Kris Freeman About Last Season, Training Adjustments And The Upcoming World Cup and Olympics In Torino
The 2004-05 World Cup season did not go as Kris Freeman had hoped for. The World Championships in Germany were disappointing, but he still managed to show glimpses of his potential in post Worlds races and signaled that better things are yet to come. His training is going well; he is feeling good and seems ready to challenge the Worlds best skiers. FasterSkier.com asked him some questions.
Kris, far left, finishing 6th in Toblach
How has your summer training been going?
I traveled to Park City from New Hampshire a few weeks before the New Zealand camp to acclimatize. My focus there as it has been all year was on easy volume. In
New Zealand I trained 82 hours in 24 days, 77 of which were skiing on snow. I raced three times. The first was a pursuit that I was leading by 40 seconds only 5k in. However I made a wrong turn and lost 3 minutes before I made it back on the course. The second was a 15k classic time-trial that the entire US Ski Team participated in. I won by 1:47. I was very happy with this effort. The last race was a 35k mass start skate that I won by several minutes. I was able to race this well, while training about 25 hours a week so I was very pleased with my fitness level. Since returning from New Zealand I have been resting and training lightly in preparation for an intensity camp at Lake Placid starting September 11th.
What's you strategy for the upcoming December World Cup races in Canada?
– My strategy is to come into the races very rested and show the Euros what its like to race across seas by kicking their asses.
What distances are you focusing on in the 2006 Olympics in Torino?
– My primary focus is on the 15k classic but I will also race the pursuit and relay.
If I have anything left I will race the 50k skate as well which is the last race at the Olympics.
Thanks Kris, and good luck this season.