Season in Review Part 3: Christmas Break/January Pre-Season

We continue our excerpts from the training log. Moving into the third section of the season – Christmas Break. It was fun to finally see family, we had really cold temperatures, great snow conditions, and I decided to not do a race in the end of January. All of that made for “pre-race” season that generally had me sort of ‘unmotivated’ to finally race. I felt like I had been sloshing along forever without doing a competition. Indeed, the last ‘race’ was Sept. 29th at a Gravel Grinder in Canon City. Not exactly a good example of me putting myself out there and seeing what I’m made of. At the end of January, I not only opted out of the first potential race of the year, I was at the CMEA conference in Colorado Springs, where it was 60 degrees each day. My mind and my body were totally out of synch with the idea of racing on snow at that point. And yet, six days after that, I would have to toe the line in Crested Butte…ready or not…I also finally got a pair of waxable skis from Karl, the high school coach in Leadville. He loaned them to me – we figured they’d probably work ok. Madshus skis from many generations ago is how I’ll describe them. They are special to me now …

Week 9

Sunday

AM – 2 hr CL

PM – off

Monday –

AM – 2 Hr 10 min CL/ Mineral Belt

PM – 80 min CL / Mineral Belt

Tuesday

AM – 2 hr skate – mineral belt

Pm – 90 min Cl – Mineral Belt

Wed –

AM – 40 min run @ Beaver Lake – hill section over and over again ..changed into shorts at one point haha

PM – 90 Classical at MMGC

Thurs

AM – 2 hr skate on Mineral Belt – doubled up hilly section

PM – 1 hr 40 min CL Mineral Belt – easy and fast

Fri

AM – 2 hr 15 min CL with mom on Mineral Belt

PM – 3 mile snowshoe with family

Sat

AM – 2 hr CL/Skate at Tennessee Pass

PM – Downhill skied + 35 min run with Tom in town afterwards

Totals – Ski – 18.5, Run – 1

Total – 19.5 hours

Week 10

Sunday

AM – 35 min run with Tom at Beaver Lakes …super cold

PM – Skate ski (80) + Cl/DP (40) at MMGC

Mon

Am – 2 hr CL… – 20 degrees when I started

PM – downhill skied at Copper with Tom, Mom, and Dad

Tuesday

Am – 80CL + 50 SK @ Mineral Belt ..-20 again..

PM – 75 skate on Mineral Belt with Tom – fast and nice out

Wednesday

AM – 2 hr DP with Tom all the way to the top of Mineral Belt

PM – shoveled for 2 hours

Thursday

Am – 20 min SK + 1.5 hr CL on Mineral Belt

PM – 80 min SK

Friday

AM – 40 min run at Beaver Lakes — hilly+ 80 minutes of shoveling

PM – 1 hr 50 min Cl at Mineral Belt

Saturday

Am – 90 min skate at Mineral Belt – lots of climbing

PM – 2 hr CL – 15 miles – lots of climb “great day”

Totals – Ski – 18, L – 2, Run – 1

total = 21 hours

Week 11

Sunday

Am – 2 Hr Skate – lots of climb – 15 miles

drove to get Ajee afterwards; drove home

PM – 90 min CL/12 miles @ Mineral – lots of climb again

Monday

AM – 40 run

PM – off…walked 3 miles

Tuesday

AM – 35 run + 45 lift

PM – 1 hr 45 min skate

Wed

AM – 80 skate @ MB

PM – 2 hr CL @ MB

Thursday

AM – 40 run + 45 lift

Pm 90 CL/DP on MB

Friday

Am – 45 run

PM – 90 CL/DP @ MB

Saturday

Am – 45 run …hills at Beaver Lakes +45 min shoveling

PM – 60 min DP at Beaver lakes – DP’d entire stretch from house to the top….

Totals – Ski – 12.5, Run – 3, L – 2

total – 17.5 hours

Week 12

Sunday

AM – 40 run

PM – 2 hr skate ski @ golf course – went easy but didn’t stop at all + 1 hour shoveling

Monday –

Am – 35 run + 45 lift

PM 70 min DP on BLVD road …new snow…ajee’s first ski

Tues

AM – 40 run

PM – 90 skate on MB – really fast..had to start at 4:45 because of a meeting, or would have gone longer…

Wed

AM – 80 min skate @ MB

PM – 2 hr classic – went almost to 3 mile mark and back in 1 hr 45 (16 miles)

Thurs

AM – 40 min run

PM – 1 hr 45 skate – Mineral and CMC

Friday

AM – 90 min skate at CMC

PM – 2 hour shoveling

Saturday

AM – 50 min run @ BV lakes + 40 min shoveling + 20 mnin abs and push-ups

PM – 1 hr 45 skate at CMC

Totals – ski – 13, Run – 3.5, L – 2

Total – 18.5 hours

Week 13

Sunday

AM – 2 hr DP – 2.5 hour break for church. early PM = 2 hr skate – Mineral Belt

Mon

AM – 1 hr skate + 1 hr DP on MB

PM – 2 hr CL – did Dump road to Cart hill 3x)

Tuesday

AM – 90 skate @ Mineral belt

PM – 1 hr 45 min DP @ Mineral belt

Wed

AM – 2 hr skate on MB before school

PM – 40 min run + 30 min lift in Colorado Springs @ Broadmoor Fitness Center

Thurs

AM – 45 run + 45 lift

PM – 80 min bike + 15 lift

Fri

Am – 55 run + 15 lift

PM – 90 bike + 15 lift

Sat

Am – 55 run + 60 lift

PM – 90 skate ski @ home

Totals – ski – 14.75, Run – 2.5, Lifting – 3, Bike – 3

Total – 23.25

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