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Yesterday was the 10k skate race to round off the NorAm weekend here in Sovereign Lakes. We woke up to about 10 inches of snow in the morning, so I knew it was going to be a lot of work. As I started warming up, I was feeling pretty wrecked from the ha...

Today was the first race of the Sovereign Lakes NorAms, a 1.5km classic sprint. The new course change Sovereign has been working on over the summer and fall was amazing. It was so much fun with the addition of hills and twisty turns! I went out, raced ...

ahhhhhhh!The past week I have spent in the Canadian version of "Winter Wonderland"-otherwise known as Silver Star B.C. From the day we arrived, last tuesday, we have been lucky enough to have clear cold sunny days every single day. A sunny day in Silve...

All four vans keeping in contact with the radios along the trekmaking the most of it!The past two days we did the trek across the western US up to Silver Star B.C for a training block before our next period of races. The skiing is amazing!! We did a tw...

We just finished our first series of racing in West Yellowstone, Montana this past week. APU threw down an amazing team performance as well as many amazing individual races. There wasn't a single race that APU didn't have a team member standing on the ...

APU Group after hammering out some L3 (minus Katie and Holly)Today was our first ski in West Yellowstone. The skiing is exception! There are tons and tons of skiers on the trails as always- SO FUN! Races begin Wednesday, so lots of race preparation a...

div style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"IT'S TIME TO SKI!!/span/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jHuPcsaI/AAAAAAAAAdk/tLk9u-bd5SM/s1600/DSCN0622.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jHuPcsaI/AAAAAAAAAdk/tLk9u-bd5SM/s320/DSCN0622.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534681082640511394" //abr /div style="text-align: left;"The past two days APU has been making the 1 hr drive up to Hatchers Pass for some amazing skiing! Tracks have been great, the temperatures low, and spirits high. Both skate and classic tracks are exceptional considering the couple of inches of snow pack on the road. Surprisingly enough, no rocks or pavement are showing (with exception to one corner). br //divdivdiv style="text-align: center;"div style="text-align: left;"br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"div style="text-align: center;"br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8i9s-FcBI/AAAAAAAAAdc/qhSN-dIleaE/s1600/DSCN0617.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8i9s-FcBI/AAAAAAAAAdc/qhSN-dIleaE/s320/DSCN0617.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534680910500556818" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //a/spanPerfect tracks!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8iwR2VnSI/AAAAAAAAAdM/5r6qaIxO6is/s1600/DSCN0613.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8iwR2VnSI/AAAAAAAAAdM/5r6qaIxO6is/s320/DSCN0613.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534680679882005794" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Dark and cold- Gretta Anderson is still pumped to get started!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8ii6_VOeI/AAAAAAAAAc8/4VD-WTz2cOM/s1600/DSC06038.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8ii6_VOeI/AAAAAAAAAc8/4VD-WTz2cOM/s320/DSC06038.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534680450407414242" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Lots of car and people traffic on the trails- have to watch out :)/spanbr //divdivdivbr //divdivOur first day up there, all the town teams were out there, so I got to ski some laps with my brother who is now skiing for University of Alaska- fun, fun!!/divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jdZ1Jc7I/AAAAAAAAAd0/BgpK7Kiwh7k/s1600/1.jpg"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jdZ1Jc7I/AAAAAAAAAd0/BgpK7Kiwh7k/s320/1.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534681455118611378" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 239px; " //adiv /diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8ipiK333I/AAAAAAAAAdE/HnJZzWuVj1E/s1600/DSC06043.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8ipiK333I/AAAAAAAAAdE/HnJZzWuVj1E/s320/DSC06043.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534680564004020082" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adivNothing like early season skiing in Alaska. Hopefully the snow hits town soon so we can be skiing here.!br //divdivdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jXEn4CTI/AAAAAAAAAds/L6ymmzF0qWs/s1600/DSCN0626.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jXEn4CTI/AAAAAAAAAds/L6ymmzF0qWs/s320/DSCN0626.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534681346346584370" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Morgan and I high on Alaskan Life/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8i2MNsdAI/AAAAAAAAAdU/oKR-tLQsjUk/s1600/DSCN0615.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8i2MNsdAI/AAAAAAAAAdU/oKR-tLQsjUk/s320/DSCN0615.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534680781448573954" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 168px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Gretta Anderson and I at the start of the cold morning/span/divdivbr //divdivYesterday was Halloween, so a couple of us got dressed up for our OD... FUN FUN!/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8kDx6U-OI/AAAAAAAAAeM/Y487knHtdcs/s1600/halloween+5.jpg"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8kDx6U-OI/AAAAAAAAAeM/Y487knHtdcs/s320/halloween+5.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534682114417817826" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"2.5 hr. Halloween Ski- ladies working hard but still having fun!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Below: Morgan, Holly, me, Kikkan and Katie getting after it :)/span/divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jr0W-qKI/AAAAAAAAAd8/DL5GtnW-Voo/s1600/halloween+4.jpg"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TM8jr0W-qKI/AAAAAAAAAd8/DL5GtnW-Voo/s320/halloween+4.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5534681702758000802" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 213px; " //a/div/div/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-2675601497111829813?