Winter’s Here

nz 24 june 15Training at Methven started with a blast of winter weather and some of the coldest temperatures around the area with the likes of -21°C.   Lots of snow fell and icy temperatures stayed.  After about a month of training back in the gym, we had a bit of a physical camp and testing in Queenstown a few weeks ago and it was good to see my levels increasing.  Not quite to the same level as this time last year but I am on track.

road    Twizel

winter whites

gym        Methven gym

The team started with a week of intensive physical training in Methven mid June, led by Ben Griffin where we all made some good gains.  Makes such a difference having someone so competent pushing us where needed – thanks Ben!  After a week of dryland training and a day off, it was time to check out the snow at Mt Hutt. Conditions were perfect aside from a few rocks – good snow cover and blue bird days.  First day up the mountain was a little on the cool side though at -13° C.

day 2 hutt

Mt Hutt – Nick, Jamie, me, Eliza & Willis

On snow training started with our coach, Nils Coberger taking us for a bit of free skiing and progressing into some stubbie training.  The weather and mountain were awesome –  many thanks to Mt Hutt for your support, couldn’t have asked for better conditions so early in the season.

Now back in Queenstown for a short block of dryland training again while the school holidays are on and then it will be back to training at Coronet Peak.

tekapo

Near Tekapo

 

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