August 5th, 2009
This week is our third testing sequence of the summer. We typically run 4 tests to review the training effects of the last period. Test one is Skate power, test 2 is double pole power, test 3 is aerobic measure, and test 4 is body status and overall fitness with pole bounding. We started this sequence a few years ago and it is proving to be a great way to monitor and balance training. The test sequence enables our staff to closely monitor each athlete with lab style accuracy. The test is all done in the field on specific courses so testing is accomplished without having to make a break in training. Training is always the most important. Our goal for July was to improve base fitness. Testing and observation show early summer training to be a success!
To polish off the week APUNSC is co-hosting the traditional “Potter Hill Climb”. Nearly every elite skier who has traveled through Anchorage has put a time on the course, so it is always a good measuring stick heading into the fall.
Next week the APU Elite Team is back to our Summer ski facility on Eagle Glacier for another round of volume and Swix KR60. Stay tuned!