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Justin Freeman is a US Olympian in cross-country skiing. He races for the Saab Salomon Factory Team – http://www.skipost.com Level five, which I wrote about in my last article, is about improving race performance by working at a higher pace. Level three, which improves racing by working at a lower pace, is the natural complement to this training. Physiologically, the major goal of level three training is to improve lactate threshold. Your lactate threshold is...

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Justin Freeman is a US Olympian in cross-country skiing. He races for the Saab Salomon Factory Team – http://www.skipost.com Levels One and Two Skiers talk a lot about training levels, usually numbering them one through five, but, if my experience over the past decade and a half is any indication, truly understanding when and how to use the various levels is rare. This is the first in a three-part article about proper use of the...