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: left;"This period of the season is my favorite part of the entire year of training. With the combination of the cold weather, the snow in the mountains, and the building anticipation for the racing season quickly approaching us- there is no way to show up or leave training without unusually high levels of energy. I am beginning to get the feeling that every single workout I am putting in is directly effecting how hard I will be able to push over the steepest hills throughout the season.br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdivThings are shifting here in Alaska. Starting a couple weeks ago- we drive to training in the dark and do our warm-up in the dark, but we are lucky enough to be doing the true "work" just as the sun rises over the mountains! It sure makes for some awesome views as we speed through the icy streets and trails of Anchorage./divdivbr //divdivThe past month and a half I have been able to shift back into lots of foot workouts. It has been great to do some exploring on foot over the weekends, and to mix up the rollerskiing throughout the week. Last week I decided to put one of my "alpine" friends through some pain and brought him on an OD over the weekend up to Symphony Lakes and the surrounding peaks in Eagle River. It turned into quite the adventure :)/divdivbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;" Symphony Lakes Below.. and lots of white mountains that I wish I knew the names of!/span/divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TMhJZikcp7I/AAAAAAAAAcs/NdsfySeGt2Q/s1600/symphny+2.jpg"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TMhJZikcp7I/AAAAAAAAAcs/NdsfySeGt2Q/s320/symphny+2.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5532752845349889970" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 162px; " //a/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TMhJickpSFI/AAAAAAAAAc0/MubknFDVQbk/s1600/ice.jpg"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TMhJickpSFI/AAAAAAAAAc0/MubknFDVQbk/s320/ice.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5532752998358927442" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"I am screaming because the ice just dropped and broke right under my feet!/span/divdivbr //divdivWe also had TT's last week just to test the body and get it used to "racing". Though maybe a bit rustic, I was happy with where I am right now. The first day consisted of a sprint day simulation. With a team of 6 or 7 of the top skiers in the US, this simulation is quite accurate... it truly resembles a race! The next day we did a 35 min Hill Climb skating from the ocean to one of the highest access roads in Anchorage. In the past, I would have normally despised a race like this, as who wants to put your head down and climb to the peaks, but I actually enjoyed it.!! I have a video posted below that Erik took near the top of the climb. Check out the sweet houses and view in the background!/divdivbr //divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style=" white-space: pre-wrap; font-family:-webkit-monospace;font-size:12px;"object width="640" height="385"param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qPD06LPxlX0?fs=1amp;hl=en_US"param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qPD06LPxlX0?fs=1amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"/embed/object/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"It's hard to tell because everyone is wearing pink and blue. But I am wearing blue tights, pink shirt, white helmet and white boots. /spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivbr //divdiv3 more weeks until departure for the season..... YEAHHH!br //divdivUntil then.... topping 'er off!/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-2928077285879069817?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: center;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNThyDypQI/AAAAAAAAAb8/di7vJrGN0XQ/s1600/DSC06001.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 219px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNThyDypQI/AAAAAAAAAb8/di7vJrGN0XQ/s320/DSC06001.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853007552193794" //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Hiking above Anchorage/span/divFor the past couple of weeks we have been in our transition stage here in Anchorage, where its cold enough to snow, but it just isn't quite ready yet. We have made bets on our team when there is going to be enough snow to ski up at Hatchers Pass, and I have my money on Saturday. The precipitation is coming, and the temperatures are low enough... so its on its way! divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNVhpQOeBI/AAAAAAAAAck/sIWgyAQH8sU/s1600/DSC06017.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNVhpQOeBI/AAAAAAAAAck/sIWgyAQH8sU/s320/DSC06017.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526855204211685394" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 177px; " //a/divdivI suffered from a knee injury all summer that stuck around and continued to cause problems throughout the early part of the fall. Skate skiing is finally back to 100%, so I have been putting in some hard uphill skate intervals, trying to get the legs back in the grove of skating. I haven't felt the skating butt burn in a while, so I have been loving every minute of the intervals lately.! Running was also causing lots of issues, so one day when I was super excited I started mindlessly skipping down the road. After a couple of minutes, I started thinking and realized it wasn't hurting my knee. So the past month and a half I have taken up skipping... which gets lots of funny reactions when I am passing people.! Especially when I am out on the trails, because not only am I skipping, but I am also singing to warn the bears I am coming. Let me tell you, it is a sight to see. Fortunately, I have been able to shift back to running- so I am not making such a scene trekking through the woods./divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUn0KuvhI/AAAAAAAAAcU/CANWu-XrblU/s1600/DSC06015.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUn0KuvhI/AAAAAAAAAcU/CANWu-XrblU/s320/DSC06015.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526854210709011986" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Sweet view of Anchorage- Ky Eiben has MAD hops!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivAPU has this weekly workout that we run/ski-bound 1 hour uphill from a ski area down in town up to the mountains. The gas line trail cuts right through "bear country" central, so every 1 hr. pass up this trail I am counting my blessings for making it up without being chomped. As I get over my bear fears, this has become one of my favorite training workouts of the year. You just turn you engine on, and brain off- similar to racing./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNT5ZPjTkI/AAAAAAAAAcE/zJAr_eFdNms/s1600/DSC06009.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNT5ZPjTkI/AAAAAAAAAcE/zJAr_eFdNms/s320/DSC06009.