I had a pretty exciting week! I started off the week with A LOT of double pole. I have been really focusing on technique because becoming efficient and strong is important! I have learned a really cool double pole progression from my teammates, where you focus on one aspect of the double pole and exaggerate it, then another part, ending with putting it all together. This week I also added double pole intervals that were hard but super fun! It feels good to go hard on rollerskis.
On Thursday my dad came to visit me and celebrate my 18th birthday. We watched the football game together and the next morning I showed him my strength routine. My mom then also arrived on Friday and she cooked German goulash for my birthday celebration! My mom and dad prepared a delicious dinner and of course our traditional birthday cake for the 30 of us that night. It was great to have my parents in town and all of my teammates there.
Saturday morning, on my actual birthday, my parents and I headed out for a distance bike ride and also observed T2 during their intervals. We then went home and had lunch outside and headed back out for a hike up Bromley. The weather was gorgeous and we even got to ride the Alpine Slide down! It was really great to see my parents and spend a few days with them.
Sunday we headed up to Lake Placid for a training camp at the Olympic Training Center. At our team meeting Sunday night, Bryan Fish got cupcakes for everyone to celebrate my birthday; it was really thoughtful and delicious! Today we had morning skate intervals and I did bike intervals instead. In the afternoon we did double pole intervals and the weather was absolutely perfect. The intervals felt really good so I would say the first day of camp went well! Stoked for the rest of the week!