Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer Training



Hi Everyone!

I just got back from a beautiful run in the Rawah Wilderness and I am stoked for the rest of the summer full of mountain runs!

If you are in town and you want to join us for any of our summer workouts here is the schedule.

  • Tuesday:
    • 6:25 am, CrossFit 7220 - Rebuilding Strength
    • 5:30pm, Education Gym - Yo-ski (combination of yoga and strength)
  • Wednesday:
    • 5pm - OD run
  • Thursday:
    • 6:25 am, CrossFit 7220 - Rebuilding Strength
    • 5:30pm, Education Gym - Yo-ski (combination of yoga and strength)
  • Friday: 6:30am Turtle Rock Coffee - Double-pole Rollerski
  • Saturday: TBA

If you are looking to do some training on your own don't forget you can join SNOW and have some amazing training resources right at your finger tips. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Kicking off Summer!

Hi all you amazing skiers!

I hope that your summer is off to a great start!  I got to go up to my home town of Leadville Co. and adventure in my most favorite mountains.  It was fabulous and mind and soul healing. 

If you are in town and you are looking for some training buddies here are a few options for you. 

  • Tuesday:
    • 6:25 am, CrossFit 7220 - Rebuilding Strength
    • 5:30pm, Education Gym - Yo-ski (combination of yoga and strength)
  • Wednesday:
    • 5pm - OD run
  • Thursday:
    • 6:25 am, CrossFit 7220 - Rebuilding Strength
    • 5:30pm, Education Gym - Yo-ski (combination of yoga and strength)
  • Friday: 6:30am Turtle Rock Coffee - Double-pole Rollerski
  • Saturday: TBA

If you are looking to do some training on your own don't forget you can join SNOW and have some amazing training resources right at your finger tips. 

Also, Base Camp (the store formally known as Cross Country Connection) is offering some great summer time adventures.  Here is what they have going on:

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know a few events that are going on at Basecamp for nordic skiers and biathletes. There are more details on the flier so feel free to pass it on to your teams and organizations.

Saturday 5/19/18 9-11 am Drop in rollerskiing workshop and in-store demo. This event is free, and we're actually going to push back our clothing racks so people can rollerski in our shop! We'll talk rollerskiing safety, where to ski, and how to incorporating rskiing into a training program. We'll also be spending the day renting rollerskis to any skiers looking to get some summer training in. Rental rates and more about the event are attached.

Sunday 5/10/18 1-3 pm Summer storage wax workshop for athletes looking to learn how to prep their ski bases for the summer. We'll have a door prize and 4-5 wax bench stations set up in our store for skiers to stop by and work on their skis. We'll also have 2-3 ski techs on hand to walk them through the process and answer any questions. This event is free and open to anyone, even if they don't have their own skis to work on.

Sunday 5/27/18 2 pm. Presentation about adaptive skiing and the Paralympics by two-time Paralympian Bryan Price who lives and trains in Casper. Bryan competes in nordic skiing and biathlon using a sit-ski and his presentation will motivate all of us to train harder, set big goals and not listen to anyone telling us we can't.

After Memorial Day we'll be doing a group dryland training session for all ages and abilities every Wednesday evening at 5 pm where we'll focus on ski specific strength and agility. And then group rollerski sessions every Sunday morning at 9 am. Stay tuned for details. 

We'd love to see you at 1 or all 3 events :)

Thanks so much,
Rebecca


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Last Day to Sign Up!!!

Register for the High Plains Memorial Day Nordic Ski Camp!


Activities will include crust skiing (weather permitting), ski specific drills, training tips and technique tips. You will also get a personalized summer training schedule and a gift.

About the Camp:

High Plains is pleased to offer the High School Summer Nordic Ski Camp with special guests University of Wyoming Coaches Christi Boggs, Rachel Watson and Colorado Mesa Coach Dave Aschwanden as well as guest team members from Colorado Mesa University, Western State Colorado University and University of Wyoming. This camp is specifically designed for high school nordic ski racers ages 14-19. If you want to be a better racer and learn what it takes to be a top skier in the state or at Junior Olympics or be better prepared to continue racing in college then this is the camp for you. If you are considering skiing in college this camp would be invaluable for you!

The camp will take place May 25-28 at the Table in the Wilderness outside of Centennial, Wyoming. Centennial is about 25 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. All camp participants will meet the Table in the Wilderness.

The camp will include crust skiing (snow permitting), ski specific drills, strength training, training tips and technique tips. Evening classroom sessions will include discussions on training, resting, understanding your body, nutrition and other topics. You will also get a personalized summer training schedule, and a gift.

