BY LAURA INKILA & KATHERINE DENIS
Woke up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy
This camp has been super fun,with some serious to it. Just to let all of you know, we HAVE been training, not just being like P.Diddy. Today, we did our second intensity and first Z4 workout of the week. We felt like we were going to yack on the beautiful tunnel snow. This feeling was a good thing, meaning we were going hard and pushing our max. Coach Pavlina and Coach Jonesie practiced their dart skills on our fingers and called it lactate testing. They are testing lactate in the blood to see how hard we are working. It’s a better indicator than heart rates. Good luck mom and dad trying to clean the blood off our gloves and everywhere else our fingers touched! The team worked very hard to achieve our technique goals and keep a Z4 pace. During our workout we missed our best friends from the Russian national team, especially Pav.
After the tough workout we had our first non-German meal since we got here. Spaghetti! It was delicious! Now, we all know (or should know) that recovery is almost as important as the actual workouts. Rule was to have 2 full hours of quiet time, by yourself without technology. Some of us had a hard time with that, considering the sound of the faint cry of our phones in the distance.
In the afternoon, we went back to the tunnel and had an AWESOME technique session. Everyone improved so much in only one hour! Not even kidding, we are pretty great. We can probably beat the Russians now. (Not being cocky or anything) The main focus was to lengthen our stride and get our hips up for good weight transfer. It feels like you’re going as fast but not breathing hard and dying. I especially worked hard on this, it’s finally making sense! Feels great! Me [Laura] learned to lengthen my stride when classic skiing by following other athletes.
All and all, it was a super awesome day! We have two more days of great training ahead of us and looking forward to it!