XCFeedsSilver Star: Day 3

FasterSkier FasterSkierNovember 17, 2011

Yesterday was a great day on the trails. It seems that after a summer of heavy aerobic training I can acclimate quite a bit quicker than in the past. I got out the door early because it looked a bit stormy, and headed up Paradise Trail to find a steep hill for some sprints. I was a bit curious to see how I’d feel after all the skiing so far, but once I found a good spot and started the sprints I felt GREAT. Here was the workout:

6x :20sec hill sprints: Steep hill, classic striding/running with 2min rest
6x :20sec flat sprints: Flat to rolling terrain, 3x striding, 3x double pole with 2min rest

I’ve come to find that the rest in between each effort is really key. These aren’t about any kind of endurance or aerobic training, and the more explosive you can be in each one the more benefit you’ll get. As a consequence, allowing your body to completely recover and those FT fibers to “reload” so to speak, is necessary.

I was more tired last evening; a blizzard moved in and made the evening ski a bit more of an adventure. I had wanted to get to the top of the mountain and ski some of the alpine runs but I actually lost the trail several times on the way up due to the mounting snow and massive wind which obliterated any form of tracks. I opted against the downhill idea and stuck to the lower trails. It was just as well, because I was exhausted last night and could barely keep my eyes open for some quality time with molecular orbitals and VSEPR theory.

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