I am SORE today! Yesterday was my first real training day of the year. It was all upper body based (with a two hour double pole and strength), and now I can barely lift my arms.
My training plan for the first several weeks is way more specific than I am used to this time of year. Here’s what I’m looking at for the first week of training, beginning yesterday.
- Wed. a.m.: Outdoor Double Pole on Roller Skis
- Wed. p.m.: Strength
- Thurs. a.m.: Treadmill Classic Technique Roller Skis
- Thurs. p.m.: Treadmill Skate Technique Roller Skis
- Fri. a.m.: Mountain Bike and Roller Board
- Fri. p.m.: Strength
- Sat. a.m.: Outdoor Double Pole on Roller Skis
- Sat. p.m.: Off
- Sun. a.m.: Run and Roller Board
- Sun. p.m.: Road Bike
- Mon. a.m.: Strength
- Mon. p.m.: Treadmill Classic Technique Roller Skis
- Tues. a.m.: Treadmill Skate Technique Roller Skis
- Tues. p.m.: Outdoor Double Pole on Roller Skis
I’m a little bummed not to have very many sessions where I get to do the training methods that I really enjoy. (Those would be trail running, mountain biking and skinning.) However, I do not believe my general fitness and leg strength will be a limiting factor next year. They never have been in the past. I believe this plan, which is designed to address my weaknesses, will help me reach my goals next season.
The classic technique work on the treadmill this morning went well. I started off with a couple of dry-land activities including a static plank core exercise, arm and leg swings, a kick-double pole imitation drill and some weighted arm pull-downs to work on a good arm position for a powerful poling motion. I then moved to the treadmill where I did kick-double pole technique without poles for an hour. I then picked up one pole, without a strap on it, and continued doing kick-double pole for the remainder of the session. (I posted my technique coach Zach Caldwell’s thoughts on my technique yesterday.)
Because I am getting back on the treadmill this afternoon, I decided to stay here in the middle of the day to get some work done (like writing this blog). The resources at the Center of Excellence are incredible. Here’s Emilia working studiously in the athlete study room.
We also made lunch in the athlete kitchen.
Next week chef Allen starts up his summer cooking routine. He makes delicious hot lunches every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition, there is a sandwich bar every day of the week. It’s one of the awesome perks of being on the U.S. Ski Team.
Also, the new Sochi medalist portraits have been hung in the gym.
These are the latest additions to the dozens of other portraits of every U.S. Olympic Medalist in a USSA discipline.
They are one of the most motivating things in the gym. I dream of seeing my picture in the set of portraits from 2018 in PyeongChang.
Of course, there is only one cross country skier among these portraits, Bill Koch from the 1976 Games in Innsbruck. It’s cool to think that Sophie Caldwell was SO close to being among the batch from this year.
Working out in this gym has given me the opportunity to get to know many of these medalists. They are just normal people who work diligently and intelligently. It’s not magic, and I believe I can also achieve Olympic success.
The indoor workouts are some of the most mentally challenging for me. These portraits definitely help keep me motivated.