The race season is right around the corner that means easing up on the distance and focusing on quality intervals and intensity. Last week I pushed myself in two quality interval sessions from the guidance of Glenn; 5×5 ski walking/Bounding and 4×6 Min with speeds classic roller ski. Overall, my training week went really well and I’m looking forward to West Yellowstone.

 This last weekend I was fortunate to experience the perks of my girlfriend Trish’s job. She’s Program Coordinator for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys. We spent the weekend at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. Friday we checked in to the hotel, once into our room a gift basket delivery from the hotel full of fresh fruit, cheese, cracker, and wine. We nibbled on the snacks and enjoyed the wine while the sun set over the bay. This was the start of an amazing weekend!

Phillip Violett Asilomar Beach

Saturday started with a yoga session with David, next an amazing trip to the aquarium, then a breath taking road bike along 17 mile drive, and finallyyy peaceful surf at Asilomar Beach the same day a 12′ Great White attacked a surfer just north of Monterey. Sunday we indulged in a couples massage in the early AM and a mid-day surf in Carmel before the trek back home;-( The weekend was relaxing helping me recover for this weeks training.

Trish Ward And Phill Violett @ Carmel Beach

About Phillip Violett

2004 Graduate of Sugar Bowl Academy. Raced in 6 Junior National Championships (7 X All-American). 2003 represented the US Ski Team in the J1 Scandinavian Cup race series in Sweden. Spent the 2000 & 2004 summer’s training and racing at the Snow Farm in New Zealand. 2009 Graduate of Northern Michigan University. 2010 season competed as Senior member of Team Far West switching my focus from cross-country skiing racing to biathlon! During the 2011 season I focused only on biathlon, competing in 18 races with some respectable results. Currently, I’m racing for Auburn Ski Club and Far West Farm Team, focusing on the NorAm Biathlon race series attempting to qualify for the USBA team.