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July 21, 2011: Volume 12, Number 16




 Jessie Diggens Blog 


"And remember...if a grizzly charges you, lay down and cover your head and neck. If it's a black bear...do your best to fight back". -Erik Flora's last words to us before beginning our afternoon run today. Welcome to Alaska! Sadly, the bear warnings are for real - Kinsey Loan (APU) got charged by a grizzly AND kicked by a moose all in the past few weeks. No worries though - she's tough as nails and is fine. 
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Jesse Diggens -US Ski Team, CXC Elite, Salomon Complete



CXC Academy News


Spring is in the rearview and we've taken the training wheels off. The training plan has a nice mix of distance, strength, L3/L4 intervals, and speeds. One aspect which can't be scheduled due to individuality are race efforts. If there is a 5k running race happening near you and you want to run, go run it! This should help to "mix things up," just make sure to substitute it in place for one of the L4 workouts that week. The goal here is to avoid summer training becoming too monotonous. Training should be fresh and fun throughout the year!  See more here www.cxcacademy.com  



In the CXC Video Room


Kick Double Pole Technique - dry-land progressions

V2 with a Hop - skate technique rollerski drill

Ski Base Repair

Cleaning and Maintaining Tools

Mobility and Strength Exercises - lunge work

Foam Roller Routines - working on oblique, arm pit and triceps muscles 

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 Austrialia and New Zealand

Skiing & Racing Now


Falls Creek

Whilst many people in the Northern Hemisphere are at the beach, the racing season in the Southern Hemisphere is kicking off.


The FIS Cross-Country Continental Cup will launch it's competition season on 23rd-24th July 2011 at Falls Creek in conjunction with the Australia-New Zealand Cup (ANC). The ANC in Cross-Country will move to New Zealand for the second stage in Snow Farm and return to Perisher Valley in late August 2011. The series will conclude at Falls Creek (AUS) on 27th August with one of the first popular races of the season, the Kangaroo Hoppet.

"There has been interest from some international teams and athletes, including Estonia, Switzerland and the USA, however athletes from overseas are more likely to attend the ANC races in August at Perisher Valley, when they can compete there one weekend and in the Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek the following weekend."," says Finn Marsland from Ski & Snowboard Australia.


In addition to the Australia-New Zealand Cup kick off this weekend, Falls Creek will host the Australian Nationals with the classical sprint on Saturday, 23rd July and the distance free technique races the following day.

Last years' ANC was dominated by local hero Callum Watson who collected 386 points to beat compatriots Ben Sim and Chris Darlington. On the ladies' side Australia's Esther Bottomley was the superior athlete with 590 points and edged out her teammates Aimee Watson and Belinda Phillips to take first place.


For all upcoming competitions in the Southern Hemisphere, the athletes can count on good conditions with record cold weather. Falls Creek reported last week excellent snow conditions with 55 km of groomed tracks. www.fiscrosscountry.com




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Program Director/Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator.  Annual salary: $30,000. The West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation is seeking a Program Director and Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator. Duties of the job include planning, coordinating, and executing cross country ski events, marketing cross country skiing in and around West Yellowstone, and assisting in the management and maintenance of the Rendezvous Ski Trail System.  A detailed job description is available at  www.rendezvousskitrails.com .




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