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853413207494210" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Making it to snow yesterday!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUI1WzWGI/AAAAAAAAAcM/CxfzwLMiAP0/s1600/DSC06010.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUI1WzWGI/AAAAAAAAAcM/CxfzwLMiAP0/s320/DSC06010.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853678452136034" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Powerline Pass snowed in!!/span/divdiv style="text-align: left;"School has been consuming all of my hours that I am not out training. I have managed to make friends with the library again- I did actually miss that last year! The schooling here at APU is great, I now understand what "active" learning really is. Each of my classes has between 4-8 people in it, so there is lots of focus on the students as well as real world application, rather than just learning the text book. There is no lack of challenge, but a much different focus then UAA for example. I much prefer this over public, state universities!br //divdivbr //divdiv6 more weeks until we take off for our first racing series in West Yellowstone, the focus is on! Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW!/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-2894504036712055577?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: center;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNThyDypQI/AAAAAAAAAb8/di7vJrGN0XQ/s1600/DSC06001.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 219px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNThyDypQI/AAAAAAAAAb8/di7vJrGN0XQ/s320/DSC06001.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853007552193794" //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Hiking above Anchorage/span/divFor the past couple of weeks we have been in our transition stage here in Anchorage, where its cold enough to snow, but it just isn't quite ready yet. We have made bets on our team when there is going to be enough snow to ski up at Hatchers Pass, and I have my money on Saturday. The precipitation is coming, and the temperatures are low enough... so its on its way! divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNVhpQOeBI/AAAAAAAAAck/sIWgyAQH8sU/s1600/DSC06017.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNVhpQOeBI/AAAAAAAAAck/sIWgyAQH8sU/s320/DSC06017.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526855204211685394" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 177px; " //a/divdivI suffered from a knee injury all summer that stuck around and continued to cause problems throughout the early part of the fall. Skate skiing is finally back to 100%, so I have been putting in some hard uphill skate intervals, trying to get the legs back in the grove of skating. I haven't felt the skating butt burn in a while, so I have been loving every minute of the intervals lately.! Running was also causing lots of issues, so one day when I was super excited I started mindlessly skipping down the road. After a couple of minutes, I started thinking and realized it wasn't hurting my knee. So the past month and a half I have taken up skipping... which gets lots of funny reactions when I am passing people.! Especially when I am out on the trails, because not only am I skipping, but I am also singing to warn the bears I am coming. Let me tell you, it is a sight to see. Fortunately, I have been able to shift back to running- so I am not making such a scene trekking through the woods./divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUn0KuvhI/AAAAAAAAAcU/CANWu-XrblU/s1600/DSC06015.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUn0KuvhI/AAAAAAAAAcU/CANWu-XrblU/s320/DSC06015.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526854210709011986" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Sweet view of Anchorage- Ky Eiben has MAD hops!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivAPU has this weekly workout that we run/ski-bound 1 hour uphill from a ski area down in town up to the mountains. The gas line trail cuts right through "bear country" central, so every 1 hr. pass up this trail I am counting my blessings for making it up without being chomped. As I get over my bear fears, this has become one of my favorite training workouts of the year. You just turn you engine on, and brain off- similar to racing./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNT5ZPjTkI/AAAAAAAAAcE/zJAr_eFdNms/s1600/DSC06009.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNT5ZPjTkI/AAAAAAAAAcE/zJAr_eFdNms/s320/DSC06009.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853413207494210" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Making it to snow yesterday!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUI1WzWGI/AAAAAAAAAcM/CxfzwLMiAP0/s1600/DSC06010.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TLNUI1WzWGI/AAAAAAAAAcM/CxfzwLMiAP0/s320/DSC06010.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5526853678452136034" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Powerline Pass snowed in!!/span/divdiv style="text-align: left;"School has been consuming all of my hours that I am not out training. I have managed to make friends with the library again- I did actually miss that last year! The schooling here at APU is great, I now understand what "active" learning really is. Each of my classes has between 4-8 people in it, so there is lots of focus on the students as well as real world application, rather than just learning the text book. There is no lack of challenge, but a much different focus then UAA for example. I much prefer this over public, state universities!br //divdivbr //divdiv6 more weeks until we take off for our first racing series in West Yellowstone, the focus is on! Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW!/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-2894504036712055577?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

Here is some video from yesterdays speed workout. It is hard to tell because all the girls are wearing pink and black. I have on white boots and 2xu pants if that makes it easier.span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: -webkit-monospace; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-wrap; "object width="640" height="385"param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2CJyoAfU08Q?fs=1amp;hl=en_US"/paramparam name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/paramparam name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/paramembed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2CJyoAfU08Q?fs=1amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"/embed/object/spandiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-3689767826120789180?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

XCFeedsSUN!

