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Back from West Yellowstone thrust into a snow blighted Western NY.  Reality sucks, although always  love every second of it.  Relegated to dryland training in a cold grey damp wet world.  Luckily almost  decade ago invested in a Skatemill ( 8×14’Rollerski Treadmill)  Since 2009 fall have utilized it maybe 2 x to 0 a year.  It actually is a great medium for XC training.

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A little longer clip 16km/hr 9% grade using Jeremy Teela’s race skis to get fast tempo

Training impetus reinforced with new found invigoration  after spending the greater part of 2 weeks training with Brian Gregg out West.  Tuesday afternoon did 6*10 min threshold rollers in the rain at Victor Hills area in spitting rain into darkness. Faced with rain and darkness after work got reacquainted with old friend Mr. Skatemill.  Started with 2 hour over distance Skating Wednesday, a couple of short sessions also, then a great interval workout after dark with 11yo megalomaniac  controlling the speed.

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Before heading West during last classic rollerski workout had a real old classic rollerski wheel give out, was hoping there would be snow upon return.   Since have major challenge in racing 2 classic ski marathons for CXC Marathon Team this upcoming winter( Being a Skating Specialist) Out West skied about 45% Classic Technique with at  least 20km of striding without poles, great for developing good kick.  Have been getting nervous not roller skiing classic since returning. Found some old V2 Jenex 910’s and Salomon boots from around 1990 and skied classic to warm up for a power workout last night. It was very awkward at first classic skiing on the treadmill albeit was using skating poles(ova only one pair with tips modified for skate mill use.

Will keep watching the weather forecast, thinking about finding some snow.  This week looking forward to start utilizing Firstbeat Software to directly alter day to day training. This should allow for more optimization of matching rest to training stimulus.

West Yellowstone Mini-Camp Culiminates in Brian Gregg Earning World Cup Start in Davos and with JackedUp Going Half-Speed

Start Polesimage.jpegPerfectly awesome 2 weeks training in the winter wonderland, ski-paradise also known as West Yellowstone. TeamGregg teamed up with CXC Marathon team member JackedUp to get the jump on some preseason and final race prep for the first USSA Supertour Races.

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JackedUp came straight from manning an Anesthesia Machine 8-16 hr a day to masquerading as a Worldclass XC Skier.

Training approximately 4 hrs a day. Usually a day consists of prebreakfast run and core work, morning ski  afternoon ski sometimes combined with power strength sessions.

Great opportunity to get used to and test out this years new equipment

Responsive skiing with great technique due to Rossignol Skis and Boots, hands kept warm with this years line of TOKO gloves over mitts and mittens, Rossignol skis gliding fast and kicking great with TOKO wax and tools, great vision in sun and clouds due to Rudy Project Glasses, pushing forward with stiff well swinging  Start Poles, kept dry and warm with hard training in extreme conditions with Craftsportswear long underwear race suits and trading clothes, feet kept warm with Fitsocks.

Second week most of immiediate family came to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The 2 weeks of training Culminated in 2 Supertour races. Brian crushed the 15km Skate Supertour Race beating out training brother Matt Liebsch by 5 seconds and getting a Worldcup start in 2 weeks at Davos 30km individual start skate race.  Brian also had a decent sprint race finishing 10th.

Meanwhile JackedUp raced at Half-speed to finish in the top half both days. Got to meet up with more members of the CXC Team, Coach Andy Keller getting us squared away for the season. Superstar Kyle Bertraud getting his season going. Fellow Marathon Racer Andy Brown and Alice Flanders also the Russion phenom Natalia.  Also pictured is the Mad TOKO Scientist/Magician Chris Magerl giving a wax clinic boosted with with whiskey tasting and flames. Not a recommendation generally.

Was extracted back to reality in the East through Park City and got to get a short 10mile tour of the area with old friend Bill Demong and his superfast Canine.

Folks hopefully this story is just beginning approximately 80 days to the Birke.