Park City Pre-Season

  • 4 days until we are on snow
  • 10 days until the first race 
  • 46 days until the official race season begins
  • -3 days since the final dry land camp of the year

For the past two weeks the Alberta World Cup Academy, along with the World Cup Team and a few CNEPH training centre athletes, have been in Park City Utah for our final pre-season dry land camp. The Park City camp was an altitude camp, being at over 2000m we spent a lot of our time climbing up passes and running up mountains making our way towards the 3000m mark.

Heidi and Cendrine climbing up by East Canyon on one of our 3 hour days
It’s hard not to smile when you are running through trees like this. The sun and the leaves showering us with a beautiful yellow glow.

A beautiful run up and along mid-mountain trail, there were so many great running options right from our door.

A little friday night high school football under the lights. Go Miners. Getting our American culture fix

Hour 2.5 of 3, still all smiles switchbacking up to Guardsman Pass

Striding up to Gaurdsman Pass from the other side, enjoying the beautiful autumn colours it had to offer.

Alysson and I taking advantage of the beautiful trails on our last workout of the camp

Park City was one of the best camps I have been on in a long time. I loved the location and the training was great. We did a pursuit time trial at Soldier Hollow cross country trails on their roller ski loop, it felt like a real winter race with steep descents and even steeper climbs. It was great to see all the girls times so close together. We also simulated a sprint race and got a couple other good zone 3 group intensities in between our long distance training days. I feel like I have made great gains this camp and am very excited to use what I have been working on in the races to come!! 

We finished off the camp with a team Turkey dinner (and I made pumpkin cheesecake, above, for dessert) before traveling home! Now that we are back in Canmore it is time to get out the skis and prepare for the two frozen thunder races next week. I can’t wait for the season to start!!!!

The next update there will be snow! Thanks for reading


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