I’m in Utah’s Heber Valley at biathlon national team camp for a couple weeks. I was a little said to leave VT in peak foliage season. Tim commented about how awesome the fall smells in the east, and I am missing that right now, but the west has it’s own special smells. All the oaks and aspens are changing color here, and when it rains, the smell of sage permeates the air.
On Wednesday, we lucked out with nice weather and climbed most of the way up Mt. Timpanogos, Utah’s 2nd highest peak. Mt. Timpanogos towers over Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic venue where we are training, and I’d been dreaming about climbing that mountain for years.
When the thunderstorms aren’t too bad, we’ve been spending a lot of time at the range. Between the gusty winds and cold rain, the shooting has been extremely challenging. The coaches call it “toughness training.”