LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — On the final day of the U.S. Ski Team’s two-week dryland camp, several skiers headed to the hills at Mt. Van Hoevenberg for the first of two workouts on Friday. The morning session entailed Level 3 ski running/bounding for 45 to 60 minutes on loops up and around Van Ho’s infamous Russian Hill. Most athletes completed three to four continuous laps, doing their best to stay within the Level 3 threshold the whole time.
“It’s a workout we’ve been doing more of this year,” USST men’s coach Jason Cork explained. “It’s kind of a longer of Level 3 rather than, say, six by eight-minute [intervals], [we’re] doing by one by 45. They usually get like low-Level 4, high-Level 3 on the uphills and drop down to Level 2-ish on the downhills. It kind of simulates a regular race.”
USST veteran Liz Stephen looked like she was approaching it as one, staying with the fastest men throughout the workout.
“This is Liz’s bread and butter,” Cork said. “Like, ‘Oh there’s an uphill? I’m in.’ ”
Stephen was probably one of the few athletes who described the session as “fun.”
“Usually I do this type of continuous running with no poles, but the bounding and poles added a much more ‘ski specific’ element to todays session, which I thought was good,” she wrote in an email. “On a course like today you have to take into account that, though you have a big uphill from the bottom to the top of the course, you have an equally long downhill to the start to recover, so I think it is ok to be in a higher level 3 or even level 4 as the workout progresses. … I was focused on getting a good ‘glide phase,’ if you will, in my bounds, to make a real distinction between the bounding and the running.”