Summer of 2015
Iím writing this down on the last day of the ďPark CityĒ training camp. Itís been pretty hard three weeks of training at the altitude in Park city / Salt Lake City area. This day is pretty important, itís kind of iconic even, and it summons up all of summerís hard work, every brutal intensity, countless hours on the trails and in the gym, sweat and blood, if you will.
Now, I look back on that time block from April to October, and trying to figure it out if Iíve done enough, worked hard enough to be ready for the upcoming season, compare this training year to some past years when I had good results. The thing is Ė you just never know, how I would feel in couple of month when Iíll be racing my butt off in Europe.
Summer went by fast, this year, I spent way more time training home in Canmore, compare to past years. One of the highlights was a visit of my good friend and Sochi Olympics Bronze medalist, Ilia Chernousov. He wanted to get used to training, racing and just spent more time in Canmore, since it host of the World Cup finals, AKA Tour of Canada in the upcoming season. This was a big bonus for me, here in North America we donít get to train with Europeans that often, especially in the summer period, so it was pretty cool to have him in Canmore as a training partner, and compare my speed and strength to someone that is not my teammate.
Our team has been coming to Utah for training in the fall in the past 6 years, and there is a few reasons why. First of all, countless miles of great trails, road and canyons for running, biking and rollerskiing, and weather this time of the year is perfect. In the three week period we got only couple of days of raining, other than that itís very dry, sunny and warm.
This camp showed that Iím in pretty good shape, and I could ďdigestĒ pretty easily big load of training hours, alongside with hard intensities and strength at the gym. On one of the last days of the camp, team had a skate Sprint Prologue followed by 15km Skate time trial at the famous Soldier Hollow. I did surprisingly well at the sprint - 3rd place, only 1sec behind winner Alex Harvey and 2nd place, 5 second behind (again) Alex at the distance race. I know it doesnít mean much, but still gives me a bit more confidence before actual races begins in November.
In about a month, Iíll be traveling to Europe to get final preparation for the World Cup racing.
Iíll keep you posted.
Wish me luck. :)