Bahrke and team training in San Diego |

Bahrke and team training in San Diego

SAN DIEGO ” Life’s not exactly a beach right now for Tahoe City’s Shannon Bahrke and her fellow U.S. Freestyle moguls teammates, several of whom are stationed in San Diego this week for one of the most intense training camps of their season.

“We came down here to get our skiers out of their element in the mountains,” U.S. Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said. “We’ve been doing beach workouts every day. We try to keep everyone moving. We have stuff going on from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., so it’s fairly grueling, really intense and it’s a good way to get our prep season kicked off.”

For Bahrke, a 2002 Olympic silver medalist and this year’s U.S. Moguls champ, training in her home state is a great way to get back into the swing of things.

“This is our first camp and we’re really trying to get back into it. We’ve been doing a lot of different things,” Bahrke said. “I’m a Cali girl, so I love being down here. It’s beautiful, the sun is shining and it’s a really good vibe down here.”

Along with Bahrke is World Championship bronze medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.).

“We’re basically getting whipped into shape,” Kearney said. “We’re learning some technique in the gym, we’re doing core workouts, we’re running on the track and then we’re doing workouts at the beach that involve running in and out of the water with and without surfboards.

“I’m not exactly what you’d call a beach person, but it’s a really good way to mix up the training and get a good tan at the same time.”

The camp involves some of the most intense training the athletes will endure throughout their season. The intensity serves as a foundation for the athletes remaining in consistently good shape as they gear up for 2010.

“Every day I fall asleep within two seconds of my head hitting my pillow,” Bahrke said. “Everything we’ve been doing is really hard. There have been no easy workouts.”

“In a lot of ways this is a little unorthodox compared to what we usually do, but I think that’s one of the main reasons we do it,” Rawles added. “It’s good to get the athletes into different situations that they might not have been in before because in our sport we’re always dealing with different situations so this helps them prepare for that.”

The moguls athletes will remain in San Diego through the weekend before returning to their personal training schedules.

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