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NPR's Sam Evans-Brown reports on Roller ski training from REG camp
July 1, 2012

Eastern REG camp concludes with an overdistance workout


Saturday the REG and J2 REG headed out on their final workout of camp- a rollerski-run combo. It was hot, but the breeze kept the athletes rolling along in good form.

Eleven workouts in seven days with six being intensity or speed, makes for a mindful week. Mindful in that the athletes really need to pay attention to the details like hydrating, eating enough calories, rest and recovery.

They are getting more dialed in to this every time this camp is run. I witnessed campers taking advantage of the rainer first days by settling into the cabins with their feet propped up for recovery. Wihtout access to internet and cell phones, rest came easier!

On the whole, the campers felt the mix of intensity and recovery struck a good balance. They are there to train and hopefully, to take advantage of having the Elite/Pro team athletes around. "Going for it" on a session where you can ski behind someone like Andy Newell, or Ida Sargent, is an opportunity to jump on!

A huge thank you goes out to the following people:

Hosmer Point staff, Craftsbury Outdoor Center staff, owners Judy Geer and Dick Dreissigacker, Pepa Miloucheva and Jeremy Nellis, Bryan Fish, USSA Development Coach and USST, Amy Caldwell (Caldwell Sports), Rob Bradlee (CSU), Chris City (Harvard), Liz Kantack (SMS), Jason Hettenbaugh (Rochester Nordic), Kate Barton, Pete Phillips, (Burke), Gus Kaeding (SMS) and all of the GRP and SMS Elite athletes for making this camp a success. The continued support of everyone enables us to not only make these camps happen, but happen on a level that is crucial to athlete development in New England.

Some of these athletes will be heading to other camps later in the season, some training at home with their clubs. Many of the J2's will be heading back to Craftsbury the first week in August for the National J2 Camp- but the mission remains the same: Consistency and mindful training and recovery.

If you have a chance to stop in during the J2 camp, please let me know. It will be a great opportunity to come out and watch the best J2's in the country getting after it. Enjoy summer!

Janice Sibilia, NENSA Director- Competitive Programs

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