All of Summer, in pics

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Ok, well I clearly fell off the blogging horse pretty hard. I think I landed straight on my head actually… Its basically been all summer since I posted. So, in order to make up for that, buckle up and hang on, cause here we go on “Reese’s summer” in one blog post to get all caught up.

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June started off with the first glacier training camp of the year. Eagle glacier was looking very wintry that early, and the skiing was actually extremely good, even if the visibility wasn’t:

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We all converge out of the fog on the stadium to get some fuel and friendship:

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Tools:

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Apparently the GoPro thinks I’m a goofy one-balloon-legged, cheese-ball-grin-wearing troll:

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After that week, I headed north to Fairbanks to hang out with my fam for my grandmas 85th birthday. Driving through the Alaska range, looking at Denali:

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My grandma is known in town as the impressive old lady who still does all the running races, albeit walking… but she is a huge inspiration to all of us. I will be stoked if I’m still that active at that age. All the Alaska fam got together and ran the Midnight Sun Run together, which is a really fun, late night 10k through the heart of the city. Pre race team shot:

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Its actually a really sweet scene. The race winds through all these all these cool neighborhoods packed with people out cheering. I hadn’t done a real road running race in a long time, and it was a pretty fun, and painful, way to push myself to new flat pavement speeds:

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My brother and I got interviewed on television right after the race, talking about the traditions of this race and how we use it to prepare for ski races:

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Training some aquatic yardage at the Alaska Club:

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One of the highlights of my summer has been getting hooked up with a Scott Genius from the incredible crew at Chain Reaction Cycles. I have ridden a lot of bikes in my life, and I genuinely believe this is the best all around mountain bike in existence right now. Imagine a bike that can make you want to launch off of every jump and smooth out the biggest, most unpleasant rocks and roots, and then with one flick of the thumb instantly locks out both front and rear and begs to be sprinted up the next long climb. Needless to say, I have been very excited about putting in mileage on it, and am so thankful to Chain Reaction for their support. They make you feel right at home, and are so nice and helpful with whatever kind of bike you might be looking for.

pic - Jake Bassett

pic – Jake Bassett

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Valdez for the 4th of July. Cleaning fresh yellow-eye snapper right outta the icy sea:

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Sea kayaking with miss Jessica:

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July glacier camp was another solid one. We were so lucky to have Zuzana Rogers, from our team’s pt partner Advanced Physical Therapy, up there that week with us. A bunch of us had injuries, whether overuse from way too many miles pounding our joints, or acute from some sort of rollerski crash or tumble in the mountains, that she worked tirelessly to fix so that we could keep training hard. She also took some great pics up there, like this one of us boys heading off the line in a sprint simulation:

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pic – Zuzana Rogers

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There were some crazy skies and cloud colors that week:

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Post team sprint intervals, podium ceremony:

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pic – Zuzana Rogers

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Flora. The tireless, dedicated-beyond-belief, Renaissance coach… ceaselessly coaching:

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When I got down from that week of skiing my brains out, I raced the Hammerman Triathlon, which is part of the national XTerra off-road tri series. I raced it a couple times back as a teenager, but it’s been a while. I was excited about having a non ski specific race to focus my mental energy on. It’s definitely a little bit different, charging through an open water swim and then hopping on the bike and hammering for an hour, and then trying to run fast. You can read the newspaper article about the race, with some quotes from me (which make me sound like a whiner… didnt mean it that way!!) HERE.

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Transition 1:

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I was pretty happy with how I performed… I was second out of the water, 3rd on the bike split, and then won the run split to take second overall:

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I got to ride the downhill trails at Alyeska for the first time since the Chair 6 trails opened…  such an unreal dh biking experience. The singletracks weaving down Glacier Bowl are incredible!

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And the lower mountain’s rich loamy dirt is woods riding at its finest:

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Third and final on snow training camp of the summer:

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Tyler, logging those long K’s:

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Having the opportunity to ski on snow, on real courses that simulate real race courses, so close to home, is really quite incredible. I am so thankful to the Alaska Pacific University, the Nordic Ski Center, and each of their supporters for helping us be able to train at this world class level. The camp also relies on a few individuals who work insanely hard to keep it running in such an extreme environment; basically Erik Flora and Don, Andre, and Dylan. Thanks guys for all you do! Don and Andre trying to pretend they’re not exhausted:

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I been really loving being able to monitor my training and check out the GPS mapping capabilities of my Suunto Ambit. It is the most capable watch I have ever seen:

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pic – Forrest Mahlen

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The scale up there is just insane. The vastness of the land is hard to grasp, unless youre there with it towering over you. Scroll down on this picture slowly, and check out the skier in middle of the s-turn climb:

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We had beautiful weather in August. It was clear almost all week, which made for wet snow skiing and amazing sunsets. The latter of which good for some epic yo-yo sessions…David shredding:

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Loving my new Alaska hoody from Jolly Roger:

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Its been a great summer of training on Eagle Glacier. I think had some of my most productive camps yet. It’s a little sad to think that its over… till next year:

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Wedding season… and imagine that, hot enough weather to need shade:

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Big mountain riding…

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Loving my Genius so much on this ride. 4000ft climb, and then 4000ft descent… grip and rip!

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pic – Peter Kling

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That about gets my updated to now… I will be updating much more often from here on. Thanks for reading!

– Happy Trails – Reese

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