I have been back on the track for a few events since coming back from Quebec working on building strength and speed on the oval. Focusing on the 1500m or what I like to call the "4 Minute Program" I did the 1500m at the GBO and the ACAC events at the Kinsmen.
Over the course of the season I have been feeling strong but haven't quite found my stride, but it will come.
I certainly have been having good fun with the training and I'm looking forward to the Twilight Meet 1000m this coming Friday night at the Butterdome.
I may be racing just for kicks but I do enjoy a competitive environment and well the Olympic Trials in Quebec provided just that! Combined with having family just a hour away from Mount-Saint-Anne a plan was hatched to toe the line for the classic and skate sprint events.
In the course of the week and changing weather plans went from well thought out to first rodeo type stuff. Arriving at 2am before the classic sprints lead to a short warm up, racing on skin skis and seeing the course for the first time. Changing weather also forced some flight changes for the return trip but the extra time allowed for course training, proper waxing and some fast times.
Olympic Trials Classic 1.35km Sprint
In the classic sprint I crossed the line in 4:11 good for fifty third place in the Senior Men, 1:08 off the top pace. Using the age grading calculator my time would be 3:30 putting me in the mix and it’s always nice to be in the mix!
Olympic Trials Skate 1.35km Sprint
For the skating sprint I placed thirty seven for the day in the Senior Men with a time of 3:39, 42 seconds off the top pace. Age grading put me in the top twenty with a time of 3:10, 13 seconds off the pace if they did such a thing, which they do not:-)
Suffice to say some pianos were moved and moved quickly and having had a chance to pre ski the course for the skate sprint the hills came as less of a surprise. On three separate occasions in the Classic Sprint on Friday I heard myself saying “eff that’s steep”. Two were uphills and one was a downhill where I nearly yard saled not once but twice.
I tell you what between the skis, boots, poles, waxing and keeping track of your bib and timing chip racing is a complicated thing, but giving that I am on the backside of 50 it was a treat to toe the line with the best sprinters in Canada.
These guys have moves!
Sprint racing seasons begins this weekend at the Haywood NorAm Selection Trials in Mont-Saint-Anne.
In conjunction with the track and strength work I have been doing my goal over these past few years has been to get back too and specialize in Nordic sprint racing over the winter months. The transition has taken some time, over coming back weakness and increasing raw speed.
I am not as young as I used to be and one would think one would go longer but I have been long and enjoy the push of the shorter. There is something very pure about laying everything on the track over the course to 2 to 4 minutes and the training that goes with it matches my style!
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!