Sadie BjornsenSeptember 13, 2010

a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TI5vdv2FFZI/AAAAAAAAAb0/jYbew2-mc00/s1600/DSC05986.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 293px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TI5vdv2FFZI/AAAAAAAAAb0/jYbew2-mc00/s320/DSC05986.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5516469150425617810" //abr /a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TI5vPXBWJ1I/AAAAAAAAAbs/P7RIIy2hUrI/s1600/DSC05985.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TI5vPXBWJ1I/AAAAAAAAAbs/P7RIIy2hUrI/s320/DSC05985.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5516468903243818834" //abr /Yes, this is Morgan and I sun bathing after training in AK! We may have missed our summer but it sure is showing the potential for a nice fall. The ten day forecast shows sun every single day for the next ten days. Now don't let this fool you, temperatures aren't normally breaking 65 ever- but it makes for incredible training.divbr /divAPU just finished recover week, so we are back to business now for a three week block. Hard to believe we may be skiing in close to a month! Days are getting shorter and mornings are starting to remind me of winter- cold and clear. This is the time when everyone starts shifting gears and begins spending more and more time thinking about the the fun part approaching soon!/divdivbr //divdivI will be starting school next week, so things will start picking up pretty quickly. Time to learn again!/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-1620050372135426347?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

Not a whole lot has changed in the past couple of weeks of training in Anchorage with APU. Summer has finally come at the perfect time to throw down lots of hard training.  Here is a video of APU boys and girls, distance skiers and sprinters, putting in some hard double pole intervals out at Kincaid. Last week we had testing series to find out where our training sits at this point- and what areas we need to work in for the next month of training. Time for some power training for most of us!divspan class="Apple-style-span" style=" white-space: pre-wrap; font-family:-webkit-monospace;font-size:12px;"object width="640" height="385"param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/DI90gMTwTFc?fs=1amp;hl=en_US"param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/DI90gMTwTFc?fs=1amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"/embed/object/spanbr //divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-6635083544405694514?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: center;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgiCpNQYdI/AAAAAAAAAbU/g0Sk0Jh7PvA/s1600/P1000041.JPG"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgiCpNQYdI/AAAAAAAAAbU/g0Sk0Jh7PvA/s320/P1000041.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505687973276967378" //adiv style="text-align: center;"br //divI just recently spent the last week hanging out and training at home in the Methow. Every week after returning from the glacier APU has a recovery week where we get to do whatever type of non-specific training on our own, with no team training for the week. Erik likes to look at it as a mental and physical break throughout the periods of training. This week break is a good opportunity to either take a vacation or take advantage of getting in some good quality hours of work. After July glacier camp I opted to stay in Anchorage and work really hard for the week while enjoying doing other activities like swimming and rollerskiing with some UAA buddies. This August though, I decided to get the best of both worlds so I came home and did some work for my dad while getting in a little "vacationing" time as well. It was nice to spend some time with the family while soaking in a little heat and sun. Yesterday was record breaking for the most rain ever in Alaska.... so I think it is safe to say we don't get a whole lot of summer in AK. I am headed back to AK tonight, as we start testing week tomorrow. Time to test and asses our progress so far this summer!!div style="text-align: center;"div style="text-align: left;"br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"div style="text-align: center;"br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgiLKWfVFI/AAAAAAAAAbc/hFlH0y1lu5E/s1600/P1000044.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgiLKWfVFI/AAAAAAAAAbc/hFlH0y1lu5E/s320/P1000044.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505688119613019218" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //a/spanRollerski up to the Lake- swim across the lake three times... typical methow training./span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgh4Len5iI/AAAAAAAAAbM/KwajSN9gOTI/s1600/P1000038.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGgh4Len5iI/AAAAAAAAAbM/KwajSN9gOTI/s320/P1000038.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505687793498056226" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 166px; " //a/span/span/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-7726564161379227599?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: center;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXw2Fj3ihI/AAAAAAAAAa4/KoYs5Tvp6LE/s1600/3.jpg"img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXw2Fj3ihI/AAAAAAAAAa4/KoYs5Tvp6LE/s320/3.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070931526519314" //adiv style="text-align: left;"I just recently returned from my second trip up to the Eagle Glacier for a week. This trip was just as fun.... but I must say much more intense. Less snow, more pink algae, and lots more cracks running across the glacier. I came into this period with a lot more training under my belt from the previous three weeks so I got to tap the tank for the last couple of days. We were lucky enough to have two sunny days the first couple of days on the glacier- so I am proud to say I got to ski in a tank top and shorts one day! We had some non APU skiers with us this trip, one of which a fellow methow valley boy, Brian Gregg. It was fun to mix it up and do some workouts with some different athletes.br //divdivLots of kilometer, lots of klister, lots of technique work, and lots of eating and sleeping pretty much sums up my my second Eagle Glacier week./divdivThanks to Erik Flora and Casey Fagerquist for the hours of hard work!/divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwO29HGwI/AAAAAAAAAaA/ebPN0JNXAyA/s1600/DSC05959.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwO29HGwI/AAAAAAAAAaA/ebPN0JNXAyA/s320/DSC05959.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070257590967042" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Second workout of the camp was with Holly Brooks.... that woman is speedy!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwe3OhO0I/AAAAAAAAAaY/1X-gozqwB2Y/s1600/DSC05972.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwe3OhO0I/AAAAAAAAAaY/1X-gozqwB2Y/s320/DSC05972.