Resurrected from the dead

Unfortunately, no matter how you try and avoid it getting sick happens to all of us. I spent most of last week KO’ed in bed. Despite the excellent care of fellow farmers Beth, Noah, Wyatt, and Gus, I still managed to lose 10 pounds and am just getting back into the rhythm of training this weekend. As anxious as I am to get back into full on butt kicking training mode, it’s important to make sure my body is actually ready to take in the training. Credit to Jeff Schloss for the rule of waiting to do intensity until 3 days after you start feeling good i.e. actually working out when you have been really sick.

On a more upbeat note, I’m unbelievably excited for our trip to the West Yellowstone ski festival. Even more exciting is the trip to the Supertours in Bozeman myself, Beth, Coach Ben, and some of the juniors (Patrick, Katrin, and ???) Few things about this trip are certain other than it will be buckets binders of fun, I will probably lose any facial hair growing competition, and there will be a lot of skiing. Words can hardly describe my anticipation. . .

Race Season Peaking and Goals

The biggest goal I have for this upcoming race season is to race in the Birkie. The only thing is registration is full and I haven’t signed up yet. A new rule this year gives free race entry into the Elite Wave of the Birkie to the top 30 men and women in the Supertour points standings. Supetours include West Yellowstone, U.S. Senior Nationals, and Supertour Finals (hosted here in Truckee!). Points are awarded to skiers who finish in the top 30 of a supertour, the higher you place the more points you score. This is a pretty solid goal considering I’ve only ever scored 11 supertour points and I’ll need at least 80 to make the top 30, but I’ve been putting in the hours and workouts to do so.

In addition to training a bunch, I’ve also been working with my coaches to make sure my peak racing ability comes at the most opportune time for reaching my goals. Quite consistently over the last three years I have first reached my peak racing shape during the 3rd week of January. However, most of the Supertours I will be going to happen before the first week in January. So the question is how do you shift your racing peak almost a month sooner? Accomplishing this is still a work in progress, but essentially involves looking back at my training logs over the last couple years and identifying which workouts (and races) helped bring me into peak shape. Then we move these workouts sooner in the training schedule.


In other news a lot of people have put in some serious hours getting the Tahoe Donner XC courses ready for Supertour Finals here in Truckee the first week in April. 

Here is a section by a culvert the ASC and SBA junior teams widened considerably through adding mountains of rocks on either side.

And a brand new trail hand cut buy volunteers leading out of what will be a great stadium.

Fall is for. . .

FAST: With the race season starting seem not that far away, we are building more and more intensity into our training program. Typically I’ve been doing 2 to 3 intensity workouts a week with some solid level 4 efforts. Beth Taylor and myself have been getting in Glenn Jobe’s infamous 5×5 workout once a month as well as a trip down to Colfax or the little town of Washington for some low elevation intervals every other week.

FUEL: After workouts, especially intervals, having some kind of post-workout snack/meal is key for a full recovery. Tacos Jalisco’s is usually my fuel of choice, however, packing your own recovery snack can be fun and tasty too. Below are fajitas and chocolate milk, kept cool in a thermos, YUM.

FUN: What would roller skiing be without some kind of shenanigans? Here we are piloting a revolutionary device to help minimize road rash during rollerski accidents.

and FOLIAGE?: Well I guess fall foliage is the one thing I’ll miss out on after moving to Truckee from the northeast, but a quick look at the weather forecast back home makes it seem worthwhile.