I have been doing my aerobic best as of late and it has been quite good, the pace at the same heart rate has been increasing and the body is responding nicely. I consider the workouts aerobic time trials and try to run as fast as I can at a heart rate of 128, so pretty low, but I do everything I can to increase the pace without going over the 128 heart rate in terms of relaxation, technique and visualization.
I use the same heart rate for running and skiing and have noticed I am more aerobically fit running than skiing which makes a good amount of sense seeing that I tend to run more than I ski just due to time commitments and current weather patterns making the treadmill an attractive option.
When running or skiing outdoors while I have to be very patient when going uphill I can really increase the pace on the flats and push quite hard on the gradual downhills, specifically with skiing where the double poling can be at very high rate of turn over.
Along with the aerobic work, the strength work continues with a mix of holds, plyometrics and olympic lifting. I quite enjoy olympic lifting, I am not very good technically but that will come with time and patience.
On the event side I have Master Indoor Track Nationals here in Edmonton with the 1500m and 3000m events and then Nordic Nationals in Ottawa with the 1.4km Long Sprint Free, 50km Mass Start Classic and if I can convince a FTRS team-mate to join me, the 1.3km Team Sprint.
Training and racing has been going well with a few indoor track events and a few nordic events when the temperatures have cooperated, a little cold at the moment.
Having said that, overall I haven't been happy with how the body has been feeling so while I have really enjoyed the USRPT format of training I have decided to take a more aerobic approach to training with the MAF Method leading into the Master Indoor Nationals.
I enjoy trying a variety of ideas with my own training and seeing how the body responds and the ideas of Phil Maffetone have always fascinated me and now is a good time to give them a go.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!