Eastern REG camp

29.Jun.2012 by Ida Sargent

This week forty of New England’s top junior skiers came to Craftsbury for a training camp so we’ve had lots of company on the trails and roads during our training sessions.  The first few days were cold and wet so we were all very excited when the sun came out yesterday afternoon.  The camp started with an agility rollerski test which Pat and Alex participated in at the Lake Region parking lot and included slalom, 360s and running across the grass with your skis on.  Clare and I did the Canadian strength test which was a minute of pullups, a minute of situps, a minute of pushups, a minute of box jumps, and finally a minute of jumps.  Then  on Wednesday the entire team raced the Elmore Mountain Time Trial up Mt. Elmore.  In addition to these tests there have been lots of distance and interval sessions on rollerskis and running on the ski trails.  The Stratton Elite Team came up for the last couple days and it has been great to have a huge training group.  I was feeling pretty old early in the week since I only knew a few of the REG camp juniors but it was a nice opportunity to meet the up and coming fast juniors.  Here are a few pictures from the week thanks to Liz Kantack.

Caitlin and I took the J2s and Junior women on a skate rollerski on the creek road yesterday and it was great to see the sun after a few rainy days.omen

Caitlin and I took the J2s and Junior women on a skate rollerski on the creek road yesterday and it was great to see the sun after a few rainy days.omen

Luckily there isn't too much traffic because we had a long line of rollerskiers.

Luckily there isn't too much traffic because we had a long line of rollerskiers.

Nils set a new course record on the Elmore TT.

Nils set a new course record on the Elmore TT.

The TT takes about 20 minutes and the steepest section is right before the finish.  Here Pat crests the top with less than 100meters until the finish.

The TT takes about 20 minutes and the steepest section is right before the finish. Here Pat crests the top with less than 100meters until the finish.

Han and Suz are injured and skiwalked the course instead and were great cheerers on the final stretch.

Han and Suz are injured and skiwalked the course instead and were great cheerers on the final stretch.

I of course started out a little too hard and was in a world of pain by the finish as my face shows.  But I was psyched with a PR time

I of course started out a little too hard and was in a world of pain by the finish as my face shows. But I was psyched afterward with a new PR.

Today the Craftsbury road department closed the North Craftsbury Road for us so the entire group could do double pole intervals together safely.  It's great to be apart of such a supportive community!  Here is the boys start with a huge group of guys stretching across both lanes of traffic.

Today the Craftsbury road department closed the North Craftsbury Road for us so the entire group could do double pole intervals together safely. It's great to be apart of such a supportive community! Here is the boys start with the huge group of guys stretching across both lanes of the road

Each interval felt a bit like a mass start race and it was great to have the head to head competition.

Each interval felt a bit like a mass start race and it was great to have the head to head competition.

Pat, Newell, and Tim lead the men's group on the steeper section of the course.

Pat, Newell, and Tim lead the men's group on the steeper section of the course.