APU skier Kikkan Randall (22) of Anchorage, Alaska is training well and making solid progress. She skied strong at the recent Continental cup series at Soldier Hollow and captured one second and two third places. She is a medal contender at any event at the 2005 US Nationals and has a good chance of making the team for the upcoming Worlds in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Skiing up the long, steep hill before the famous Hermod hill I asked what her heart-rate was and the answer was 162. Up Hermod Hill five minutes later it was 159. Her Max heart rate is 191.
Kikkan, how are you approaching these races?
– I went back to Alaska right after the continental Cup. I didn’t rest up much before the Continental cup races and trained through them. I have done 10-12 hours per week after the last race including one hard session and some speed. I haven’t done anything hard since I got here. I’m planning on doing all five races. The classic race, the sprint and the short skate race are my favorites.
You skied well at the Continental cup. Did you learn anything from those races that you might benefit from at Nationals?
– I need to pace myself better in tomorrow’s l5-kilometer skate race. I started a little too slow at the Continental Cup. I also leaned several tactical things in the sprint race that might come in handy for that event.
How are you training in the summer and fall?
– My highest weeks are 18-hours. I do up to three hard sessions per week and up to three weekly speed sessions. Our training is monitored through monthly treadmill lactate testing.
What’s your chance of making the Worlds team?
– My current ranking is pretty good, but I’m not sure how many women will be selected. The US women’s FIS points are lower than the men’s points so I might have to pay my own way if I qualify. The US team will pay for the eight skiers with the lowest (best) FIS points and at this point that’s all men.