J– July training. July is one of the more intense months of training. The combination of a huge amount of volume, and the start to a lot of intensity makes for some pretty tired bodies! Thanks to lots of help from Advanced Physical Therapy, and Zuzana Rodgers, we are able to get some help taking care of fatigued bodies. It was pretty amazing to have Zuzana up on the glacier with us last camp helping us recovery from high loads of training!
Lot’s of amazing hours of training! (Ophira Group photo)
U– Unbelievable summer. After waiting all june and july for summer to come, our unbelievable summer came for three days. For three days, all of Anchorage enjoyed 80+ degrees of heat. I think it is safe to say that every Anchorage citizen got sun burned over last weekend. When you break out your bikini once a summer, no level of SPF can save the burn! Thankfully summer hit during the weekend, so we got to really enjoy the heat. I think I may have spent 48 hours straight in a bikini! We are now back overcast season. That was fun while it lasted! The wait makes those perfect days way exponentially amazing.
48 hours in a bikini!
The sun has a tendency to bring up your stoke! Enjoying our monthly Delta Constructors hike with some sunshine!
Alaska summer footwear… forget about the flip flops!
Alaska sun bathing…
L– Lighting Storms! Last camp we had this amazing thunder and lighting storm roll over the glacier. One minute were were out on the snow doing speed, and the next minute we were sprinting up the access hill for the building as we heard the storm coming. We made it back safe, and all watched from the window as lighting struck on the rocks all around us, and an enormous hail storm moved through.
Sprinting for the building as the storm moves in (Zuzana Rogers photo).
Y- YESSSSSS, that was my answer when my boyfriend of seven years proposed to me. It was our seven year dating anniversary, and a beautiful day out in the mountains, so it really couldn’t have gotten much better when he got down on one knee! Fortunately it happened the day after the completion of an intense training block, so we got a few days to celebrate and enjoy some time in the mountains together.
Celebrating on a ferry down to Valdez.
Alaska is one beautiful place! Chasing glaciers at Thompson Pass.
Not easy to catch the sunset in the summer… you have to really commit to making it that late!
J- Jokes on you! With our collection of young athletes that joined the elite team this year, the atmosphere is never too heavy! It has been fun to not only have a new generation of talent around, but also a new generation of excitement to remind us how lucky we are! There is certainly no shortage of jokes!
A- Aware season. How are you bear aware? More than ever, people are becoming bear aware while they are enjoying the outdoors right now. If you run into me out training in the woods right now, don’t be surprised if you can hear me from two miles away. Between my bear bell and my constant yelling and chattering… I don’t travel quietly. That is because surprising Mr. Bear is about as bad as it gets. I also don’t hit the woods without my bear spray in case things get serious (I always hope not).
Priorities… replacing my water bottle with bear spray.
N- NBC filming. It was fun to have some NBC crews up in Alaska filming Eagle Glacier, and some of our team work down in town. I love the opportunity to share our sport with the country during Olympic year, and show a little bit more behind the scenes of “skinny ski’s”.
Behind the scenes…
G- Goof-ups. On Eagle Glacier, we have an access road that leads down to our 8k loop. This access road is a pretty high speed decent, with a small turn midway down. In an effort to get more comfortable at high speed on my skis, I have been trying to make it down this hill without breaking into any sort of speed check or snow plow. On day two of camp, I accidentally took too much speed into the corner, and rag dolled down the climb… resulting in my first ever black eye. I am not entirely sure how it happened, but after a few days of nasty, it started to resemble an unbelievable make up job as it healed… better than my average ability to apply make-up.
A- Attack of the mosquitos! Turns out this extremely wet summer of ours has created quite the amazing life for the mosquitos. After spending a night camping out in the Valley… I learned that sleeping outdoors is not something you do right now. If you plan on getting some zzzzz’s… keep it inside. 100 percent deet is recommended!
Jo’s attempt to fend against the mosquitos during camping.