Now, I realize that many of the readers of this site already have the gear thing dialed. This little piece may bore you a bit. But I also realize that there are others who are just catching the skimo racing bug and may need some inside tips.
Nothing outrageous to report this week in training. I was on target for getting my 15 hour/week goal and then got side-tracked by the damn job! Yes, life certainly gets in the way when you don't get paid to train. So, I ended up taking an extra day off on Thursday after getting hammered in the operating room for 11 hours and just could not get psyched about going up on the King after 8pm. This allowed me a short block of over-reaching into the weekend that I certainly felt. Hopefully, I will come up out stronger because of it.
The third week of training went fairly well with only a conditions-induced hiccup buying me an extra day off on Thursday. I also tested my dedication, forgoing the office Christmas party for training late into the evening on Friday night. I found myself doing two laps up Old Pass Road after a late night at work on a gorgeous night with lots of fresh pow.
Now that I'm in the thick of my preparation for the upcoming US Ski Mountaineering National Championships, I've been giving a lot of thought to the various training intensities I need to visit during the training week. Visitors to this site have read plenty about my opinions regarding this stuff. One aspect of conditioning I have not formally covered is the topic of what most physiologists call VO2 max intervals.
Real training week #2 down and it went as planned. With a vacation week at hand, I wanted to get some volume first and some intensity second. I accomplished both without killing myself. I think most of this is due to the fact that I went easy when the plan called for doing so. And this is the trick that most skiers will have to master if they want to increase their performance whether for racing or just getting faster on certain tours.