Saturday, November 13, 2010

The 2010 Dryland Season is Underway!

After graduating many seniors last season, this season's telemark team is a smaller, yet still mighty crew. But have no fear, we're as ridiculous as always. The first week or so of dryland involved about as many students as coaches, as a handful of the boys finished out their soccer season and Luke and Kelsey B were still busy crushing it in the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League. This allowed for the remaining few of us to pursue some new activities, such as enjoying a late season mountain bike ride at the base of Mt. Sopris on the Prince Creek Trails.

Just another day of dryland training in beautiful Carbondale, CO (Prince Creek)

Many of our afternoons have been spent alongside the alpine and snowboard teams. They have joined us for plyometric circuits, trail runs, and our favorite field game-- speedball. This cross of soccer/ultimate/football is back in full force this season, completely destroying each and every one of us from the all the sprinting involved.

Cormac (in red)works on perfecting his squat technique during tri-team tabata (plyometric circuits)

Another day not to be forgotten: The Marion Gulch Mud Fest! I guess next time we'll know... when Kayo and Meghan have to ask themselves, "hmm, will it be too muddy up there today?"... the answer is YES. But great fun comes out of running on a trail that: A.) Just witnessed 2+ days of rain and snow, B.) Is often muddy anyways, C.) contains hidden creeks under the snow, and D.) After said weather, just got stomped on by the cows coming out of the high country. What resulted was one of the muddiest drylands in history. Some got to partially practice ski technique on the slick downhill sections, shoes were suctioned off by mud on the way back down for others. But we did get in a good run and a leg-burning-backward walking-tuck-positioned hill workout, complete with a few burr bouquet fights. We returned to the fatboy covered in mud and "velcroed" with burrs. What a day!
*On a side note, another highlight of the day occurred as Meghan, our school librarian, was quoted out of context during a break, exclaiming, "No, I can't read!" In trying to explain that she indeed does work all day in the library, as opposed to reading books, browsing facebook, etc., she singlehandedly subjected herself to jokes about literacy-- for the rest of the season.

A few weeks into the season, looking to switch it up a bit... we hit the pool! For waterpolo! In AWESOME hats! The Glenwood Rec Center set us up with three lanes and the official water polo headgear. Man, did we look good. A few of the students in CRMS' swimming active and teacher Erik Skeaff joined us for a competitive game. This was new territory for the tele team. Though not all are expert swimmers, we did get a great workout and are proud to report that no one drowned. After the game a quick spa session was in store, with a hot tub and water slide sesh. Most everyone on the team came up with a new, creative way to descend the water slide-- unfortunately all were vetoed by the lifeguard. Hey, at least we tried...

Charlie and Lucien

Cormac under pressure from Robinson, as Kayo and JT look on

Kayo charges Luke as he tries to pass off the ball

Charlie jumps up to defend the goal

Kayo, just tall enough to ride the slide

Feet first only, Luke!

Kayo shares deep thoughts on life, love, and trash bag sledding

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