Any racer has been in the situation where he wants or must go for a social ride, run, rollerski or hike - not optimal for training. There are two obvious solutions to this problem: decline or mix it up.
There have been Regional Elite Group camps in each region this summer. Matt Whitcomb and Pat Casey have lead this charge from the USST side of things and regional coaches have lead it from the club side of things.
World Champion skier Todd Lodwick learned Wednesday that watching the Tour de France can be as dangerous as competing. The U.S. Ski Team athlete was involved in a car-bike collision while riding back from spectating at a Tour stage.
While Lance Armstrong was chasing teammate Alberto Contador up the climb to Verbier Sunday, athletes of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team were previewing stage 17 of the Tour de France from Bourg-Ste.-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand.