Not so fast! Before you bask in the bliss of a rest week after a lot of volume training, the WinSport Junior Team recommends some intensity to flush the legs out. They recently did their workout, dubbed the ‘Early Morning Pain Train,’ at 6:45 a.m. the day after an altitude training camp.
Athletes will likely no longer face the testing at Olympic Games. The decision has few other implications for skiing, which has not had occasion to do gender testing for several years: “Should it be necessary to arrange a gender verification… then the Olympic Movement rules would be applicable,” FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis told FasterSkier.
The Stratton Mountain School (SMS) high-school team recently wrapped up a mini camp, with the Vertical Challenge as its pinnacle workout. Program director Sverre Caldwell picked a “gnarly” combo of biking, rollerskiing and running with a lot of vertical gain. “We said, we want you to go hard,” he explains.
Ekaterina Iourieva will serve a four-year ban on top of the eight-year ban she is already serving; Irina Starykh will see one year added to her existing two-year ban. Both had already tested positive on other occasions. First-time offender Alexander Loginov has been banned for two years, ending in November 2016.
The Norwegian men aren’t psyched about traveling to North America for World Cups next season, saying that World Championships afterwards are more important. Max Cobb, the head of the IBU’s Technical Committee, points out that there are two and a half weeks of free training time before World Champs. For the Norwegians, that might not be enough.
Emotional intelligence – how one perceives, understands, and manages emotions – can give athletes better coping strategies, more motivation, and the potential to be a team leader. Even on the recreational side of things, emotional intelligence is associated with the difference between inactivity and a healthy engagement with exercise. The good news is, you can train it.