This weekend was spent at Whistler BC.
Margaret was attending the 2009 FIS Trainers Seminar, and I was sampling the single-track on the mountain bike.
The FIS Trainers Conference was an educational siminar for coaches from Europe and North America, and had presentations on physical, tactical, and technical preparation, as well as strategic planning for long term athlete development. Researchers such as Holmberg (SWE) and Smith (CAN) are leading researchers in areas such as double poling, testing, and sprint preparation.
Margaret reports that the speakers were of the highest quality and the presentations were uniformly excellent and well worth attending. As you might expect, she came away from each day boiling over with enthusiasm and very stimulated.
It's worth noting, I think, that there were no USSA coaches at the seminar, and as far we could tell, Margaret (representing the Methow Valley Nordic Club) was the only USA coach in attendance.
Margaret will have a summary report in an upcoming Ultratune Newsletter.