• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
    • Bend, I don't know how to ski, great lunches...

      May 23, 2013

       It’s Wednesday. Wednesday, May 22nd to be exact and I’m down here in Central Oregon. Read: south; latitudinal-south anyway – especially for a kid from Sudbury, ON. And it’s snowing. Not just that “Christmas special on tv, lightly falling on the picture perfect pines” snow either, as we were greeted this morning to 7 inches of new snow on the Mt. Bachelor trails ahead of our planned intensity! Crazytown. But as a cross country skier it was a serious blessing in disguise, as the snowpack up at Bachelor this season prior to the snowstorm had been the lowest I’ve ever seen it for our annual Bend camp.
       
      As you’ve gathered – or if you read my previous Wednesday’s selection – I am indeed down here in Bend, Oregon for our first official training camp of the year. I absolutely love being down here and although there’s a good chance I will write this about every training camp of the year, I am a pretty sure that Bend is my favorite camp we do. The variety of great training we are able to bang out is unparalleled and the skiing up at Mt. Bachelor for late May in my experience has always been stellar. The terrain is perfect, there is a lot of kilometers groomed – so variety and congestion isn’t an issue and everyone is so excited to be back into the groove of training and preparing for the upcoming racing season meaning the stoke is high on all the faces you see out there – rain or shine...