Yesterday afternoon I did my hottest training session of the summer. U.S. Ski Team men’s coach Jason Cork and I drove down to Salt Lake City, and it was 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius) when I got out of the car to start my warm up.
Yesterday afternoon I had a three and a half hour double pole workout. I don’t normally do afternoon sessions that are that long because I would generally do my long sessions in the morning. However, my strength coach Tschana Schiller is returning from maternity leave and is only around in the mornings, so I scheduled my strength workout with her for the first session and did the long double pole in the afternoon. My energy was pretty good, and I was psyched to be joined by my teammate Liz Stephen for a couple hours in the middle of the session.
My second session yesterday was an hour and forty five minute mountain bike ride followed by a set on the roller board. I treasure every opportunity I get to mountain bike because they have been few and far between this summer. I rode by the activity center at the base of Park City Mountain Resort (which, as I mentioned yesterday, was acquired by Vail Resorts two days ago), and I couldn’t believe the crowds.
Yesterday afternoon I did a classic roller ski speed session on the treadmill. I have done the session several times over the last two months, and I am definitely improving. Some of the speeds are max striding efforts where intern Hans Fischer continually increases the speed of the treadmill until I can no longer stride and have to switch to double pole technique. (Once yesterday I wasn’t able to double pole fast enough before Hans could slow the treadmill down and I got thrown off the back. I didn’t break myself or any equipment.) When I first started the max speeds in early July I couldn’t go past 14.5 mph. Yesterday I got to 15.2 mph twice.
The entire session is done with the treadmill set to 5% grade. To change the grade Hans presses the up arrow or down arrow buttons. It is measured to the 100th of a percent but it jumps by large amounts each time the arrow is pushed. In dozens of hours spent controlling the treadmill, Hans had never hit his goal grade exactly. Yesterday he did it. He had to take a picture to mark the occasion.
Yesterday afternoon I had a great two hour double pole session. Emilia and I were both feeling very unmotivated in the middle of the day. She also had a workout, an hour road bike ride, and we procrastinated till 5:30. Because of the slow afternoon I was expecting to feel sluggish, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a beautiful evening.
Yesterday was my recovery day and I had the afternoon off of training. Emilia and I went to the Farmer’s Market for lunch. I didn’t know that the market has prepared food. It was delicious.
When I started this website over two years ago, my coach Zach Caldwell told me I couldn’t possibly produce enough content to blog daily. He said I would quickly run out of things to say. For the most part I have proven him wrong. In general it isn’t hard to come up with content. I have unique experiences and see unique things every day, and it’s fun to photograph and share them here.
However this week I don’t have much to blog about. I’m home in Park City for the first time in a while, the focus of my training is transitioning from volume to intensity but the workouts are pretty standard and Emilia and I are trying to simplify our lives and have more quiet days and quiet evenings.
Yesterday morning I did a new strength program from my coach Tschana Schiller. As I mentioned after my body comp and strength evaluation last week, I am refocusing on strength for the time remaining till the race season. The new program is very similar to the program I did in May and June when I made big strength gains. It feels good to be lifting heavy weight again.
Yesterday afternoon I did a workout I’ve never done before, skate roller ski speeds on the treadmill. The session is modeled after a classic treadmill speed session I’ve been doing for a couple of months. Similar to the classic session, all I’m trying to do during the skate speeds is keep up with the treadmill. I’m trying to keep it as easy as possible without going off the back. I’m trying to keep it smooth and narrow the V of my skis so my tempo can stay low and so I’ve got a lot to push on, plenty of traction.
Because I’m nervous about falling off the back, I’m not doing max speeds. Instead, I’m going to a high pace (17 mph) and holding it for 90 seconds. Here’s a video from yesterday’s session:
I had a whirlwind fun weekend with my family in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Yesterday morning we woke up early and drove north over Galena Summit into the Salmon River Valley.
Emilia and I drove from Park City to Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday afternoon. We have a tradition on road trips of using the restaurant review service Yelp to find a good place to eat in a city on our route. We then call ahead and order take out. We were a little skeptical of the appearance as we pulled up to the place we ordered from yesterday.