The camp fee is $325. The cost  will include coaching, room, board, transportation, swag and fun! No additional money will be needed by the participants.

Registration:

Please go to the Registration & Forms webpage for online registration and forms to download and mail in.

There will be 1 full camp scholarship given and 2 partial scholarships given. The full scholarship will give the recipient free participation in the camp. The partial scholarships will give the recipient the camp at $200. The awarding of these scholarships is dependent upon number of people enrolled in the camp, a minimum of 20 total participants are needed to provide scholarships. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship please send an email for application materials and instructions.
Our insurance is provided through US Ski & Snowboard so every athletes needs to have an active membership to attend the camp. If you purchased one for this past season it is valid through June 1, 2018. If you did not then you will need a 'General ($15)' Membership go to: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start 

No athlete will be able to participate in the camp without a signed waiver! If you registered online or already mailed your registration please download this file, sign the waivers and have your parents sign the waivers (if you are under 18). You can bring the waivers with you or mail them.

Camp Waiver: Coming Soon!

Deadline for registration is May 21st. The first 20 registrants receive a Swix Drink Belt!
If you have a problem with this timeline please contact Rebecca Watson at 307.760.6838 or email

Monday, May 14, 2018

Meeting Kikkan

There are those times in your life where you are in the right place at the right time and you get to meet your hero!  I got to meet Kikkan Randall (too bad I am not better at selfies)!!!!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Skiers Just are a Little Different



Skiers just really are little different. 

As I watch one of my skiers work on her final project in my art class it occurs to me.
 
Skiers really are different. 

I walk up to her, stand by here and ask her to tell me more about her image.  She says “well this is how I felt after my broken heart, my mouth is sewn shut because I felt speechless.  I was holding my hand in my heart after I ripped it out of my chest and you see that is why there is bandages around my rib cage.” 

Stunned, I look around the room, I see one student on her phone another talking excitedly about getting out of the high school in just 5 weeks. 

Skiers are just really are different. 

Skiers are self-driven, maybe a little bit socially awkward but smart.  They so are so smart!  I know I am not supposed to tell them that… growth mind set and all that jazz, but they really are smart! 

Is it the time out in the woods, sliding on boards in unstable conditions?  Is it the conversation that hums around every practice riddled with sexy minded topics?  Maybe it is the BDNF that is released in their brains as they work out.  It is like miracle grow for the brain.  Who knows but I am here to say that the LHS ski team alumni list is racking up some seriously impressive accomplishments. 

Just this Sunday I sat at brunch with one of my alumni skiers, he talked excitedly about teaching at the Teton Science school for the summer after graduating with honors with a degree in Biology from MSU.  I ask him how his sister is doing, another alum, and he says “Well she is in her second semester of law school, she is so smart Becca and she isn’t selling out Becca, she wants to go into the good kind of lawering Becca.”  I smile and I am so proud. 

My mind drifts to thinking about this years graduates.  One student body president organizing a blood drive, one getting in to Harvard and MIT after racking up 3 individual state championships in skiing and leading his team to the first team championship, one running NCAA for UW after receiving Gatorade athlete of the year.  Another walking down the hall arm and arm with special needs students and one going on to pursue her dream in acting. Another senior interviews me for his journalism class and asks “Why did you start coaching Becca?  Have there been any funny times or any scary times when you have been coaching? 

I jump in to the story about the time that three skiers who smuggled 100 gold fish on to the bus along with rocks and fake coral and put an entire fish tank into my bathtub in the hotel in Pinedale.  Then I tell him “there haven’t been that many scary times but there have been stressful times.”  Times when I felt that if I missed the kick wax I might wreak my skiers chance at a state championship, times when I have felt like I should have spoken up a little bit more when I felt the conditions were unsafe and one of my skiers suffered from a dislocated hip. 

There have also been those times that bus rides proved to be a bit more exciting than I had planned.  Like the time we broke down outside of Wamsutter and we spent four hours on the side of the road.  There was the time that I had just settled down for a nap and we hit an eagle that broke our windshield that, then for the rest of the drive to Lander I heard glass falling piece by piece on to the bus floor.  When I we got to Lander, the coach asked what took you so long and one ski parent saying you really should write this stuff down Becca. 

Coaching, it’s an adventure most definitely the hardest thing that I have ever done but also the most beautiful, awe inspiring and passionate thing I have done as well. 

And the love, the love for it all.  

That is what makes skiers so different.  The love for the cold dark nights at practices, the burn of the cold air on lungs and in legs, the numb fingers, toes and greenish white noses.  The “after race cough” and yes the changing of wet cloths in cold bus sets. 

