You Gotta Have A Plan

In the 15 years or so I've spent racing full-time and in the 8 years I've worked as a coach, the month of January has always stood out as the most dynamic, and perhaps most important of the season. In normal winters I would have two weeks off at the holidays to recover from cyclo-cross season and head somewhere warm for road racing in February or March. Some years I went to Europe after 'cross nationals and raced another 6 weeks without a break. Other years I attempted to be a year-round New Englander and spent 2 months Nordic skiing before I began structured road training in March.

Glide Your Way To Fitness, Part I

It's been cold this winter in New England. Really cold. On top of that, it was snowy. Really snowy. For a stretch there, it was snowing every second or third day, with anywhere from 1-2 inches to 1-2 feet. I can't remember anything quite like it. Being hearty New Englanders, though, no one really complains. The key is to make the best of the winter while it's here, and the best way cyclists here typically do that is on the "misery sticks". A bad winter for riding usually means a good winter for skiing. This one's been quite bad, and so, quite good.


Glide Your Way to Fitness, Part II

In part one of this series, I focused on the energy systems used in Nordic skiing, and made some suggestions for how to estimate training zones that relate to the work you're familiar with on the bike. Here we'll move to periodization and implementation of workouts, with the goal of showing how to translate from cycling to skiing. For our purposes, it's quite possible to follow the same phases as cycling.

The Off-Season