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A Mental Lapse

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Yesterday my team and I went in to Calgary for some rollerski intensity on the treadmill. These workouts are traditionally very hard record lactates getting reached ect.

The first interval of the day was at 5% grade and the speed goes up 1kph until you basically fall off, well it was another prime example for me of the power of the mind. Brendan and I were doing the intervals together, resting while the other one did there interval on the treadmill. Brendan reached a speed of 22kph and completed the stage, I made it part way through 21kph. From the start of the test I felt my legs were heavy and during the test felt that I had only made it to 20kph, I was disappointed and motivation quickly disappeared. But after the intensity session when I found out I was partly through 21kph stage I felt a little motivation come back, perhaps motivation that would have helped me in the session its self.

Just goes to show that the as soon as you think you are going to fall off the back it probably won’t be long until you physically do.

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Rollerskiing/Skiing Sessions

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Since my last post all of the natural snow in Canmore has melted and left us with muddy trails and sanded roads so the training options are limited.

But this situation has allowed us a certain opportunity. With the 600 meter ski loop and a clean rollerski loop at the Nordic Center we are able to ski and then hop on roller skis to either extend the loop or enter the shooting range. It really allows you to experience the differences between the two training methods, in my opinion there is little difference between the two, I find that skiing requires better balance and ability to transition and adapt to the conditions but I don’t really feel any other differences.

So since the last post I feel that training has been good but could be better if we had either really good skiing or really good rollerskiing. But I think it is about to get alot better, I have been watching the weather forecast in Canmore and I think they will be able to add some length to the ski loop and touch up the existing 600 meters this week, if not SilverStar is starting to look really good getting 11 inches in the last 24 hours.

So Pray for Snow

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Back on the RS treadmill.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

So since my last e-mail the snow has melted and the reality sunk in, there won’t be consistent skiing mid October in Canmore and nor will there be good rollerskiing.  Despite cold temperatures and a great opportunity to have early snow in Canmore, the Canmore Nordic Center wasn’t ready for it.  I feel we could have easily produced 2-3 km of trails maybe more, we do not have a volunteers set-up for snow making and 2 men can only work so many hours.  So instead we have a 400meter loop, in their defence the 400meters has everything you could ask for some flats, climbs and semi technical downhills depending how you ski the course.
So we headed off to the rollerski treadmill at the Calgary Olympic Oval, it allows us to get in a good intensity workout when the roads are too icy and we don’t want to run.

My long time team-mate and once upon a time room mate Mat Stachura produced this video, it is slightly comical bringing up photos from the past.  The workout was 3 * 3.3 km loop at Whistler Olympic Park.  Basically we watch a video on the computer in front of us of the 3.3 km loop and ski as the coaches are adjusting the incline and speed of the treadmill to simulate the terrain.   It was both fun and a successful workout.

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Snow in Canmore!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Today when I was getting ready for a my afternoon roller ski I look out the door and see a freaken blizzard, I so I decided to go out ski striding but decided to finish up in town with a ski.

There was certainly enough snow probably 8 – 10 cm, but because my skis had not been waxed spring skiing they were icing up and causing problems. I found I was also kicking alot of snow up but that is probably because I haven’t skied since June.

The Canmore Nordic Center received the same amount of snow but the trails are alot rougher so it could be awhile. On a positive note the Nordic Center are going to start making snow tonight or tomorrow. Which with some luck could lead to some skiing in the very near future.

But it was still some skiing. Check out pics and short vid

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And to keep a eye on progress of the snowmaking visit

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All within an hours drive!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009


So that past week we have completed a large volume training week, hopefully the last before we are on snow.

Throughout this week the CNBT worked on getting some altitude exposure, nothing extreme all workouts took place between 1400 – 2400 meters.

Even though living in Canmore provides so many training opportunities within an hours drive it can make for very long days. When you add 2 hours of driving for every training session it usually means you are eating some meals on the road and missing some necessary rest. However it nice to get a change of scenery from time to time.

Highwood Pass 2200 meters

Mt. Shark biathlon range 1800 meters

Mat attempting level 3 ski striding

Light dusting of snow on Mt. Shark trails

Mat Stachura and I on Highwood Pass

Having fun 3 hours in to workout.

Quick break before running back down.

Last day on Highwood with snow covered peaks

Mat Stachura riding down Suphur Mt. Gondola

Catching my breath at the top of Sulphur Mt. 2200 meters. 6 inches of snow on trails at top.

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DKB – Indoor Ski Arena

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I found a great video I wanted to share with everyone. I had heard about this facility going up last winter when I was in Germany. I am not sure how long it was in the making but I believe it was a very quick construction. I saw some pictures earlier on the internet but I don’t think I have viewed any video.

And at this time of year when Rollerskiing is starting to get ugly and running is wet it would be a nice option to start on the technique. The only problem I have heard of in the past is athletes getting respiratory infections from the extreme temperature changes from training sessions indoors and outdoors in the same day.

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