|Here's Bob on the "equine"
treadmill. Yes, that means horse treadmill.
This photo was taken at the Central Oregon Community College Exercise Physiology Lab. Here, we learned at least two things:
The blood samples measure the Lactic Acid concentration. LA is a byproduct of muscle activity. It's what gives that burning sensation and "rubbery" feeling when you push yourself too hard. At the end of the test, I had tolerated a LA concentration of 8.4mmohl/liter. I tied for highest LA among the men in the camp. For this, I won a T shirt.
Note: the highest LA was scored by a woman (9.5).
|That evening, after sushi at
Yoco, I attended the training workshop led by JD at On The Way
ski shop. Later that night, as I drifted off to sleep in my motel room,
realized that I needed to have 2 pairs of skis ready to use at 8 am the
next morning. Oops.
I set my Palm Pilot to go off at 5 am so that I could set up a makeshift waxing area in the motel room. I prepped one pair of skate skis and one for striding by clamping my portable wax bench to the up-turned dresser drawers that I had covered with a bed sheet.(the two "T"s on the bed sheet in the background of the photo below are the wax bench) It worked. I got no wax on the rug and I was on-time for my first on-snow sessions up on Mount Bachelor at 8 am sharp. On on.
|I didn't get many photos of my
fellow campers. In fact, I took almost
no photos of my fellow campers. The shot above is more about the
view down the trail head than about everyone snapping into their
(another camper from California) took this picture of me. This was
Saturday - a race day for about half the campers and a hundred or so
other skiers. I opted to watch and learn what I had been doing right
(and wrong) to prepare for racing.
A light mist fell all morning. I'm wearing a clear "garbage bag" (made with arm and neck holes and emblazoned with the Mt Bachelor logo) to keep me a little drier. The tent behind me was reserved for the local XC Oregon racers and us campers. Although not heated, it kept us dry and was much roomier than the Nordic Center building that was packed with the general public. I have no idea why I'm smiling like that - I'm cold and wet.
The non-racing campers shivered by the side of the race course watching and discussing technique as the racers skied by. JD got videos of them on a nice little section with a small downhill turn, a flat section and a short, steep hill. We watched the videos that afternoon at the Cascade Brewing Company. Someone (JD? other campers? not me) bought pitchers of beer. mmmmmm..... beer
|Sunrise over Bend, Oregon.
Taken a few steps from the Starbucks, of course.
won a XC Oregon ski cap. The question was "what color medal did Becky
Scott win at the 2002 Olympics?". Answer: "all of them". She was
awarded the bronze in Salt Lake. When the gold and silver "winners"
were eventually disqualified, she got the silver, then gold. Did she
have to give the silver and bronze back? I don't know.
Bend, OR is a pretty town with lots of outdoor things to do and many people who like to do outdoor things. I overheard one OR resident complain about how trendy Bend is. These things are relative. As a CA guy, the sound of Bend (and probably lots of other places colder than my home) is the buzzing sound of studded tires.
I saw Mount Shasta from many angles (and for several hours) on the way back down to San Jose.