Update from the NTG.
The National Training Group Camp got underway on June 11th with a time trial up Salt Lake City's famous Agony Hill. This time trial has been used for many, many years and while the start position has had to be moved a few times because of construction of a hospital modern finish times can be compared with the older ones.
Agony starts at the edge of town and heads straight up from there.
The grade is goes from steep to moderate...
With a little gradual section toward the top...
and is the perfect pitch to test aerobic prowess...
A final kick up at the end. The NTG athletes cheer for a teammate.
In the afternoon the NTG had a distance session with the emphasis on double pole...
Weather turned from perfect and cool to a downpour. But that didn't matter.
Good work was done regardless. Remember to wear bright clothing when you rollerski and to always be watchful (and of course wear your helmet). The next day we were out at Soldier Hollow...
Andy Newell participating in the NTG camp.
DU coaches Dave Stewart and Hennie Kashiwa assisted with the first three days of the camp. Here in the rain at SoHo.
Liz Stephen training with the NTG on a V1 emphasis session at SoHo. We did no poles and with poles repeats up Hermod's working on the technique.
Today the NTG was again out at SoHo but this time we were doing classical speed including starts (striding into double pole), transitions (tuck into double pole into striding), drop-in's (assisted speed double pole). We did a few of each at about 90% and then a few of each head-to-head. This afternoon is an easy distance run of up to an hour and a half.
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