September 8th, 2010
…or just because you read it on FasterSkier doesn’t mean you should do it.
Over the last month we have run two articles translated from the Norwegian website Langrenn.com on the Norwegian National Team’s renewed focus on running. While not earth shattering news, it is interesting to hear that this historically dominating ski nation sees running as a key component of a training regime, and one that should be increased, even at the expense of hours on rollerskis.
Information on training – how much, how hard, what to eat, the list goes on and on – comes in a steady stream on the internet.
On FasterSkier we feature workouts by professional skiers, talk to athletes and talk regularly to athletes and coaches about training. Individuals and teams share even more info on blogs and other websites.
We all know that you have to be careful about what you read on the internet. But this is not just a matter of identifying reputable sources. When it comes to training, every piece of information must be carefully considered in relation to yourself (or your athletes if you are a coach).
It is easy to imagine someone reading the articles on the Norwegian Team, and instantly deciding to substitute bounding intervals for a number of intensity sessions. And while this could work well for some, it could actually be a poor choice for many.
A junior who has not logged many hours on rollerskis and needs to develop the strength endurance to be a successful ski racer would benefit by emphasizing rollerskiing in the summer – particularly if they run cross-country in the fall.
Same goes for a Master who has limited time and can rarely do workouts specifically for upper body strength.
On the other hand, a strong experienced athlete may benefit from the efficiency of training and foot.
The point is obvious – who you are, and where you are in your ski racing is the most important factor in making training choices. There is no magic formula – no one right way.
Just because Andy Newell or Peter Northug does a certain workout, or trains in a particular way, that doesn’t mean it is right for you. It is striking how many ways there are to be fast in this sport – the only certainty is that it takes a lot of hard work.
So don’t blindly change your training just because you read some article on FasterSkier. Ask questions, think critically and make well considered decisions. Training is an interesting combination of science and art – a balance of physiology and one’s personal sense of their body and what it needs. It is often a fine line between skiing fast and struggling along, overtrained, undertrained, or just not properly trained.
Ultimately no one can tell you what to do but yourself.