Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October Training Update

October has been all about building fitness and preparing for snow in November, and races in December.

Sean has had me on a well-organized 'build' which involves a lot of running, riding and roller-skiing.  I am still swimming two to three times a week on average, but skipping if I need the sleep, or if my arms and shoulders are tired from roller-skiing/double poling workouts.  I am putting in about 13-18 hours/week over the last few weeks - which, at the upper end, approaches the limit of what I can fit into my life.   

Innovative Fitness and my trainers, Rob and Daryl, have been extremely helpful - making sure I don't neglect the less exciting aspects of training - full-body strength, stretching, core work etc.  Rob also joins me for a workout or two every week which is nice.

I feel pretty strong and fit these days though I am concerned about my lack of actual skiing on snow.  The time I have between first snowfall and first race is short to say the least.  This is causing nervousness for me - which I don't usually suffer from.

I have one more FUN event before I really have to bury my head in ski training.  Haney 2 Harrison (November 8th) is a 100km road relay.  Teams of 8 compete for the title.  Each leg of the event is between 8 and 15km and they vary in profile....  Our team from IF West Vancouver looks pretty stellar, and we hope to lay a beat-down on the Kits and White Rock IF locations.  AND H2H is on a Saturday which means that "Team Celebrations" post-race can be a little more "intense" so to speak.  I'm guessing that it should be one of the more fun events all year.

I am toying with fitting in another 10km or half-marathon before H2H but it will be a last minute decision and more of a training event if I decide to do it.

I hope your training is going well and your goals are within sight.  Cheers.

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Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Snow? Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! I'm not much for snow if you can't tell. ;-)

Good luck with the relay. We have one here in March and it sounds like a lot of fun. I might have to hook up with a team.

Keep up the great training.

MJ said...

I like relays.... it isn't too often you get to compete as part of a team in these individual sports. Put together a team for the relay in March.... you'll have a blast.