Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's hard to believe that we are over 1/2 done our Hawaii camp - actually, it's hard to believe that we are even here on Maui training - but seriously - the training has been stellar here on the island so far!
I'll keep this "picture heavy" for now but what we've been up to is training both down here at sea level (really getting after it. It's amazing how hard you can push (in intervals and in the weight room) with thick air around!) as well as doing some amazing altitude work up high on Mt. Haleakala. I don't think there's a better road in the world to work on uphill technique and training. Imagine - 0m above the sea to all the way up to 3055m. All of which has great pavement to bang out some sweet rollerskiing. 
Aside from putting in solid days of training, we've been able to "play" a little too. The past three days we've spent "down" at our base in Paia (on Maui's North Shore) and have been lucky enough to enjoy a south swell that rolled in over on the South/SouthWest part of the island for a few surfing sessions - which have been a blast. Nothing big or anything, but fun enough to catch a few vagues.
Paia is my favorite place to stay on Maui - so I was really glad that Justin/Eric/Louis picked it as our base. The road up the volcano can start right from town - no commute to training! - and the vibe, (albeit decently hippie) is cool. Great restaurants, amazing grocery store, interesting vibe, proximity to great training, beaches, ocean, etc... make it completely great.
Enjoy some photos y'all.
Banging out a loooooooooooong uphill classic ski with the boys

Here's one of us skate rollerskiing now... Great, great roads, for sure we're getting some funny looks, but it's all good.
"Waterman and FMOM (fastest man on the mountain) big Lenny chilling at the rainy campsite at 2300m after a long day of training.

Out for a run out in the crater of Mt. Haleakala

Babs leading us high on Mt. Haleakala

Some more rollerski action - thanks ONEWAY for the hook ups with swag before we came down here!

Almost up there...

Nearing the summit - actually, we got there and biked down to this sign to snap the pic.

De Nys and I banged out a sweet 3.25hr run through the whole crater one day - amazing views.
Crazy-wicked staff make all this possible - especially the results in the winter. L to R: Eric, Louis, Scott and Joel

Perianne Jones ladies and gentlemen. 
Chandra is into the spirit of aloha big time. Shakas all around after a great sunset surf sesh

Me enjoying some surfing action one evening. 

Big thanks to the man that made this all happen - we're just lucky that man enjoys surfing too: Justin playing in the surf on our first sunset sesh three days ago.
Now it's back up on Mt. Haleakala to finish off the last three days of our camp. Some big hours and more time logged at the campsite high on the volcano. It's been a sweet camp, and I'd recommend Maui as a training camp location - we've been enjoying it. 
I'll try and get the coaches to snap a few more pics and I'll take some more too - and post another update in a bit.

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