1. It brings you to amazing places.
|Lex watching a great sunset up on Eagle|
|Rosie and I all bundled in our llbean rain gear- prepared for a wet descent.|
2. It makes you work harder than you could ever imagine for it, but the rewards are high.
|Saved by a coke after a long week, and a long final workout!|
3. You are happy to make sacrifices for it on a year-around basis.
4. When it challenges you, you are willing to take on adversity and be resourceful.
|Blurry hike on the treadmill after a rollerski crash left my knee and hand pretty banged up.|
|Best part about wearing your bones on the outside of your gloves... you can check up on any broken ones easily!|
5. It brings together with an amazing group of people to collaborate with and improve from each other.
|The Women's Team after a sunny and incredibly intense team sprint workout. (Eric Packer photo)|
|Thanks to these amazing men for keeping the Glacier going! Erik Flora, Don Haering and Andre Lovett. (Eric Packer Photo)|
|APU Team celebrating the end of a sweet summer! (Eric Packer photo)|
|Thanks to our amazing coach, Erik Flora, for managing 100 tasks, always staying positive, and believing 110%!|
6. It takes you outdoors in all varieties of conditions, but never lets you focus too much on the weather.
|Sunny, or.... (Eric Packer photo)|
|Not so pleasant....|
|Tyler vs. Rosie. How to get two sets of skis up the long 1km climb from the stadium?|
|A perfect day on Eagle (Zuzana Rodgers photo)|
8. It teaches you about a variety of things, including the changes in climate and glaciers and how to observe your surroundings.
|A glacier melting down to blue ice in new places.|
|Many varieties of snow crystals throughout the day on Eagle. (Zuzana Rodgers photo).|
9. You love every second of it, including the brutally long and challenging training hours, races, intervals, and more.
|The boys pushing hard, working on uphill DP (Zuzana Rodgers photo).|
|Team Sprinting with Thomas-Finding the race mindset. (Zuzana Rodgers photo)|
|Giving it all (Zuzana Rodgers photo).|
10. It constantly reminds you to be thankful for the opportunity you are given.
|Racing around the world representing your country!|
|Skiing on a Glacier in the middle of summer...!! (Zuzana Rodgers photo).|
Last week was APU's third and final week of training on Eagle Glacier for the summer. It was a successful camp despite some little hurdles thrown my way just before. (I took a big crash on roller skis that left me with a fairly banged up knee and a hand with some sort of ligament/bone damage). But, sunshine cures all frustrations, and that last kilometer skied for the summer on Eagle was my happiest. Over the course of the summer, I had some great time to work on technique goals, I got to ski hundreds of kilometers, and I got to focus my heart on ski racing 100%.
I have been to fourteen camps now on Eagle Glacier, and it still hasn't gotten old. I am just as excited, motivated, and incredibly thankful as I was my first camp on Eagle. It is so hard to believe that I train in town, jump on a helicopter, and am engulfed in winter for a full week… only to return back to town for three weeks of training, and repeat three times throughout the summer! That is a true dream world!