Season in Review: Part 2

We continue looking through the training log for the 2019-2020 ski season to give you an in depth look at what it was like. If you want to see the overall numbers and data, you can below:

Week 5

Sunday – AM – 1hr45 min CL ski along the Mining Roads – deep snow

PM – 1.5 CL/DP on Mining Roads


AM – 1hr 45 min skate with 10x2min L4 intervals at Breck Nordic > short break to look at ski swap skis > 2hr classic ski


AM – Off

PM – 1.5 hr Classic at Beaver Lakes


AM – 1 h 45 min classic at Beaver Lakes + 20 minutes of core

PM 1.5 skate at Mineral Belt – tired afterwards


AM – 2 hr skate – great workout on Pisten Bully groomed Mineral Belt

PM – 1 hr 45 Classic ski on Mineral Belt – skied with Christie for parts


Am – 1 hr 45 Classic + 45 skate @ Mineral Belt

PM – 2+ hours of shoveling on driveway


Am – cold, windy, blustery, ungroomed at Mineral Belt; Went up and down steep hill by 8 mile mark 7-8x. Kind of hard and tiring (1.5 hr classic total)

PM – 1.5 hr of double poling on Beaver Lakes (steep) roads

Totals – Ski – 22 hours; Lifting – 1 hour

Up to this point, all of my classic workouts have still been on my 20 dollar, fish scale skis I bought right before winter from a very old man who lived in Leadville. They are 208 cm skis, super heavy, and the fishscales are pretty much worn out. They’ve been great for double pole workouts along the mining roads and the Beaver Lake driveway/roads. I don’t worry too much if I skid on a rock coming down (other than occasionally having to fly spread eagle into the dirt). At Breck, I was hoping to find a good waxable classic ski. I spent a ton of time looking at everything and thinking about it, but didn’t pull the trigger except to spend 60 bucks on a pair of Atomic waxless skis! My pull there is that they were so much better than the other pair I had, so they could actually function in super rough conditions. I went out and enjoyed skiing on them the rest of that day. It was one of those days where, since I skied a hard workout, then looked and tested skis, then skied for 2 hours, made it feel like the whole day was spent skiing! I was tired when I got back, that is for sure.

Looking back on this all, I’m surprised to remember that I actually did try to do a few specific workouts at this point in the year. For most of the winter, the stress of school and other things seemed to force the desire to build fitness in that way. Instead, I’d just go out and ski however hard I felt.

Week 6


Am – 1.5 DP @ home + 30 min strength

PM – 1.5 Mtbike at home up and down same hill as on skis

Monday –

AM – 80 minute swim – 2 miles

PM – 1 hr. 40 min skate – some drills and short speeds. Beautiful evening


AM – 30 min run – way less pain – nothing after run

PM – 90 minute skate ski


AM – 1 hr 40 skate – CMC trails were nice – went fast and far

PM – 80 min Classic ski


AM – 30 min run – felt about the same as on Tuesday

PM – 90 min classic ski before band concert in the evening – great conditions – could have stayed out longer.


AM – 75 skate CMC/Mineral

PM – 75 Classic CMC/Mineral


Am – 2 hr classic ski from home

PM – 80 MTB

Totals – Ski – 13.5, Bike – 1.5, Run – 1.5, Swim – 1.5, Lifting – 0, total – 17.5

Week 7


AM – 2 Hr CL + 1 hr lift


AM – 30 min run + 50 lift

PM – 90 Classic


AM – 70 lift

PM – 90 Classic


AM – 90 skate

Pm -90 CL


AM – 80 skate

PM – 70 CL


AM – 30 min run + 50 lift

PM – 2 hour CL


AM – 2 hr CL + 3 hours of shoveling

Totals – Ski – 14.5, Lifting – 4.5, Run – 1

Total – 20

Week 8


AM – 90 DP/Classic

PM – unable to train – shoveled driveway


AM – 30 run + 50 lift

PM – 100 min CL ski


AM – 35 run

PM -90 CL


AM – 1 hr 40 min CL @ CMC

PM – 80 min skate @ CMC before pep band


AM – 30 run + 50 lift

PM – 2 hr and 10 minute skate ski at CMC – great conditions – fast and far

Friday –

AM – 35 min run

PM – 2 hr CL

Saturday –

AM – Relay Race with Christie – I did 4k of DP in about 13:30 – very cold – 2 hr Cl total in the morning

PM – 90 minute skate

Totals – Ski – 15, Lift – 2, Run – 2

Total – 19 hours

Part 3 – Christmas Break training is next!


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My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at

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