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070532541889346" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Holly pumping out some squats- keeping the strength training up while we are at the glacier./spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwwtZm52I/AAAAAAAAAaw/z_04SDLZEkk/s1600/2.jpg"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwwtZm52I/AAAAAAAAAaw/z_04SDLZEkk/s320/2.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070839141689186" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Morning ski in the sun... doesn't get much better./spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwULJ2zFI/AAAAAAAAAaI/am4P5aFFE-c/s1600/DSC05962.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwULJ2zFI/AAAAAAAAAaI/am4P5aFFE-c/s320/DSC05962.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070348912479314" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Holly Brooks, myself, and Nicole Deyong (Sun Valley skier)/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwqn1BenI/AAAAAAAAAao/df8IBPIhhFc/s1600/1.jpg"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwqn1BenI/AAAAAAAAAao/df8IBPIhhFc/s320/1.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070734566849138" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "APU womans team post L4 interval session./spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwA4l0M9I/AAAAAAAAAZ4/TjqZxdMOUVw/s1600/DSC05957.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwA4l0M9I/AAAAAAAAAZ4/TjqZxdMOUVw/s320/DSC05957.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070017511961554" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "One of the juniors on the team putting in some kilometers./spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwkPqT7KI/AAAAAAAAAag/GOI1Eiu_b2w/s1600/DSC05984.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXwkPqT7KI/AAAAAAAAAag/GOI1Eiu_b2w/s320/DSC05984.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505070625000254626" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Our trip across the glacier to meet the helicopter on our way out looked a little something like this... plus snow flying everywhere!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXy5DKifpI/AAAAAAAAAbA/tz68iFtBqTE/s1600/helicopter.jpg"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TGXy5DKifpI/AAAAAAAAAbA/tz68iFtBqTE/s320/helicopter.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5505073181446274706" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Thanks to Alpine Air- the group waiting for our ride up to the glacier/span/divdivbr //divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-6825858598694393309?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: left;"Last weekend we had a classic team sprint race downtown Anchorage. We put together two pretty competitive APU woman's teams that battled head to head between the rounds. Becca and I were teamed up against team pink- Katie Ronsee and Greta Anderson. In the semi-finals Katie and Greta finished a strong 16 seconds ahead of us, so Becca and I were forced to readjust our strategy. We decided to just go like hell from the gun for the two laps each of the Final round and not worry about conserving energy. Fortunately our plan worked out, this time taking the win and crossing the finish line 44 seconds ahead of team pink. br //divdivbr //divdivThe boys race was fun to watch as well. National Champ, Tyler Kornfield, and David Norris went up against the Hanneman brothers who held their ground quite nicely. With a tight race up until the last lap where Reese Hanneman put down some quick pulling- the Hannemans pulled through ahead. /divdivbr //divdivIt was fun to see the people putting it on get so into it. They even had an announcer for the finishing area.! Fun stuff. One of the mothers at the race caught some shots below./divdivbr //divdivOne more week of training in town and then we head up to the glacier for our last on snow training camp./divdivbr //divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivk3SQXfI/AAAAAAAAAZo/q4DDPb-pl00/s1600/rollerski+2.jpg"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivk3SQXfI/AAAAAAAAAZo/q4DDPb-pl00/s320/rollerski+2.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5496836393056361970" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"Racing around the 1.3km loopbr //divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivdzA5enI/AAAAAAAAAZg/h7z0CQO_A8s/s1600/rollerski+1.jpg"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivdzA5enI/AAAAAAAAAZg/h7z0CQO_A8s/s320/rollerski+1.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5496836271650732658" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 214px; height: 320px; " //a/divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivwRlVJFI/AAAAAAAAAZw/Cy3ejK-Z570/s1600/rollerski+3.jpg"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TEivwRlVJFI/AAAAAAAAAZw/Cy3ejK-Z570/s320/rollerski+3.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5496836589094249554" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 214px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"Tag off exchanges between partnersbr //divdivbr //divdivbr //divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-4171675796107696114?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: left;"More photos as promised. Erik took some pictures with a "good" camera.br //divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69lvje5dI/AAAAAAAAAZA/uHdXlSJyir8/s1600/glacier+1.jpg"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69lvje5dI/AAAAAAAAAZA/uHdXlSJyir8/s320/glacier+1.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5494037051556685266" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //a/divdivdivbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"Reese Hanneman and I enjoying a nice L1 ski/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69p8i_XMI/AAAAAAAAAZI/Avc7NLWW_dY/s1600/Glacier+2.jpg"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69p8i_XMI/AAAAAAAAAZI/Avc7NLWW_dY/s320/Glacier+2.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5494037123763756226" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"GO HAMMER NUTRITION!/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69twcm9PI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/Px5BI5-h0I0/s1600/glacier+3.jpg"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69twcm9PI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/Px5BI5-h0I0/s320/glacier+3.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5494037189235242226" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 214px; " //a/divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69xYTFTOI/AAAAAAAAAZY/6-r-MFiOn70/s1600/glacier+4.jpg"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD69xYTFTOI/AAAAAAAAAZY/6-r-MFiOn70/s320/glacier+4.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5494037251472313570" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 159px; " //a/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-193492115660113949?