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My Cross Country Ski Training
Summer Training
Week 16 (Mid August)

kayak racing is good cross training

This series shares my cross country ski training activities, and this is my blog for Week 16 of this training year.

This is a high volume week with over 15 hours of training. Since the hours per week are so high, I am cutting the intensity, in order to reach my weekly goal without getting injured or wasted. About the circle photo: I have always found that kayak racing is super cross training for cross country ski racing.

If you tuned into this series just now, and want to know what it's about, click here to go to the start. It's for those who are curious about the kind of training cross country ski racers enjoy doing to get ready for winter fun at Lake Tahoe and beyond.

To see prior training weeks, just scroll down and use the navigation buttons.

So let's check out Week 16...

Week 16 AM/PM Mode 4th of a 4-Week Block: Goal hrs.14:51 15:15 of 51 Highest Vol. Block of Year: Huge Hrs,Zero Intensity,Less Running Hours
Mon AM

Run&Kayak Day: L1 trail run 1:06 hr. then L1 kayaking 48min 1:54

PM WT RM Strength: 25min warmup digging and wheelbarrowing wet dirt up hill
5min jump rope
LADDERS 3 sets of 10 boxes
* One-Ins
* Two-Ins
* Sideways Two-Ins
PLYOS 3 sets of 6
* Two-Leg Jump Ups onto Rock
* One-Leg Jump Ups Push Offs
* Telemark Jumps
* One-Leg Jump Forward
UPPER BODY 3 sets of 6 reps
* Tricep Dips on Bench
* Pullups
* Tricep Dips on Dip Bar
* One-Arm Pulldowns R & L
* Two-Arm Pulldowns
* Plank Front, R & L
Wed AM RdB Overdistance: cycling 3:52

Run&Kayak Day: L1 trail run ~1 hr. w. 6x20 sec. accels then L1 kayaking 45min w. 6x20 sec. accels 1:55

PM RdB Cycling&Running toggle 40 min. to practice transitions 0:40
Fri AM Other Hiking varied grades 1:34


Sat AM RdB L1 including practice for triathlon transition cycling-to-run ona short loop, changing gear each loop 2:11

PM Run L1 trail run directly after cycling to feel the transition 0:10
Sun AM Run L1 road running hard surface 0:45

PM WT RM Strength/Plyos: 15 min. moose hoof/trail run w. poles warmup then
CORE & UPPER BODY 3 sets 1minON/30sec REST unless noted...
* Front Plank
* Right and Left Plank with twists
* Tricep Bench Dips 20 reps
* Full Pullups 6 reps
LOWER BODY 2 sets 30secPer Leg/30sec REST unless noted...
* StepUp-HopUp onto 1 ft. tall rock, high knee front
* StepUp-HopUp onto 1 ft. tall rock, lift leg in back
* Both Legs HopUp/PushOff 8 in. tall rock
* One-legged hopping forward
* In-Out Hopping Both Legs Hop Together then Both To Sides
Week Summary


KEY: The references to L1, L2, L3 and L4 in the spreadsheet refer to heart rate zones, with L1 being lowest heart rate. A general way to think about these heart rate training zones is: L1 is Level 1 - very easy to talk, L2 is Level 2 - easy to talk, L3 is Level 3 - difficult to talk marathon race pace, L4 - cannot talk 5K race pace, L5 - WFO sprint pace maximum speed. Key to modes of training: Ski Walk/Bound SW/SS, Ski Skate SSK, Ski Classic SCL, Rollerski Skate RSSK, Rollerski Classic RSCL, Road Bike RdB, Mountain Bike MtB, Kayak or Row KYK, Double Poling DP, Weight Room/Strength WTRM. (For in-depth information about training plans, periodization of training and all the details that go into making up a training year, please look for CXC Academy or another training organization for that kind of detail.)

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DISCLAIMER: All sports including Cross Country Skiing have inherent risks. This training page is provided as information only. It is not a prescription for training. It is provided without the benefit of assessing the reader's health, fitness or skill. It is not a substitute for qualified personal coaching. Obtain a doctor's medical assessment before engaging in strenuous exercise. By reading this page, you agree to indemnify the author and any associated entity from any harm you may incur if you decide to follow the training program, and you agree you are at your own risk and that you hold harmless the author and any other associated entity.

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