Admittedly the weather did take a gradual downhill turn towards the end of the of our stay. It was pretty windy in the open sections, making it too cold to wear shorts. It snowed a lot and the grooming wasn't always spot on. When it snowed up top it meant running on nice single track trail in the rain down in Bend. Clearly life was rough.
|This is the face of|
the guy who made
the A1 team.
The flight home was somewhat uneventful. A no extra baggage fee trip is rare gem. Our flight out of San Francisco didn't leave until 10:30 at night. This ended up being a blessing in disguise because I was able to crash out for the duration of an otherwise boring blood clot (modern fixed wing flight) session. We were all granted a few days off before the next training cycle starts up again. The legs should be ready to fire come tomorrow morning.
Bend provided almost every kind of snow condition there was. After World Champs in Ruhpolding last year it was clear that I needed to be better equipped for slushy conditions. Per and I did some technique work and pretty much solved the problem in one workout. I also got an intro to some strength training ideas, a new secret USBA interval workout, and I finally have a clear idea of what the next few months are going to look like. The balance of home time to LP time looks just right.