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: left;"I just returned from my first week of on snow training up on Eagle Glacier, about 40 miles outside of Anchorage, and 6000 feet up from the city. We were scheduled to helicopter up last monday, but due to some crazy weather and bad flying conditions, we were postponed until tuesday afternoon. Finally a little hole opened and we were able to zip up to the mountains on one of Alpine Air's helicopters. br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Times;"div style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 3px; padding-right: 3px; padding-bottom: 3px; padding-left: 3px; width: auto; font: normal normal normal 100%/normal Georgia, serif; text-align: left; "br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Georgia;"a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45LMvIXyI/AAAAAAAAAYI/73RYPfN58BY/s1600/DSC05933.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45LMvIXyI/AAAAAAAAAYI/73RYPfN58BY/s320/DSC05933.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891459998834466" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/spandiv style="text-align: center;border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 3px; padding-right: 3px; padding-bottom: 3px; padding-left: 3px; width: auto; font: normal normal normal 100%/normal Georgia, serif; "span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Looking down on Girdwood and the ocean from our house./spanbr //divdiv style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 3px; padding-right: 3px; padding-bottom: 3px; padding-left: 3px; width: auto; font: normal normal normal 100%/normal Georgia, serif; text-align: left; "divbr //divdivFor six days I lived the "eat, sleep, train" life up on the glacier with 16 other APU athletes. From the second I was dropped off from the helicopter that first day, I spent the next six days in a sort of awe/daze. It was unbelievable to me that we could jump in a helicopter at sea level, and five minutes later live like we were in the middle of the winter./divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD44yYRQXSI/AAAAAAAAAXg/Tz-AaCGSPo8/s1600/DSC05917.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD44yYRQXSI/AAAAAAAAAXg/Tz-AaCGSPo8/s320/DSC05917.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891033598024994" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "the youngest bunch of the team./spanbr //divdivbr //divdivThe weather was a little funky most the time- rain/hail/snow mixed with super strong winds, which made for some hard core training. I spent the entire week in my rain jacket with exception to one day when the sun came out. When the sun did shine though, it really couldn't have gotten better! There is nothing like skiing in a t-shirt and seeing mountains for miles and miles./divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45fU3bp0I/AAAAAAAAAYw/2HF7hU_m9yo/s1600/DSC05951.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45fU3bp0I/AAAAAAAAAYw/2HF7hU_m9yo/s320/DSC05951.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891805778519874" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 169px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Mountains and more mountains!/spanbr //divdivbr //divdiv It was actually good it was only sunny one day, because I would get so distracted looking around and snapping pictures constantly that I would forget that I was supposed to be skiing./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45PVGkZPI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/UyrhL_HmMu4/s1600/DSC05939.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45PVGkZPI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/UyrhL_HmMu4/s320/DSC05939.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891530964100338" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 210px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Erika and I soaking in some vitamin D/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivOur two interval days were by far the worst weather- which was a little ironic.  Nicely enough we were thinking about going hard, so we were forgetting about the winds that you would occasionally need to duck down in order to keep yourself from blowing over, or the rain that seemed to soak you to the core within the first five minutes on snow. But at the end of the workout you always came in feeling like one hard core bad-ass! Our coach Erik was constantly reminding us these are the days that make the champions./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45TuVjp9I/AAAAAAAAAYY/IMuufFBvEug/s1600/DSC05943.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45TuVjp9I/AAAAAAAAAYY/IMuufFBvEug/s320/DSC05943.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891606457329618" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Amazing trails- thanks to Casey's bomb grooming!/span/divdivbr //divdivThe 16 athletes and the two coaches lived in this little house perched on the side of the glacier, right on the top of a huge cliff down to Girdwood. Living conditions are great up there./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD458H4dCLI/AAAAAAAAAY4/ufDjH3NNf28/s1600/DSC05907.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD458H4dCLI/AAAAAAAAAY4/ufDjH3NNf28/s320/DSC05907.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493892300509350066" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Eagle Glacier Holiday Inn and Suites/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv Plenty of drinking water, plenty of food, plenty of books and movies, and plenty of heat. The house has this sweet drying room set up where you hang your boots and all your clothes right when you walk in the door- and then everywhere else in the house stays dry and warm. /divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD448_uBYtI/AAAAAAAAAXw/wx3ligOKUto/s1600/DSC05926.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD448_uBYtI/AAAAAAAAAXw/wx3ligOKUto/s320/DSC05926.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891215986352850" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"brilliant drying system in the entry way filled with clothes and boots./span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivThe upstairs has a bunch of bunk rooms that everyone lives in and then this little strength area where we knocked off some dead lift, squats and pull-ups halfway through the week. We spent a lot of time in those bunk rooms- sleeping 10 hours a night and 2 hour naps in the day./divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45BS_sKhI/AAAAAAAAAX4/YLfSh10uvlI/s1600/DSC05927.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45BS_sKhI/AAAAAAAAAX4/YLfSh10uvlI/s320/DSC05927.