This summer I was fortunate to be able to travel to the Peruvian Andes. Although it was not a training trip, the chance to ski in the southern hemisphere was too good to let go. At 5,700 meters (18,700 feet) nothing is easy. A thirty second loop felt like a full sprint race, and I would have to admit the snow wasn’t very good. But I wouldn’t complain about July skiing anywhere.
I started my summer with a family vacation to Maine, which consisted mainly of relaxing, rollerskiing, and running. Although I was worried about it, the J2/EHSC Development Camp was a success for me and I learned a plethora of new training tips/theories. Kenya can be summed up in a list: early mornings, red dirt, crazy Kenyan second graders, bumpy roads, small taxi vans, insanely fast (and skinny) runners on dirt tracks, needy orphan kids, hippos, wildebeests, lions, and, of course, lots and lots of RUNNING.