Friday, October 31, 2008

October's Winter

Forget brisk days, peak fall colors, or a harvest moon this month. It was all about freezing temperatures, snow fall, and a white frozen orb up there. So it goes in Interior Alaska.

Your photojournalist in residence started off the ski season at the end of September on with the first picture of a couple of UAF skiers on snow -
No Pulitzer on the wings, but first is first.

By October 3, we had 3-4 inches on the ground and it has stayed. We now have about a foot of snow and have been skiing for a month already!

I've been out on skis 3-5 times a week for the past 4 weeks. Per usual, started out wobbly on sketchy snow, but it's slowly gotten better both technique wise and the conditions. I've done mostly skating but have made an effort to get out on classic skis at least once or twice a week. Usually I don't even think about intervals until the first or second week of November but signed up for a weekly training group and we started in with threshold intervals several weeks ago already. I've trained on my own through most of my career (save on year of college skiing and a year or two with an ad hoc training group back in Minnesota, some 12-13 years ago). We'll see how that goes!

Coaching the junior team starts up next week, so we're really into full swing already. So my schedule will look something like this for the winter:

Weekends - long ski and/or race-workout (time trials, intervals, threshold workouts).
During the week - I'll run 3X, and do 3-4 ski workouts.
Coaching - 2-3 days/week.

October, about 7 hr/week; November plans 8-10 hr/week. Decent but nothing huge.

To get through the winters here it's live to ski, ski to live.


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