Keep it Up

Training in this time of the season is rough. Snowy km’s are hard to come by and traveling to the snow on a regular basis can be really tough. How to stay in shape during this awkward phase? Here’s a few ideas:

Swimming: Playing (basketball/water polo) in the shallow end with feet off the floor requires a lot of core strength

Bounding for technique or cardio fitness: It never fails to amaze me that I can max out in 2 minutes and go hardly anywhere. Or maybe that’s a bad sign . . .

Core strength: All the regular pushups, bicycle crunches, and dips. Tuck jump with a 1-2-3 count in the tuck position and do the superman trunk flex while tossing a ball between partners.

Trail running: I spent all of June wondering when the snow would melt so I could train for the upcoming trail runs. The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest trails are still wide open. Get the most out of your running shoes while you still can. But you’ll need the hat, windbreaker, and gloves.

And no matter what, keep the excitement and focus up. When the snow does arrive, there will no time to catch up and get into racing shape.

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About Michael

I am running, skiing, and exploring the Sierra Nevada. I first learned to ski at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I returned to Los Angeles to work for two fire seasons on the Little Tujunga Hotshot Crew (USFS). This is my second winter in Tahoe.