USSA Olympic Medalists

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.

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We also made lunch in the athlete kitchen.

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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.

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These are the latest additions to the dozens of other portraits of every U.S. Olympic Medalist in a USSA discipline.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The indoor workouts are some of the most mentally challenging for me. These portraits definitely help keep me motivated.

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5 thoughts on “USSA Olympic Medalists

  1. Great post Noah! Those portraits are my favorite part of the COE as well. Motivates me to kick butt at my job too. There’s probably only one guy in the building who would like to see a portrait hung of an XC skier as much as me (Luke). Would be amazing! Keep working hard! See ya around.

  2. I presume you mean “ski skinning”, (i.e. Back Country, Alpine Touring ) not skinning after a success hunt for wild game? (Smile)

  3. Loved this post, keep working hard kid. Call me when you are in NYC, believe it or not we have hills here, Nice chunky ones, 13% grade. I roll over em in stand up spike and would be happy to show that to you. SUS® is really a fantastic cross train for DP. Trust me on this. You and everyone will come to realize it. I am just getting into Nordic now. From what those in the know tell me Nordic is not climbing DP for 5 km straight. SUS® allows for this as there is a rest on each switch side, however the spiking arm is in the exact same position as when DP’ing , so too core. I am pretty sure it can help your training kid. People denied skate ski, funny right? How the hell did that happen? Innovation happens lad, SUS® is massive cross training and commuting for Nordic ski. $1000 for anybody beats me up Bear MTN in stand up. If you think you can do it in DP.. hey more power to you… I’d be happy to write you a $1000 check. Only I have this funny feeling, not totally sure, but I think SUS® stroke beats double poling up 5 km. So much so that even a 50 year old using it could out shine a world class skier with it. But that is all not even the point. The point is SUS® can produce massive power in many ways and in many people that normally may never have gotten into Nordic Movements. I know you are gofunding for your tech to get over seas. I’ll give you a tip. Jump on board with SUSOIX® with a sponsor contract and make money helping produce SUS® and Core out Your Door™ and no more begging on go fund me. SUS® is not going any place and SUSOIX® is seeking world cup athletes. Call us, we are very friendly and want what is best for you. Never forget the history of skate ski. Sad history and really no need to repeat it. SUS® and Spikeboarding™ will be here way past your time here on earth. They are progressive and as certain as skate ski and Sunday and January. Join in and have fun.

  4. “$1000 for anybody beats me up Bear MTN in stand up”

    Noah, you can fund the rest of your techs trip!

  5. Hello Noah, because I’m such a great supporter, I would like to join you on one of your workouts. Let’s see, I think that Saturday pm slot works for me.
    Molly. And, your welcome.

  6. Dear Noah!
    We are from Sochi, Russia!
    And we are very proud that you are in your blog so well and wrote about our city, and past Olympics.
    As a gift, we want to convey to you personally, and the entire U.S. team – our gift – a cartoon that Sochi school-pupils prepared for the participants and guests of the Olympiad It has English subtitles 🙂
    We will be glad if you enjoy the cartoon, and you show it to your friends

    Animation studio HAPPY BABY

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