Sunday, October 18, 2009

Time Management by Jenny

Jenny is a junior at Saint Cloud State University and is majoring in communication studies and marketing. She is the captain of the Nordic ski team, and is also a member of the cycling team.

This last month has been really hectic with adjusting to new classes and scheduling practice time outside of it. Training wise, the program here at SCSU is very much what you make of it. We’re a women’s only team and there are thirteen skiers total, three of whom are freshman and one a junior transfer from the University of Wyoming. We practice 5 days a week as a team; weekends are usually on your own. This year thus far we’ve had a few team time trials on rollerskis to simulate a race situation and to keep our racing mentality intact. Much of our technical focus has been on improving double pole technique, working on a dynamic arm swing. As for strength, we average around 2-2.5 hours of strength training per week. Many exercises we do are body-weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and lunges.

Recently we‘ve had some great upgrades to our ski room, which is an old racquetball court in the basement of our athletic facility. Fifteen new cubbies designed to hold our equipment! Hopefully the October snow was a positive indicator of what’s in store for the future, in the mean time, think snow!


Monday, October 12, 2009

October Skis by Matt Liebsch

Matt Liebsch is a member of the CXC Elite cross country ski team and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Electrical Engineering.He is an Olympic hopeful and had a very successful 2009 season… 3rd Place at US Nationals, Mora Vasaloppet winner and American Birkebeiner Champion.When Matt is not training and racing he is helping out at Gear West or spending time with his wife, one-year-old son and new baby girl Samantha.

It snowed last night and this morning in the Twin Cities and we received enough snow for me to venture out on an anonymous golf course in the western suburbs. The skiing was great with a little silicon spray on the entire length of a pair of rock crown skis. I just got back from an intense camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY so I didn't ski for very long… just enough rekindle the fire for real snow!

Train hard, train smart