Most of the year, I'm a bit of a nomad, so summer is really the only time I have when I can put down roots and actually spend a good chunk of time in one place. Well, sort of. We didn't have any team camps or trips planned between early May and the end of August this summer. This meant that I could put my full focus into training at Craftsbury, and any time spent away would be for fun!
We got totally spoiled in Craftsbury last summer with dry, breezy, sunny days. Actually, according to Vermonters, it was a bit of a drought, not that I noticed being a Western girl from the desert. This summer has been the opposite. I just read in the paper that in June of 2016, northern VT reported 1.89 inches of rain. In June of 2017, they reported 7.32 inches!! That's a lot of moisture people. So while the wet weather has occasionally made it a little tougher to motivate to get out the door for training, when the sun does come out it's blindingly green on the hillsides. It also hasn't been very hot, which is great for training as well. I'm not complaining.
It's been since May that I last updated my blog, so I'll just give the quick run through in photos, rather than trying to sum it all up in words! Overall, training has been going well, life has been busy with work, gardening, traveling to see friends and go to weddings, and of course, time for summer activities like swimming, paddleboarding, and picking blueberries.
|An early summer grass speed session- it's just what it looks|
like- skiing uphill on grass, with real skis. Believe it or not,
it's a total blast (Photo Caitlin Patterson)
|Pretty pretty. Craftsbury sunsets never disappoint. This one|
is from the top of West Hill
|About the only time I get to see all my college friends now is|
for weddings. My UNH teammate Dylan got married (last summer
actually), but they had a big party down in Putney in June to celebrate
|Cheers to Meg and Dylan, to seeing best friends again, and to|
perfect VT summer nights (Photo Gretchen Powers)
|Running on dirt roads past green fields- life isn't so bad (Photo Pepa)|
|I spent a few weeks in June dog-sitting for these two. I know|
that I can't have a dog right now with all the traveling I do, but
looking after someone else's dogs made me so excited for the
day when I can!
|I also got to enjoy spectacular sunsets from their owners'|
lawn on West Hill in Craftsbury
|Summertime means organizing and timing our weekly trail series|
in Craftsbury. It's really fun to see how many people come out.
Every once in a while, they get to start under a rainbow (Photo Pepa)
|Summer also means gardening, or in this case, unrolling a giant|
bale of hay to use as mulch. Overhead from this activity,
"I don't need no stinkin' Crossfit when I have gardening!"
|The rows of squash, peppers, and cabbage all happy with|
their new mulch
|Summer days on the dock at Craftsbury. Not a bad way to|
supervise BKL camp
|BKL campers rocking their lip sync to Barbie Girl. The 13|
year old boy on the right definitely won the attitude award
for the day.
|Hiking Pitchoff Mountain with my former UNH teammate|
Elizabeth Izzo and her sister Anna
|Playing in the mountains with friends pretty much always|
|Delicious dinner prepared by Clare, the best|
company, and lovely views of the lake
|Floaties! The 4th with Clare and her boyfriend Erik on Mirror|
Lake in LP
|Just hop on the train if you want a ride! A lovely day for a|
roll/run combo to Lake Willoughby in Barton, VT
|This summer, the team has been working hard on improving|
the trail system at Sterling College in Craftsbury. Here we
have all the tools of the trade- chainsaws, hammers, nails, ear
and head protection, and willing BKL laborers (just kidding)
And finally, at the end of July I got to go home for a week! It seems like every summer, a few more of my friends get married, and this time a high school (well, really more like middle school) friend was having her wedding in Park City. I had an amazing week of catching up with old friends, playing in the mountains, and of course, dancing my butt off.
|Feeling very lucky to be back in my favorite mountain town|
|Wigs and little black dresses for the bachelorette party- why not|
|All friends of the bride from running together- high school cross|
country on the left and college on the right
|Making new friends- Cosette the horse, and Jill,|
one of the other bridesmaids!
|All of the bridesmaids and attendants|
|Reunited with my favorite running buddies. We don't run together|
anymore, but it's like nothing ever changed when we get together
|Exploring in the Wasatch once the wedding shenanigans wound|
|Top of Clayton peak with Hannah, one of my oldest friends|
from Park City. This year she's running a 50k mountain race
and doing an Ironman, so I'm always happy to take her out
for a long run