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891289880209938" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "my bunk room- we do make our beds sometimes/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45GElKXoI/AAAAAAAAAYA/nEEU5v_Ksyw/s1600/DSC05929.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45GElKXoI/AAAAAAAAAYA/nEEU5v_Ksyw/s320/DSC05929.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891371910192770" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Our weight room designed for keeping up on the beach muscles!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivOne thing you have to get used to is sleeping in the light though. Perched on the top of a glacier in Alaska means it never gets dark at night! /divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD442oFpCpI/AAAAAAAAAXo/y3cQf2P89ew/s1600/DSC05924.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD442oFpCpI/AAAAAAAAAXo/y3cQf2P89ew/s320/DSC05924.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891106563754642" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 320px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "10 PM on our roof. Too excited about the blue sky to go to bed!/spanbr //divdivbr //divdivI have never realized how lucky it is to ski during the summer. It is just a nice way to break up all your dryland training and rollerskiing as well as keeping a constant check on your winter skiing technique. Erik spent a lot of time going over technique videos as well as filming out on the snow and reviewing during the day./divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45b-LcRwI/AAAAAAAAAYo/2d6O6UxnzSY/s1600/DSC05950.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45b-LcRwI/AAAAAAAAAYo/2d6O6UxnzSY/s320/DSC05950.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891748148823810" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Erik working with other new team member, Reese Hanneman during training./spanbr //divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv I have never seen two people work their butts off so hard in my life. The coaches, Erik and Casey, were constantly on the run grooming, hauling gear around the glacier, talking with athletes, and fixing everything so everyone was comfortable. It was amazing to see how hard they worked, and how much fun they had doing it. Super great!/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD44uL1GFII/AAAAAAAAAXY/G40Bfs-pBKc/s1600/DSC05908.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD44uL1GFII/AAAAAAAAAXY/G40Bfs-pBKc/s320/DSC05908.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493890961539208322" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Klister, Klister and more Klister. Everything in this little waxroom is sticky!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45XvwEFmI/AAAAAAAAAYg/cMFTVB8ufPk/s1600/DSC05942.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TD45XvwEFmI/AAAAAAAAAYg/cMFTVB8ufPk/s320/DSC05942.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5493891675556419170" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Patrick Johnson busting out the kilometers- on average I think he passed me three times a day!/spanbr //divdivbr //divdivI am back in Anchorage training now for three weeks before I head up to the Glacier again for my last camp of the summer. Looks like I will be participating in the Alaska REG uphill time trial this friday so check for more updates. I have added some photos from the glacier- but more to come! I only took out my camera on the nice days- so don't let it fool you :)/div/div/spandiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-6075128735702448731?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div

div style="text-align: left;"For the past five days my brother and I have been road tripping from Washington, across Canada, and up into Alaska. I must say, I now have a new appreciation for how far north Alaska is. A three hour flight over the ocean from Seattle to Anchorage just doesn't really define the reality of it.br //divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53khhWjAI/AAAAAAAAAVA/n_91Lhb-Ing/s1600/DSCN3747.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53khhWjAI/AAAAAAAAAVA/n_91Lhb-Ing/s320/DSCN3747.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456465168468994" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Beginning of road trip/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54ArIRB_I/AAAAAAAAAVo/N50_0bpZBJs/s1600/DSCN3786.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54ArIRB_I/AAAAAAAAAVo/N50_0bpZBJs/s320/DSCN3786.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456948783941618" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Sun roof allowing me to keep constant check on my bikes above./spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53rVvBF8I/AAAAAAAAAVI/CrJPSp9wyyw/s1600/DSCN3750.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53rVvBF8I/AAAAAAAAAVI/CrJPSp9wyyw/s320/DSCN3750.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456582263642050" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"R/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"adar detector, CD's, rear view mirror that you can't see with because my car is so full... set to go!/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivdivbr //divdivThe first night we didn't get very far, just across the canadian border where we visited one of my good friends in Summerland. I was set on spending the afternoon on Lake Okanogan because I figured it was the last time I was going to feel 90 degree weather like that in a long time!!! /divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Z-g3oDI/AAAAAAAAAWY/ZGcTSvEI_w0/s1600/DSCN3819.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Z-g3oDI/AAAAAAAAAWY/ZGcTSvEI_w0/s320/DSCN3819.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457383484137522" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Lunch of a Road Tripin' CHAMP!/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC7b68pOeFI/AAAAAAAAAXA/vT0S5FfTLVM/s1600/sadie+and+erik.jpg"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC7b68pOeFI/AAAAAAAAAXA/vT0S5FfTLVM/s320/sadie+and+erik.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489566801569151058" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold; "Summerland Sun/spanbr //divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdivThe next morning we woke up early and drove hard for 15 hours across B.C. to Fort St. John where we spent the night in a pretty sketchy one star hotel. We were there enough time to cook a bowl of canned chili in the microwave and get in six hours of sleep before we hit the road early again  for the 15 hour section to Whitehorse. From then we spent the next day relaxing in Whitehorse with another college buddy- walking around town and getting a workout in. It was super nice to have the day off after two long days of being cramped in the car./divdivbr //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Ejs-h2I/AAAAAAAAAVw/WUc_dglxg6A/s1600/DSCN3790.