Seder-Skier Podcast with Jim Galanes, Part 2 = The State of Skiing

Here is Part 2 of our conversation with Jim Galanes!

The Joe Rogan of ski podcasts has a way of engineering engaging conversation with investigative questioning other journalists dare not employ – in this show the Seder-Skier pulls out all sorts of wisdom, opinions, and sometimes controversial takes from one of the Founding Fathers of cross country skiing in North America. Below is just a snapshot of the topics covered – skip ahead at your own peril ….

3:00 – Tools for training – HR monitors – Power meters

5:00 – best tool for looking at physiological load of a training session

6:30 – First Beat System

  • Analytical tool for the coach
    • How much work they’re doing
    • If they’re recovering
    • If they’re improving
    • Need to do just enough to get improvement – don’t over do it or underdo it. 
  • This system has good reasons to be believed in because it relies on one of the most basic training principles we think we know about – stimulus/overcompensation relationship

15:00 – Is there such a thing as a man-maker workout?

19:30 – Is this all overanalyzing things? Are we ruining the ‘fun?’ 

21:50 – The state of skiing – how do we continue to improve skiing as a whole in the US

23 – Founding APU/interesting comments about current structure for US ski team athletes

25 – Community based ski clubs

29 – USOC/NGB – Difference between our sports culture and Norway’s

34 – How do we get more young people on skis? What does reform look like?

38 – “If we are providing something of value to the community, the money will follow.” – Here is the secret to the success of community based ski programs. Perhaps every community looks different such that the value the ski program provides look different, but this could still be the tool by which ultimate reform, top down, occurs (Sederskier opinion)

39:45 – The true value of sports — which in turn becomes the value of the program to the community

41 – SederSkier has all the answers ….

42:45 – Philosophy in founding APU

44 – Can companies help out in the effort to grow the sport?

46 – US Ski team – What do you see as the biggest hurdle for team USA in improving relevancy on the World Cup Stage

51 – Specific comments on the Men and Women’s World Cup teams

55 – Thoughts on the young core of the US team  

60 – Domestic Marathon circuit – Subaru Factory Team – what influence does this have on the state of skiing in the US?

67 – SederSkier tries to make a case for getting an American on the Visma Circuit …maybe himself…..

1:08 – Fast Ski Stories and Slow Ski Stories

  • Judy Rabinowitz shares some fast skis with a male skier

1:12 – Jim calls for more conversations like this to continue – we might need a future show (you will have to listen to see why :))

  • We need an avenue for constructive discussions, even when we don’t all agree. There ought to be room for broad and diverse dialogue
  • Did we open up a can of worms at the very end of the podcast? Listen to find out …

Thank you for your time, Jim! This was really fun and I hope it benefits the ski community you care so deeply about!

The Seder-Skier

One response to “Seder-Skier Podcast with Jim Galanes, Part 2 = The State of Skiing”

  1. […] I had the pleasure to have Jim on the show to discuss a myriad of topics last fall. This quote came up in our discussion on the state of skiing in our nation. I enjoyed, as I do with most of my guests, doing more listening than talking. I also enjoyed, as I do with most guests, splicing in my own thoughts between long winded questions which typically won’t be found on larger media outlets since, to be frank, I have nothing to lose. While Jim and I had great discourse back and forth regarding our ideas on training philosophies and where the best trails on the planet are located, we firmly agreed on something pretty foundational: in order to grow the sport AND have success at ALL levels, fostering community-based programming is key. You may be thinking, “What does this nugget of wisdom have to do with the Visma Classics?”  […]


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