It was a green jacket day at Trapps, and we took our poles off to get in some drill work before heading off on our distance ski.
We are always working on balance and weight transfer, and practicing the classic stride with no poles is just about the best drill you can do on skis.
Dev getting some nice extension and arm swing, and Hans working on the “gorilla” pose in the background: rounded shoulders, relaxed arms swinging in sync with the legs.
This photo makes it look like there was wind but it was only momentary: the day was perfect once again at Trapps.
By report the skiing is phenomenal up at Craftsbury as well, and we are headed up there tomorrow to do intervals on this weekend’s race course. Should be sweet!
MK works on the stride and glide.
Fitzy, rolling the hips through.
Dev: fun in the sun!
Our next drill was to ski downhill and around a sharp corner before turning and sprinting back uphill… all without poles. It’s good to feel the compression of the wax pocket and to focus on keeping the momentum forward on the uphill.
Justin demonstrates how to do it.
Getting a big kick and getting the hips forward is almost automatic when trying to classic sprint with no poles, and it’s a good feeling to have in the mind when we put the poles on to go ski.
That’s levitation, Holmes.
All smiles in the head-to-head!