Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one of the short but intense strength sessions that I did this summer and fall. These sessions were in addition to two aerobic sessions per day. Hopefully they’ll help me ski fast this winter! Huge thanks to Andrew Fast at La Sportiva for helping me put it together!
FasterSkier just published an episode of their Nordic Nation podcast about Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country. I honestly can’t believe that host Jason Albert managed to fill an hour entirely with fantasy content, but the episode is engaging and funny. Listen for some cameo appearances from Zach Caldwell and Kris Freeman. Find it here.
Also, Adam Mahar, who designed and operates the fantasy site, did a bunch of really interesting statistical analysis about predictability and nationality bias in last season’s fantasy picks. The graphs are amazing. Check them out here.
Lastly, fantasy team selection closes tomorrow for the opening weekend of World Cup racing. Don’t forget to finalize your team!
Here is the video from a classic intensity session I did this morning here in Ruka/Kuusamo, Finland. The session was supported by coach Matt Whitcomb. Today was only my second day on snow since September. The workout was 4 by 5 minutes at a very controlled pace. It was not designed to be hard, nor was it hard. I am doing more intensity tomorrow, but this whole week is about getting fully recovered from travel and ready to race a World Cup on Sunday.
After a long hiatus due to technical difficulties, I have recorded another episode of Acceleration, the official podcast of the U.S. Ski Team:
Hopefully we will be recording these regularly throughout the season!
An open letter,
As a person who travels internationally and represents the United States of America, the implications of the coming Trump presidency worry me. I fear being viewed through the lens that our president-elect represents, a lens of intolerance and nativism, divine privilege and arrogance. Rather, I’d like to be viewed through a lens of inclusivity, compassion and tolerance. Although I am an American, I do not stand with Trump when he diminishes our fellow humans, incites violence or belittles his critics.
Please understand that I, like so many of my fellow citizens, do not condone the devisiveness of our next president. I do not accept racism. I will not be misogynistic or sexist. I understand that human-caused climate change is an immediate threat to global stability. I prioritize peace. I believe in equal rights and equal protection for the LGBTQ+ community, the disabled community, and peoples of all nationalities, skin colors, socioeconomic statuses and education levels. I welcome immigrants. I believe in the right to worship and represent your religion in any way you see fit, as long as your actions don’t limit the ability of others to do the same. I honor our veterans and our relationships with our allies. Most of all, I dream of a world where every human is valued and has the opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Know that I acknowledge the division that has split our country, and I recognize that I come from a place of great privilege. I am working to understand the anger and pain, hopelessness and abandonment that so many of my fellow citizens feel. I recognize the need to heal deep and painful wounds and lift up those that are disenfranchised. I, as a U.S. citizen, acknowledge that our global and domestic actions have negatively affected so many lives. I will work to overcome the perils of globalism by finding progressive solutions.
I fear that I will be defined by the whims and tweets of our head of state. I simply ask for your understanding and reservation of judgement.
Yesterday afternoon I repeated the 15 kilometer classic roller ski time trial that I did with my teammates two weeks ago. I did the same course on the same roller skis in similar temperatures. It was an individual start race last time, so it worked well to repeat it even though I was alone yesterday.
The race was at Soldier Hollow and I was supported by U.S. Ski Team coach Matt Whitcomb.
In the first effort I did a great job of using my aerobic capacity, but I did it with tempo based skiing. I did not effectively use my power. Here is the heart rate graph from that first effort:
Video from the first effort is here:
My goal for yesterday’s effort was to ski with way more power and to focus on the flatter parts of the course that require more power. I successfully executed those goals. Consequently, I went almost 20 seconds faster. Interestingly, as I changed my focus, my aerobic effort looked and felt much less impressive. Here is a look at the heart rate data from yesterday’s race:
The heart rate profile does show that I have much better intensity based fitness than I did during the last effort because I am recovering much faster when the terrain permits. Here is the video from yesterday’s race:
(The text in the video is repeated several times. It is not correct until the last time it appears.)
With the change of focus, I also had better pacing. Here are my lap times from the first race:
Lap 1: 10:07
Lap 2: 10:08
Lap 3: 10:22
Lap 4 (half lap): 6:38
Lactate: 13.9 mmol
And here are the times from yesterday’s race:
Lap 1: 10:10
Lap 2: 10:11
Lap 3: 10:06
Lap 4 (half lap): 6:30
Lactate: 10.0 mmol
I am very happy with the changes I made from the first race to the second. I want to carry the lessons I learned through to the season, and I am excited to test it on snow against a World Cup field.
The only way we can continue to achieve our loftier and loftier goals is by continuing to rely on the NNF. Thank you for continuing to support the NNF and for having such a huge impact on our nation’s success.
I am super psyched to announce the return of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! Again I’ve been working with programmer Adam Mahar to get the site ready to go for the 2016-17 World Cup season! In addition, I have brought in Muffy Roy to help me with the marketing and day-to-day management of the site.
We have made some exciting upgrades for this winter including a new Concept2 Team Challenge in which the winning team will receive a top of the line SkiErg from Concept2. We also have developed a new platform for the Lahti 2017 World Championships in which you will be able to select athletes for each race rather than a single team of athletes for the entire event.
All of last year’s sponsors of the league are back for this season plus new additions including Discrete Clothing, NiteRider Lights, L.L. Bean, Gear West and Canadian WinterSports. All of our great sponsors mean we have a ridiculous prize list, which you can check out here.