The second of FasterSkier’s annual three-camp series, designed to aid skiers at any level, was held September 11-14 in Park City, Utah. Snowy mountain-peaks made a great backdrop, and cool, sunny mornings and warm 75F afternoons made it an ideal fall-training environment.
Participation was up from the June camp and the “campers” included athletes from the middle of the pack age group skiers, women in the top 15 overall in last years Birkie, a Category 1 bike racer and top age group skier, a former National Team member rower and a Master National Cross-Country Champion.
Quality Training and Lactate Testing
The main focus at this fairly intensive fall camp is to improve the participants’ understanding of good versus bad (or close to worthless) quality training (we define quality training as interval sessions, pace and time-trials). We discuss, lecture and explain the reasons behind correct intensity, duration and choice of terrain for the quality sessions, as well as in the sessions leading up to them.
Following the lectures we practice these sessions on rollerskis and foot where the focus is proper heart rates and intensity zones – we want “our” skiers to start easy and then increase the effort. We measure and look for decreasing times, and increasing heart rates and blood lactate levels through the duration of the session.