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Lake Placid Mini Camp Wraps Up for SMS T2 Team

By Alayna Sonnesyn

Julia Kern, Jessie Diggins and Alayna Sonnesyn at recent roller ski race in Lake Placid. (PC: Reese Brown)

After a blissful recovery week back in Stratton, the SMS T2 team was off again for a mini training camp in Lake Placid. Last week, we drove three hours into the Adirondacks to stay in a beautiful mountain lodge (shoutout to the Lehman family for hooking us up). During this camp we prioritized sleep, hangout sessions on the porch hammock, and games of cornhole. Oh, also training!

We left Stratton after a few intensity sessions already completed during the week, so our first day we ran into the mountains for an over distance workout. We could not have asked for better weather and were jumping for joy when we could look out and see the leaves changing colors. The following day, we took it pretty easy before a big weekend of rollerski races that NENSA put on for everyone.

On Saturday, we drove to the new rollerski track at the Lake Placid Olympic Bobsled training site and race in the Keys to the Castle. With heats of four people sending it around some pretty spicy downhill corners, we were all happy to walk away unscathed with a great effort under our belts and a super fun day!

Some roller ski racing action from Lake Placid. (PC: Reese Brown)

The following day, we had an early wake up call to book it over to Jericho, VT for another rollerski race. This time, a 15k skate for both men and women. We were blessed with another gorgeous fall day. I think everyone was pretty tired by the time we made it around the course three times, but everyone I saw had a huge smile on their face as we were stoked to all be there together and racing hard. Thanks NENSA for an awesome weekend of racing and a great excuse to travel around New England with this team!

The SMS T2 Team is an elite cross-country ski team supported by the T2 Fund of World Cup Dreams. Check out the team roster here.

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