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Western REG: discover what is possible...

Tue, Jun  29, 2010 - By Pete Vordenberg

by pushing each other and working together.

The Western REG ended this morning. The week-long camp included 18 hours of training, time trials, strength tests, speed work, talks by the US Ski Team including Andy Newell, technique work, double-pole sessions and a long distance combi workout.

Finding the right position for V1. Auburn Nordic coach Ben Grasseschi looks on... Also coaching were U of U coach Abi Holt, Sun Valley SEF coach Ashley McQueen, Steamboat Springs WSC coach Josh Smullen, Durango Nordic coach Josh Dalley, Patrick Harper from Bogus Basin Nordic in Boise and me, Pete Vordenberg, USST.

Emphasis was put on working on one thing per technique per session. Work, Focus = improvement every session.

Getting the best in the region together means everyone gets a chance to learn from each other and push each other, as well as have fun together. Compete = to seek together. Push each other to help each other.

Effort, pain and concepts of what is difficult or even possible is cultural. Ang Rita Sherpa faces a wilderness tooth pulling with a mile wide smile. Redefine hard, discover what really is possible.

Western REG Agony Time Trial

Russell Kennedy 15:55
Will Wicherski 15:56
Erik Fagerstrom 15:57
Rogan Brown 16:24
Conor Wallace 16:39
Max Christman 16:39
Austin Meng 16:39
Mike Vigers 16:44
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci 16:57
Tanner Weigand 17:35
Sean Woods 17:37
Ben Westesen 17:41
Johnny Springer 17:42
Henry Austin 17:51
Danny Sundali 17:54
Casey Smith 19:18
Jack Steele 19:35
Alex Hamilton 19:54
     
Annie Pokorny 19:34
Jessica Jortberg 19:38
Alicia Rose Pastore 20:33
Elena Breed 21:17
Stella Holt 21:21
Katie Gill 21:25
Mikaela Frias 21:47
Anne Miller 22:37
Haley Piske 22:50
Emily Williams 23:09
Kara Baldwin 24:12
Emma Donohoe 24:51

Western REG Strength Test (just the top 5 results - using the Canadian strength test rules)

    Pull-Ups Sit-Ups Push-Ups Box Jumps Dips TOTAL
Conor Wallace 30 48 60 66 55 319
Ben Westesen 23 58 52 59 70 308
Jack Steele 27 48 69 59 49 306
Johnny Springer 35 49 58 53 38 303
Rogan Brown 27 46 65 60 49 301
               
Emily Williams 7 52 60 50 31 214
Jessica Jortberg 9 55 41 60 30 213
Annie Pakorny 3 45 50 62 30 196
Michaela Frias 5 55 40 58 25 193
Anne Miller 0 55 48 58 23 184

Rollerskiers heading up East Canyon - followed by a run from East over to Parley's. This was the last real workout of the camp.

Great job coaches and athletes on a great Western REG. The other regions' Regional Elite Group camps are starting up soon too.

Seek Together.

pvordenberg@ussa.org

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