TrainingSkiing Through a Microscope: Physiology Testing with the U.S. Ski Team

FasterSkierOctober 17, 2006

Just as rollerskiing simulates skiing, physiology testing replicates, in isolated fashion, the demands of ski racing. For the third and final time this season the US National Sprint, Distance and Continental Cup teams came to Utah for poking, prodding and measurement. According to the USST sport science and coaching staff, fitness, speed and strength continue a positive trajectory.

Pete Vordenberg getting his golf on at Lake Placid’s Bushwood Country Club. (Andrew Johnson photo).

Day one of testing camp included blood draws and max speed velocity testing. A skate Vo2 max treadmill test highlighted day two, followed by a day of distance training. Day four centered on core, flexibility and max strength testing. The weekend highlight is the 8km classic time trial for the ladies and a 12km classic test for the men, minus Chris Cook, Andrew Newell and Torin Koos. The three sprinters head to Europe on Tuesday, in preparation for the World Cup opener in Dusseldorf, Germany (October 28 & 29).

Could it be an even faster, fitter Kikkan Randall in 2007? Randall pushing hard at 14

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