Friday, 4 October 2013

Part 3, Revelstoke

After Rossland we headed to Revelstoke for even more training. Back in my Banff Ski Runner days we came here multiple times throughout the summer and training there again brought back some good memories as well as some painful training sessions. Although the weather looked like it was going to be pretty miserable the whole time we did end up with a couple nice days. They may not have been the warmest days but the hot tub changed that.
Arrow Lakes ferry ride
 Our home for the week was just outside town and was a nice little house with a massive yard perfect for badminton and some vicious bocce ball games.
our revelstoke home for the week

hammock land

Intense games of badminton thrown down
 Our first training session was some hard skate rollerskiing intensity out where we were staying. The next day was one of the coldest, we headed out to the Revelstoke dam and beyond however it was very windy and extremly cold. However if you ever find yourself in town and wanting to go for a nice road ride that is the perfect road. It seems to be never ending with some pretty big climbs.
Riding past the Revelstoke dam

Revelstoke Dam

Amazing road to bike on but it was freezing and very windy
 Next on the training plan was ski striding intensity. We headed up the trails that wind their way up to the top of Mount Revelstoke.
Ski Striding intensity up Mount Revelstoke

Chris hard at work in our cozy home
 Our second day in a row of mount revelstoke was on the road this time. This included a whole lot of double poling to get our upper bodies nice and sore for tomorrows three hour run.
Double pole workout up Mount Revelstoke

Soccer game with the develpment squad and bc team
 The next day the plan was to run Keystone where the coaches had biked through snow a couple days before. However after hearing that there was way more snow up there then before we decided to save our frozen toes and check out the bike trails throughout the local cross country ski area. If only i had brought my mountain bike with me...
Three hour run before a painful running race
 Our last day had everyone waking up quite sore from the last couple days of training (mostly the soccer game). It was the day for us to head back, however we still had to do a running race before climbing in the van. It was three laps of a short course that had one long climb and one long decent. It was a vey hard course however me and Andrew managed to stick together the whole time and had a fun wrestling match in the middle as well as a sprint to the finish. He may have won the wrestling but i was just saving up to get him in the sprint.
Just about to tackle Andrew up the next hill

Getting chased down by the bc team
We are now all back home resting up before starting some fitness testing in a couple weeks. Look to see some records broken after all that training.

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