After Lake Placid camp the SMS T2 team settled back into a solid training rhythm around the Stratton area. Early fall in Vermont is a pretty incredible time, with training intensity starting to ramp up, night time temperatures dropping, and the leafs changing color to vibrant reds an oranges.
As we get closer to the racing season we have started replacing some of the longer distance workouts with shorter intensity sessions to build race fitness (aside from a little 100k roller ski you can read about here and here). One go to workout that skiers around the country rely on for that race gear is ski bounding. Having the mountain right next to school has been a great rescue for our L4 foot sessions.
In addition to increasing the amount of L4 in the schedule, we also start to up the amount and duration of speeds. Going fast for 15 seconds on skis is as important a skill to develop as having that sustainable race gear for 5 and 10 kilometers. Skiing is a both a power and endurance sport. Mixing in speed repeats during distance skis allows the athletes to access to power and muscle recruitment they need come race season.
Its hard to leave the East when the weather and training has been so productive but Park City in October is a tough venue to beat. The entire T2 is out in Utah now gearing up for our two week dry land camp in Park City followed by 10 days of on snow training for Canmore’s “Frozen Thunder”.
This afternoon was the first informal group session as the USST is finishing up a testing block before camp starts in earnest. The girls and guys skied the town loop around the COE and Park City.
Stay posted for more updates as we get rolling into training camp here in Park City!