It all builds grit.  Grit that is now identified as being the number one quality in highly accomplished people.  Grit that gets you through broken hearts, hard decisions and leadership roles. 

This is where “the stoke” comes from and where dragons are slayed whether you are given Excalibur or a dull pencil.

        

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Clean and Store Your Skis

Clean and Store Your Skis

Spring Ski Cleaning and Summer Storage

If you have not done so already you should properly clean, wax and store your skis for the long hot summer.

1)    Kick Cleaning: Use wax remover and Fiber wipe to clean the kick zone. Video 
 
2)    Glide Cleaning: Use base cleaner and Fiber wipe to clean the glide zone. Video here https://youtu.be/EBxpCQgawx8

 
 
3)    Use the finest Steel brush to clean excess dirt from base.
4)    Apply layer of Start Base glider (or Start Service or soft non-fluoro glider like Start SG2) to glide zones.
5)    While wax is still soft use scraper with low pressure to "hot wipe" wax and further dirt away.
6)    Follow with Fiber wipe and then finest steel brush again to remove dirt while refreshing base further. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary until no more dirt is seen coming from base.      
7)    If you suspect your skis have any base damage (i.e. base sealing) consider having the skis stoneground to reveal a fresh base in the spring before summer storage. A fresh base is the most import feature in a skis ability to hold wax and to glide.
8)    Once you have a clean and refreshed base it is time to saturate the base with a summer storage wax. In the glide zones melt in a thick layer of Start Base (or Start Service or soft non-fluoro glider like Start SG2) and let it cool. If all the wax has been absorbed into the base at any point add another layer on to. Let cool leave it on the ski all summer.
9)    Skis should be storage in cool, dry place, out of sunlight and not near heating elements nor not near the roof where temperature can rise over 50C degrees. Skis should be stored loosely strapped with no pressure on camber so that there is no risk that heat and pressure can alter any of the skis camber characteristics.
10)  Better to do something than nothing. So at the very, very least crayon your softest glide onto your glide zones right now.
11)  Enjoy the spring, as we are still skiing in Sun Valley, ID and many other locations.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Memorial Day Ski Camp!


I am so stoked to announce that we will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Weekend ski camp at the table in the Wilderness in Centennial again this year!  Below is a little info on the camp and you can find more on the web page.  If you need to borrow some skis for the weekend let me know.  

Activities will include crust skiing (weather permitting), ski specific drills, training tips and technique tips. You will also get a personalized summer training schedule and a gift.

About the Camp:

High Plains is pleased to offer the High School Summer Nordic Ski Camp with special guests University of Wyoming Coaches Christi Boggs, Rachel Watson and Colorado Mesa Coach Dave Aschwanden as well as guest team members from Colorado Mesa University, Western State Colorado University and University of Wyoming. This camp is specifically designed for high school nordic ski racers ages 14-19. If you want to be a better racer and learn what it takes to be a top skier in the state or at Junior Olympics or be better prepared to continue racing in college then this is the camp for you. If you are considering skiing in college this camp would be invaluable for you!

The camp will take place May 25-28 at the Table in the Wilderness outside of Centennial, Wyoming. Centennial is about 25 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. All camp participants will meet the Table in the Wilderness.

The camp will include crust skiing (snow permitting), ski specific drills, strength training, training tips and technique tips. Evening classroom sessions will include discussions on training, resting, understanding your body, nutrition and other topics. You will also get a personalized summer training schedule, and a gift.

The camp fee is $325. The cost  will include coaching, room, board, transportation, swag and fun! No additional money will be needed by the participants.

Registration:

Please go to the Registration & Forms webpage for online registration and forms to download and mail in.

There will be 1 full camp scholarship given and 2 partial scholarships given. The full scholarship will give the recipient free participation in the camp. The partial scholarships will give the recipient the camp at $200. The awarding of these scholarships is dependent upon number of people enrolled in the camp, a minimum of 20 total participants are needed to provide scholarships. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship please send an email for application materials and instructions.
Our insurance is provided through US Ski & Snowboard so every athletes needs to have an active membership to attend the camp. If you purchased one for this past season it is valid through June 1, 2018. If you did not then you will need a 'General ($15)' Membership go to: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start 

No athlete will be able to participate in the camp without a signed waiver! If you registered online or already mailed your registration please download this file, sign the waivers and have your parents sign the waivers (if you are under 18). You can bring the waivers with you or mail them.

Camp Waiver: Coming Soon!

Deadline for registration is May 21st. The first 20 registrants receive a Swix Drink Belt!
If you have a problem with this timeline please contact Rebecca Watson at 307.760.6838 or email

We’ll see you out there!

Summer Training

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