburn Ski Club and the Boulder Nordic Ski Team. I managed to find my way up to the top of the trails. Resting right above the trails rests a bench with a picture perfect view of Lake Tahoe. Right as I sat down the sun split the clouds like a ski through powder. Nothing beats a view of lake Tahoe like that.

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Truckee Update day 3/4

Sam Benzing

Wednesday afternoon most of the boys headed out to swim in Donner Lake while a small group of us put on rollerskis and skied around the the Donner Lake neighborhoods. The skate rollerski was a great chance to work on technique and transfer what we have been practicing on snow the last few days onto rollerskis. 

The next five months will be filled with skiing on pavement so having the opportunity to ski on snow and rollerski in one day was unique and for many of us it was our first experience of doing both in one day. Once we got over the initial awkward feeling of rolling across pavement we were able to focus on getting out over our skis and keeping our upper body stable. 

The end of the day marked halfway through the camp and we all celebrated by ending the day with roasted marshmallows! 

Jackson Neuhoff

We started out the day by going for a skate ski. We worked on double pole, teli-turns, and other technique oriented things. We then had a relaxing few hours at the house. For the second half of the day the team split up. Some went roller skiing while I and most of the boys went swimming in Donner Lake. The water was cold, but it was enjoyable over all. We then returned to the house for the night. 

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Coach

Tuesday started with bacon, eggs, and a skate ski. The biggest advantage of skating over classic was that on Auburn Ski Club's hilly trails at 7200ft it was much easier to ski "easy" than it was on classic skis. We did a very similar workout to our classic ski - one-pole skiing on both sides, and no pole skiing. Afterward we skied in groups and worked on tempo changes.

In the afternoon we met up with a few athletes from the Boulder Junior Nordic Race Team to run the Rubicon trail along lake Tahoe. I dropped the kids at the start of the run and then drove the shuttle. Turns out Eddyline (assistant coach/ dog) wasn't allowed on the trail which was a pretty big letdown. A few kids jumped in the lake.

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Truckee Updates (Day 1/2)

From Aliya Brown -

Today, we went on our first classic ski at Auburn Ski Club.  The snow conditions were better than we ever could’ve hoped for in June, and the clear skies made it even better.  The transition from rollerskis back to snow can be a little tricky, especially on classic rollerskis, so we did a lot of work on single poling and no poling.  We also did a couple of “super scurries”, and at least one person wiped out each time.  After all of our technique work, we decided to head out and tack on a few more hours with a distance ski.  Most of us have never skied here, so it was super fun to explore the trails and get some great training in!  Some of us skied for as long as two and a half hours, so we’re off to a great start with reaching our goals for hours this week.  All of us were really excited to be back on snow, and it was great to see that positive attitude throughout the morning. 

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From Sofi Serio 

After our 9 hour van drive to Truckee, complete with a unremarkable hour long stop at Winco in which Eddy and I bonded for a little too long, we made our way to a trail called Coldstream, which was part-road part-trail. We went for a moderate run, featuring a small lake located in the middle of the trail-road, with the trail also featuring a small RV park. The most exciting part of the run was when we were doing strength adjacent to a campground and a little boy asked us what we were doing. The conversation essentially summed up what people think when they see us out and about training. The conversation went as follows;

 Little Boy: "What are you guys doing?"

 Wilson: "Working out." 

 LB:"Why?"

W: "For fun."

 LB: "For fun?"

It's hard to believe, right?

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The second run of our trip consisted of a trail with rocks placed in just the right way that if you weren't extremely focused on the ground, you would certainly break your ankles. This run exceeded the sights of the first run, with trees shading the trail and trees surrounding us in mountainous ranges. We learned the hard way today that it is REALLY important to wash your hands before touching or handling food, especially after taking care of business. Over half the team had to pay an uncomfortable trip to the woods during some point in the run to take care of some uncontrollable business, or as Wilson calls it, the effects of fecal oral contamination. 

It remains to be seen what Truckee holds for us this week, but we all really hope the second run doesn't repeat itself ever again.

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Community

When folks talk about nordic skiing often community or team rank as the most important piece. I've always felt really lucky that I've been a part of so many great communities and so many great teams.

This week we opened up our team to a larger portion of the Boise nordic community, and I think that it may be just the beginning of something huge.

 

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The junior team joined our masters group for intervals on the elephant rock trail. The energy that the kids brought to the workout completely changed the dynamic for our masters. The larger group, and fact that these masters were 3-4 times older (and still getting after it!) completely changed the dynamic for the kids. 

It was especially cool to see kids teamed up with their parents on these relay-style intervals.

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After the intervals we returned to Fort Boise for strength in the park. Again i think the masters were surprised by the energy these kids brought to strength. It's important to focus when you need to focus, but it's also pretty cool to be laughing while doing something as painful and mind-numbing as push-ups.

 

This is something we're going to do again...

Footspeed

Here in Boise we are at quite a low elevation compared to our Intermountain competitors. The way that we trained last year (and I suspect for many years in the past) that has been a disadvantage for BBNT. We train just like the rest of intermountain - with a focus on building the biggest engine that we possibly can. 

This year we're turning that disadvantage into an advantage - we're putting all of that extra air to work and focusing on our speed - footspeed, skate speed, striding speed, double pole speed. I don't think that a week has gone by this summer without a short speed session. Last week we did three (and a half if you count our agility session). There are no secrets in XC skiing, and our goal this winter is to be FAST!

Watch out!

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