Training Log: fossil
In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||XC-ski-classic||2|| 2:36:00|
| ||XC-ski-freestyle||2|| 1:23:00|
| ||Strength||1|| 35:00|
| ||Run||1|| 31:00|
| ||XC-ski-double-poling||1|| 25:00|
| ||Erging||1|| 15:00|
| ||Total||6|| 5:45:00|
XC-ski-double-poling 25:00 
shoes: Madshus Nanosonic skate
Testing new skis .vs. old and new poles .vs. old. In 50 F sunshine as the snow was turning to mush. I meant to get out to do this earlier but a panic situation at work demanded my attention all morning.
Interestingly the newer skis seem to go like rockets compared to the old, despite the mushy snow which I would have expected the softer skis to win in.
The poles... well the newer poles are clearly better at driving forward. However there is also time to be lost in things like handling the map, handling anything else like a drink, etc. With the pole grip stuck between my thumb and fingers, poling does come a bit easier but other tasks are a pain. It's no wonder the biathletes don't bother with these grips. For ski-O I could see it going either way depending on how much other stuff has to happen. Things like skis off and skis back on taking a lot longer, map exchanges, refreshments, etc. Having the map receiving time cut down from a minute to just a few seconds before start does not make the new style pole straps attractive.
I will put the bigger baskets on them for the weekend and I will bring both sets of poles and continue to think about it. The ultimate for ski-O is probably biathlon straps on new pole shafts with larger old-style baskets for soft snow.
shoes: Peltonen Supra skate
Yellow Barn. Some snowmobile trails and crust cruising in open farm fields.
shoes: Madshus WC Supraflex 234 Skate
Lapland Lake. Mid-A BK Festival day 2. Today was skate day. Colder so no wax challenges. Not a lot of skiing for me today. I skied a couple laps of the race course with Nathan early to check out the conditions. Very icy in some spots where the groomer didn't adequately till the surface after yesterday's warm sun hit it and then it froze overnight. We talked about how to handle those areas at race speed. During the race Rylan, who started 30 secs after Nathan, caught up to him on the first lap and then apparently fell on one of the icy spots and fell behind. He caught back up and they traded leading for a while until Rylan fell in the same spot again, this time worse. Nathan beat him to the line but not by 30 secs. Meanwhile Eric caught and passed them both for the win. Excellent pacing by Eric who started out steady and then sped up.
After a break there was a sprint elimination tournament on a very short loop. Good interval practice for the kids with a short mandatory uphill dp section at the beginning but not a lot of actual skiing.
Then after lunch was the "family fun relay" which was 4 legs around a different loop that was longer than the sprint loop but considerably shorter than the morning race course. Nathan and Abby organized an RXCSF team with Liam and me. They skied the first 2 legs and were planning for Liam to ski 3rd and me 4th, but Liam had not returned from the rest room by the time Abby came in, so I moved up to 3rd and quickly drafted one of the club moms, Rachel, to go 4th. Abby tagged me, I did my lap, passing a couple of teams on the uphill, and then came in for the tag to find Rachel and Liam both waiting. Hmm... thinking quickly... better tag the kid. The mom will take rejection better than the 12-year-old (I hope). She did. She was drafted so quickly she didn't even know who she was subbing for. We ended up 1st ahead of a team of 12 to 14 year old Polar Bears.
shoes: Madshus TXC 232 classic dry
Lapland Lake. Mid-A Bill Koch Youth Ski Festival. Today was classic race day. The challenge was getting kick wax that worked. The day started out easy with some fresh snow in the tracks and mid-20's temp, with Toko Red or anything else Blue working just fine. Then it started warming up and then the sun came out of the clouds and it started warming up even faster, just as the races were beginning. By the time Nathan's age group started he was on Swix VR70, which fortunately continued to work throughout his 4 laps. Had it been any later we would probably have been on klister. My morning was spent trying progressively softer waxes on my skis and going up and down the hill testing them.
Then after lunch I was in charge of handing out maps for the ski-O and explaining it to kids who hadn't done it before. Somewhat surprising to me was that probably half of those who tried it had already done it somewhere before and knew what to do.
Even more surprising was when Greg Balter skied by in a DVOA jersey and shouted "Hi Mitch".
shoes: Brooks Dyad 6
Strength 35:00 
Leg press - 3 x 20 at 130 lb
Leg extensions - 3 x 12 at 90 lb
Leg curls - 3 x 20 at 80 lb
some abs, delts
3 x 10 dips with 115 lb assistance
1 x 10 + 1 x 6 chin ups with 115 lb assistance
shoes: Madshus TXC 232 classic dry
Beam Hill. This was supposed to be an easy recovery day after beating myself up skating last night. Well, groomed tracks, bright sunshine, and Dan having already skied around and flattened all the sharp crystals in the tracks to speed them up conspired to make it hard to ski easy. I ended up doing several speeds and mostly keeping things easy in between.
Wax was a bit interesting. Initially I thought the Swix green from the other day would be fine since the temp was about 15 when I started. But that was way too slick so I added some Rode Blau. That was better but still a bit slick. Not having thought to bring the Super Blue out with me I just added a couple more layers of Blau and that was "good enough". I didn't seem to be quite keeping up with Dan when he was dp-ing so maybe it was too thick, or maybe I just needed a layer of something softer underneath the Blau.
- Mar 14 [0w, 2d]: Y - US Ski-O Championships
- Mar 21 [1w, 2d]: ? - Run Black Diamond
- Apr 4 [3w, 2d]: Y - OCIN Flying Pig XVIII / US Interscholastic Champs
- Apr 6 [3w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Genesee Country Village Nature Center Regular Meet
- Apr 12 [4w, 3d]: Y - West Point A-meet
- Apr 19 [5w, 3d]: ? - ROC - Webster Park West / Whiting Road Regular Meet
- Apr 25 [6w, 2d]: ? - NAOC2014 SML training weekend
- Apr 26 [6w, 3d]: ? - 2014 US Relay Champs and Intercollegiate Champs
- May 10 [8w, 3d]: ? - ROC - Oatka Creek Park Regular Meet
- May 11 [8w, 4d]: ? - 36th Annual Billygoat Run
- Jun 22 [14w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Mendon Park
- Jul 13 [17w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Powder Mills Park
- Aug 2 [20w, 3d]: Y - 2014 Canadian Champs
- Aug 2 [20w, 3d]: ? - Gold Rush - EVENT CANCELED
- Aug 9 [21w, 3d]: ? - 2014 US Classic Champs, RMOC
- Aug 16 [22w, 3d]: ? - ROC - Highland Park
- Sep 7 [25w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Mendon Park
- Sep 21 [27w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Cobbs Hill - National Orienteering Day
- Oct 3 [29w, 2d]: Y - 2014 US Nationals
- Oct 10 [30w, 2d]: Y - NAOC2014 (North American Champs/Ottawa O-Fest)
- Oct 25 [32w, 3d]: Y - Mt Lakes in the fall
- Nov 1 [33w, 3d]: ? - WMOC 2014
- Nov 15 [35w, 3d]: ? - ROC - Powder Mills Park Night-O
- Jan 18, 2015 [44w, 4d]: ? - ROC - Mendon Ponds Park - Ski-O / Winterfest
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