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Ejs-h2I/AAAAAAAAAVw/WUc_dglxg6A/s320/DSCN3790.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457015509911394" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"One rule of thumb- when you see gas.... you get gas! Not many places to stop in the middle of no-where. Here a small gas station right as our gas light went on./span/divdivbr //divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC5338i16FI/AAAAAAAAAVY/oxX3nnwlZ7M/s1600/DSCN3774.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC5338i16FI/AAAAAAAAAVY/oxX3nnwlZ7M/s320/DSCN3774.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456798839990354" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC538rhFYWI/AAAAAAAAAVg/nqSQt2pZ19o/s1600/DSCN3785.JPG"img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC538rhFYWI/AAAAAAAAAVg/nqSQt2pZ19o/s320/DSCN3785.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456880168558946" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Vs6yx8I/AAAAAAAAAWQ/gv4Jdw0d7HQ/s1600/DSCN3813.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Vs6yx8I/AAAAAAAAAWQ/gv4Jdw0d7HQ/s320/DSCN3813.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457310041556930" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Lots of pretty views/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54h3s781I/AAAAAAAAAWo/FaMLUkNv63g/s1600/DSCN3826.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54h3s781I/AAAAAAAAAWo/FaMLUkNv63g/s320/DSCN3826.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457519094657874" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/span/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Erik and I hanging out in the sun at Whitehorse/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdivSoon enough we were back in the car for the last section of the trip- the 13 hours from Whitehorse to Anchorage. I was pre-warned about this section, so I had an idea of what was coming- but I didn't really realize the degree of craziness. Right before you cross the border, back into the US there is about a 100 mile section of huge frost heaves that could very possibly swallow your car. I actually couldn't even believe they considered it a road. It was almost as if a river ran down the middle of the road at one point. After the huge ruts and bumps, the next hour was on dirt roads, where they were doing a bunch of road construction. After driving the crazy bumpy pavement- the dirt road actually seemed like a relief./divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Q8s56TI/AAAAAAAAAWI/nNzfgN03vPU/s1600/DSCN3809.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54Q8s56TI/AAAAAAAAAWI/nNzfgN03vPU/s320/DSCN3809.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457228378925362" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Sign Post Forest. We actually found a Bjornson Street./span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54IcbrLAI/AAAAAAAAAV4/LeJfp58gRWA/s1600/DSCN3800.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54IcbrLAI/AAAAAAAAAV4/LeJfp58gRWA/s320/DSCN3800.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457082277768194" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"lots of wildlife right beside the road./span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"br //span/divdivThe trip was super long, but also very pretty. Lots of wildlife, lots of road construction, lots of RV's, lots of people living in the bush, and lots of open land.  I have to say one of the craziest things we saw during the trip was on the last day, when we were driving through the upper yukon, we passed a large native, walking a baby in a stroller down the side of the highway, with a huge gun wrapped around his back. If I wasn't scared of the man's intentions, I would have stopped and taken a picture- because it was sure a sight to see. I have come to realize there is a reason people are out in the bush- not necessarily a bad reason- just a reason... and its better to not ask./divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54p72CXSI/AAAAAAAAAW4/g-rjExZhQ8U/s1600/DSCN3844.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54p72CXSI/AAAAAAAAAW4/g-rjExZhQ8U/s320/DSCN3844.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457657645522210" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Glacier we drove by near Anchorag/spane/divdivbr //divdivI have some pictures from the trip- Erik and I decided to randomly take pictures along the way. We were switching driving a lot, and Erik was too lazy to pull out the camera- so we missed some of the super cool sections.... but still some shots to explain the trip./divdivbr //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54l28paPI/AAAAAAAAAWw/LwtsPOfBUDY/s1600/DSCN3839.JPG"img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54l28paPI/AAAAAAAAAWw/LwtsPOfBUDY/s320/DSCN3839.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457587611592946" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Lots of Road Construction!/span/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //diva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54MaAhlpI/AAAAAAAAAWA/p655M_2vY7M/s1600/DSCN3803.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54MaAhlpI/AAAAAAAAAWA/p655M_2vY7M/s320/DSCN3803.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457150346499730" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //adiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"Hanging out waiting for pilot car./span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53xkzDN7I/AAAAAAAAAVQ/u2DPgTzYSyE/s1600/DSCN3765.JPG"img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC53xkzDN7I/AAAAAAAAAVQ/u2DPgTzYSyE/s320/DSCN3765.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489456689386305458" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/span/span/divdivOh yeah.... we hit a moose twenty miles from Anchorage on the way into town and crushed my car. It was raining hard and the dang thing came out from behind the overpass at a pretty good speed. Luckily neither of us were hurt.... but my car was. 2400 miles of road tripping... and the last twenty minutes "the shit hits the fan".  BIG BUMMER. I guess it makes for a good "You know your in Alaska when....." story. I took my car into the shop and it looks like it is supposed to take three to four weeks to fix. I suppose its back to the "These boots are made for walking"./divdivbr //divdiva onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54eMhmPDI/AAAAAAAAAWg/sEuCHzIgKgU/s1600/DSCN3820.JPG"img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l4L_01UOs1s/TC54eMhmPDI/AAAAAAAAAWg/sEuCHzIgKgU/s320/DSCN3820.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5489457455964765234" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; " //a/divdivAnd its off to my first Glacier camp with APU this weekend!/div/divdiv class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2018521813175454198-6036145779689747494?l=sadiebjornsen.blogspot.com' alt='' //div