Training Week February 5 - 11
So I'll be heading into the three marathons feeling very fit. I didn't quite get the higher volume (several 10 - 12 hr weeks) this year, but was extremely consistent at 8 or 9 hr/week for most of the past two or three months. Feel fit, healthy, and just want to have some fun out there anyway.
Monday 1 hr ski, classic (very easy)
Tuesday - 1 hr ski, skating, including 8-10 bursts of 15 - 20 seconds for acceleration; include double pole up White Bear hill (big climb)
Wednesday - 2:00 ski, skating, with 1:10 at 30-50k pace (~3.5 min/km), snow was a little slow and it was very windy
Thursday - rest
Friday - easy ski 50 min, classic
Saturday - 5 min warmup; 9k snowshoe race, with 3k laps of 15:40, 15:10, and 14:57, plus start and finish for final time of 46:47, for 1st OA (that's two wins in a row for snowshoe racing--the last one was in 2005--ought to quit while on a streak); 10 min cool down. That was tiring! Coolest part of the day, the family did the 3k portion and came in 1,2,4!
Sunday - 2.5 hr ski (skating) at UAF. Easy effort for about 1:50 to 2:00, then we pushed moderate to hard for about 30 min. Jammed my elbow twice, so I'll skip skiing today. Went for family ski in the afternoon, where we did 10k classic on White Bear Loop. That's the longest the kids have skied at one time and it's a very tough loop.