After returning from Marquette I had a week of playing catch up on sleep, recovery and life. I knew we were training hard and a lot up in Marquette but I couldn't believe how tired it made me when we returned home!!! Continuing with the recent theme in my training I cut back quite a bit on volume during my time in Marquette and instead focused on my speed and intensity as well as quality recovery. Turns out there is a reason we don't do too much high volume and high intensity. After an easy week it was time to start training more volume and harder again. These past two weeks have been a great opportunity to be back with the Twin Cities ski community and get the opportunity to jump into a few local running events.
Tuesday night I headed over to St. Paul to get a great workout in with Endurance United. They were doing their second double pole only time trial. It was a great 1.5 KM uphill test that was immediately followed by some more double pole and kick double pole intervals. It was fun to share some new technique topics with the group.
|Head Coach of EU Jake Morgan and I go head to head in the TT!|
|The Tuesday night EU interval group!|
My first running race of the fall was the Trail Loppet 13.1K. They also have a 1/2 Marathon and 5K event and it is held right out my back door on the Theodore Wirth trails. The City of Lakes Loppet Foundation puts on this event as well as the Tri-Loppet (a triathlon), the City Trail Race (10 Mile Urban Trail Run) and the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Races in the winter. Brian and I feel pretty lucky to be a part of such an awesome club that holds so many events, clinics and races in our neighborhood.
|Biking to the start. We could also run but wanted to bring our bags so we could change for the after party!|
|Brian leading it out. Photo: Skinnyski|
|Hanging onto some men during the race. Photo: Skinnyski|
|The Patrick Henry Nordic Team representing at the Trail Loppet.|
|Hanging out at our sponsor Hoigaard's tent after the race.|
|The boys starting out hard.|
|The girls not too far behind!|
|Trianna, myslef and Dottie post workout smiles.|
|Team Madshus Ladies!|
|Great to have some video footage to analyze technique.|
Caitlin Gregg and Annie Hart Skate Intervals L3 to L4 finish approximately 6 minutes River Road Afton MN Sep 28 2016 from Anne Hart on Vimeo.
This past weekend was the Birkie Trail Run and Trek. The events included everything from a kids run through an Ultra 100K! Brian and I raced the hilly 1/2 marathon course and had a blast at the weekend's events as American Birkibeiner Ambassadors. Annie and Kyle Bratrud, who are also Birkie Ambassadors were also at the event signing autographs, leading the kids in agility and warm up drills for their races. Annie also ran the Marathon on the 3 person team!
|Brian and Kyle leading the kids in a warm-up for their race!|
|Annie and Brian working with some young athletes at the expo the day before.|
|Radio interview for the American Birkebeiner|
On Sunday Morning we woke up early and headed out to Cable to host a rollerski clinic presented by our new sponsor Timber Ford of Hayward. The event was a huge success and we followed up the 30 minute clinic with another 3.5 hours of skiing on Lake Owen Drive.