TrainingThe Double Pole Machine

FasterSkierOctober 15, 2004

The last month has been a tough one. Instead of cranking up the intensity to get ready for the race season, which is only 7 weeks away, I have been trying to nurse a knee back into shape. I have one of those injuries that require only one thing, and being an athlete with a goal, a plan, a lot invested, and just too much energy, that one thing is really difficult to find: PATIENCE.

It has been diagnosed as several different things, but the bottom line is, I haven’t been able to run, skate rollerski, or bike for the last month. What does that leave? That’s right… double poling. I was a pretty good at double poling to begin with but now I feel strong. I guess that can be expected when the workouts over the last month have been upper body focused.

Photo by Bruce Adelsman of

All in all the last month is not a loss. I would like to go over and do the Swedish Vasa again after training like this, but that was not in the plans for this winter. If I am ready for normal training by the end of the month I will be fine. Being patient is the hardest thing for me to do right now.

I’ll let you know how things are progressing and when I’m back to normal training, if what I do you can even call normal.

Train on and stay healthy,

Chad Giese is a member of the Subaru Factory Team. In 2004, he won the Mora Vasaloppet and the City of Lakes Loppet, finished third overall in the Super Tour and had a third place finish in the 30K Classic at US Nationals.

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