I am back from Torsby, Sweden after another successful training camp with LYN SKI. The snow conditions were significantly slower than in August and it sometimes felt like the skis were glued to the ground. Hey, that’s skiing for you. You have got to take the conditions you get and make the most of it. The good thing was that everyone felt the same, so it wasn’t just me.
between sessions we ate, slept and worked a bit on our laptops, although do I feel my cognitive capacity decreases when I am training as much. I must be too tired to concentrate. However, my training week went something like this:
Core/stability + Mobility 1 hour
1: Easy, short morning jogg
2: Running with poles: Hard interval session with LYN SKI and Heming together. 4 min in Zone 3, and then 4+4+4+3+3 min in intensity training zone (i-) 4/5 with 2 minutes break
Wednesday: Drove to Sweden
1: Skate 1 hr 30 min intensity zone i-1 + speed training
2: Trail running, or “bushing” , as coach Moe called it, while dragging us through swamps and bushes. 1:30 hr
1: Classic ski interval in i-3 5 x 2 tunnel rounds. Breaks 2 min. + Recovery jogg
2: Easy skate 1hr + recovery jogg
1: Skate ski interval at lactate threshold 4 x 2 tunnel rounds. Breaks 2 min. + Recovery jogg
2: 30 min run + 1 hr circuit training: XC-specific strength, core and stability
1: Long easy classic ski 2 hr in i-1 + Recovery jogg
2:Easy skate in i-1. 1 hr
1: Test-race Skiathlon 4 rounds classic + 4 tunnel rounds skate
2: Recovery jogg in Oslo
That amounts to 17 hours of training in 6 days, which would have been impossible to get anything constructive out of, had I been working normally those days. In other words; I am extremely grateful for every training camp and you can only to so much at the time!
All in all the camp was really good and beneficial for me. Although, I felt gradually more muscular fatigued, and that sneaking feeling was thoroughly confirmed on this mornings skiathlon. Here is an excerpt form the heart rate curve on the classic part. To give you a point of reference my max heart rate is around 203-205 and I should have been around 188-ish bpm…
THAT is what tired looks like! Usually my heart rate is between 175 and 200 in these types of sessions, all depending on the course. I really tried to push the whole way, but everything was just flat! Obviously a couple of rest days will do me good and I am feeling otherwise energetic. Despite this last crash-training, the Torsby stay was excellent, with a lot of good quality, hard and easy sessions!
I am already planning the next period of my training and looking forward to yet more training and training camps.
Work hard, grind harder!