Skimo Transitions: From SKI TO SKIN in 30 seconds
At the bottom of each descent, a skimo racer must switch from downhill skiing to uphill skinning and do it in less than a minute to be competitive. This "ski-to-skin" transition [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu_FsBWduMs] is a key skill in skimo racing. Mastering it is a
Do we have an effort bias?
In January, I started using Anki [https://apps.ankiweb.net/], spaced repetition software, to study for an exam. My first impression was negative. "This is too easy," I thought. "This can't be helpful." But as I read more about spaced repetition [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition], my initial
Does more fatigue mean more fitness?
Training causes fatigue and fitness to appear in sequence. Then athletes confuse the degree of fatigue with future fitness. Sometimes, it’s the opposite. I’ve had a sinus infection for three weeks. On day 17, I started taking antibiotics. The next day, I felt much better. Did the antibiotics
The best thing I learned from climbing
Climbers feel fear but cannot act on it. Practicing forced restraint widens the gap between stimulus and response. What was a tunnel becomes a decision tree. — “If I fall here,” I thought. “I could die.” I was way above my last piece of gear on a delicate mixed pitch. The
To perform or protect? Which is better?
Most mornings, I make pour-over coffee. I weigh and hand-grind 20 grams of whole beans. I pre-rinse a filtered V60 cone. Then I put the grounds in the cone on a mug on a digital scale. When the water reaches ~93 degrees Celsius, I start to pour. First, I saturate
Genetic potential? Excuses matter more.
“Uh oh, you’re not going to like that,” my wife said. We were in a bookstore, and I had picked up a copy of The Sports Gene [https://www.amazon.com/Sports-Gene-Extraordinary-Athletic-Performance/dp/161723012X/] . I often sneer at discussions about genetics in sport. It’s not that I disbelieve
"When can I stop easy training?"
When I introduced an allowance to our oldest son, I used three jars: Spend, Give, and Save. The three jars represented three big-picture elements of managing money. After describing the first two, I got to the one that I was most excited about, the Save jar. “And with this jar,
What is the most important intensity?
Performance in an endurance event comes from the highest average speed. Training determines what the highest average speed–“race pace”–will be. The higher the race pace, the faster the time. The faster the time, the better the performance. So the more race pace training an athlete can tolerate, the
A review of my 2018/2019 skimo training
The 2018/2019 skimo season was my best ever. I finished the season sixth in Canada and went to the World Championships in Switzerland. A lot of factors contributed to that outcome, luck included. My 2018 training cycle was a big factor. It was much different than in previous years