Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Beasts in the East
I was fortunate enough to be a young man when Rocky 4 came out. I enjoyed it in the theater and, like many who have seen this film, came away impressed by Rocky's training regime. While his Russian competition prepares in his state-of-the-art facility, overseen by scientists, Rocky gets creative in a snowbound barn. Pull-ups on the loft, tossing bails of hay and running in knee deep snow all contribute to Rocky's eventual victory.
Now, I have to admit that SMS is quite state-of-the-art itself. That being said, the Austria crew returned to find the mountians closed and temps high. After the European experience, a week of dryland training was tolerated. We were fortunate enough to have Okemo and Stratton open for our second week back, and the riders went to work like Rocky in the barn. Narrow trails have been blazed and shaky rails have been humbled. Suddenly the warm temps are OK, corn snow is shredded in hoodies.
In four rounds of Okemo Mt Top Boardercross (one run switch), NOELLE EDWARDS took 3 (and was playfully held back in the final run by Dan Landy). A trip to the Stratton Rail Garden turned into a true Rocky 4 moment. The progression session was highlighted by Ezra's regular and switch back lipslides, Noelle Edward's 50-50 back 180 out, Connor Callen approaching back-lip pretzels, and Peter Cerulo's list of bangers.
With rain forecasted for tomorrow, our meager training grounds might actually get worse. Whatever comes, I will be on the trail with the baddest group of riders on the hill, training Rocky style.
CONNOR AND PHOEBE WORK THE BACK LIP
EZRA IN WARM-UP MODE
ICY GRANULAR WITH A CHANCE OF FOG
A QUICK LOOK AT TODAY'S ACTION (SORRY THE IPHONE FOOTAGE MAKES THEM LOOK LIKE MINI-SELVES).