Arriving home from Nationals in Thunder Bay brings the Indoor Track Season and the Nordic Season to a successful close for myself. On the indoor side I posted 2:56.69 for the 1000m and 4:46.27 for the 1500m and on the Nordic side I focused on the Sprint events in the open category posting good times at Western Canadians and Nationals but not making it into qualification rounds.
The focus this winter was strength training continuing to get stronger, more powerful and increasing explosive power, improving posture and developing an overall balanced body with reduced run and ski training. The running and skiing I did within this strength program was predominantly short recovery work progressing to short tempo work.
The strength program started with strengthening the feet and balance training exercises, Isometric holds, progressing to quick movement with holds and then to plyometrics. It wasn't a steady progression, there were several set backs when I pushed too quickly but after focusing on strength for the past two seasons I feel I have balance back in terms of strength and look forward to building on this for the upcoming outdoor track season.
Having now what I feel is a good base of strength I look to continue with the olympic lifting and plyometric based strength and adding sprint interval training as outlined in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research to prepare for the upcoming outdoor 1500m track season.
The workouts are short and focused, keeping reps short and explosive as training to failure can sometimes be counter productive.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!