The Ironwood camp is rapidly approaching and I am excited to train with the team again but I also greatly enjoy training by myself. In order to be a successful skier I think you need to like training alone in the forest or on a quiet stretch of road. I think the hardest part is simply getting out the door and down the driveway. I my case the following scene greets me and makes it all the easier.
I also enjoy the simplicity of doing every thing at home. I leave most workouts directly from my house and even lift in the garage and yard.
I am currently enjoying a rest week before heading up to Ironwood on Monday for a CXC Team Vertical Limit training camp. I have found that an enormous difference in my training so far with CXC has been my ability to properly rest, recover and thereby optimizing training. Previous years I have worked 40 hours a week in the summer and been heavily focused on school during the rest of the year. With training now as the main focus I am really seeing myself improve. Big weeks are bigger and rest weeks are only slightly smaller then a week when I was busy with school. Knowing that proper rest is paramount I am still not one to sit idly around when I am not training. One reason I enjoy skiing is because I enjoy working hard and seeing the fruits of my labors. I enjoy putting on old cloth and really getting to work. I am currently clearing buckthorn, a non-native invasive tree, from my neighbor woods. I enjoy tromping over there with a chainsaw on off days and really seeing some progress. I find that when done smartly and in moderation such work leaves me feeling better then if I simply sat around all day (the financial benefit is also a nice plus).