My Cross Country Ski Training
This series shares my cross country ski training activities, and this is my blog for Week 19 of this training year.
This week, I'll admit that the high volume of training is pretty taxing on my body; but, so far so good! As long as I can rub out any little nits that crop up, like a little heel soreness after last week's road running time trial, then goody goody the fun of training goes on and on and Yay! for that.
This week's 14 hours will be followed by next week's 16-and-a-half-hours, which will be my highest volume 4-Week Block of training for this year. So, I'm making sure to go easy enough when the training plan says to, but this week I also get to enjoy a fun time trial full of gnarly adventure running in a race that includes on hills, roots, rocks, sand, a bog and lots of friends who I love to race with!
At the end of each long week, I celebrate that I have accomplished my training goals. Training for cross country ski racing is a fun game to play, and I play it every day, making sure to do all the workouts and enjoy the promise of increasing fitness.
About the photo: That's me on my first roller ski session of the year out along the lakeshore. Taking photos of one's self during training is useful, since it helps with self-evaluation. Plus, selfies are fun!
This blog is based on my cross country ski training, and the info. is provided just 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. You can view more of my training log by clicking on one of the navigation links below.
So let's check out Week 19...
|Week 19||AM/PM||Mode||3rd Week/4-Week Block: Goal hrs. 14 of 50 hr. 4-Week - Only 1 intensity this Long Week with a time trial on Sat.||Hours|
|Roller Skiing ~1 hr. L1 w. 3x10min. DP only, then Cycling road and gravel ~1:10||2:15|
10 min trail run
5 min jump rope
One ins - 10 boxes - high knees&fast
One ins - into box out to side of box and go 10 boxes
Two ins & outs: both legs in then out 10 boxes
2 x 10 Rotational overhead slam one leg hop
do these without the ball
2 x Russian Twist 1 min. 15 lbs. fast
2 x leg flutter fast 30 sec. head up
1 x 10 straight back situps SLOW to Vertical
Upper Body (Mostly)
3 x 6 Press Up Pushups from knees with pop up to vertical
3 x 6 Dumbbell Swing One Arm between legs w. squat w. 15 lb. weight
3 x 6 Dumbbell Ts up then out then in then down w. 15 lb and 10 lb. Hand weights
3 x 6 regular pushups
3 x 6 Pull Downs on weight machine, Right Arm Left Arm then increase weight and both arms
3 x 15 Tricep dips on bench with elevated legs
3 x 10 Pullups
3 x 6 Tricep dips on dip bar
3 x 10 Leg extensions on weight machine
|Wed||AM||Run||Run FastHike toggle on upcoming 5K trail run route||2:03|
|Thu||AM||RdB||Road and Gravel flat L1 riding 2 days before time trial, so no running||2:03|
|RUN > 30min then Roller Ski 1hr. w. 10min. single sticking and 10min. dbl. pole only||1:45|
|Sat||AM||Run||intensity: 5K Trail Adventure Run Time Trial w. usual warmup 10min fastwalk, 15min L1, 3min L2, 3min L4, 4x 20sec accels||1:30|
|PM||WT RM||strength: warmup 10min cycling
CORE & UPPER BODY
(All 3 sets except 2 for the Situps)
3 x 20 Side Planks w. Twist & 10 lb. weight
3 x 1 min. Russian Twist w. 15 lbs. fast
2 x 10 Straight Back Situps SLOW to Vertical
3 x 1 min. Super Chickens
3 x 15 Tricep dips on bench with elevated legs
3 x 6 Full Pullups
|Sun||AM||MtB||overdistance: technical trails, gravel, sand and asphalt||2:41|
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.)
Did you know that you can actually find many roller skis on Amazon? I was a little surprised to even find a variety of binding choices, including NNN SNS and more for roller skiing.
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.
- First Woman: Kneissel Rendezvous Marathon, President's Cup Marathon, Ridge to River Iron Woman, and Muskoka Loppet
- Three-Time First Woman and First Mixed Team wins at Ski to Sea and Ridge to River relay races
- Second Woman at the Gatineau 25K Classic, Superior Ski Classic Marathon, Grand Marnier Cup Marathon, Yellowstone Rendezvous 25K and Pepsi Challenge 10K
- Third Woman at Payette Lakes Ski Marathon
- *U.S Nationals 26th of 41 Women All Age Classes in 20K Freestyle
- *U.S. Nationals 32nd Overall of 86 Women All Age Classes (3rd in Class F30-39) 25K Freestyle at Royal Gorge
- *U.S. Nationals 51st Woman All Age Classes 15K Classic at Lake Placid
- *U.S. Nationals (Masters-only race: ages 30 and up) 2nd Woman Overall (First in Class F 30-34) in 20K Classic at Royal Gorge .
- U.S. Masters Ski Association Nationals (30 and up) First Woman Overall 25K Freestyle race
- U.S. Masters Ski Association Nationals (30 and up) 6th Woman Overall in both the 10K and 20K Freestyle races
After moving to Lake Tahoe, Mary Kay won several Top 3 Woman finishes in Far West Cross Country Ski events. She joined U.S. Biathlon Association and won two consecutive years Overall Woman at the 10th Mountain Division Biathlon. She won Top Gun at the Washington State Biathlon Championships, out scoring all men and women. After moving to Marquette, Michigan she found that her two Birkebeiner finishes were also something to be proud of. These were 22nd and 29th Woman Overall (5th F35-39 both years). Currently Mary Kay is a member of Ishpeming Ski Club and frequent competitor in cross country ski races.