Monday, April 7, 2008

Back to the Grind...

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With another ski season behind me, it's time to get the legs back in shape! For those of you that don't know me, I usually steer clear of any type of running in the winter as the nordic ski scene takes over my life! I'll spare you the lip service but if you're interested, check out for a quick glimpse into this part of my life.

After 'chasing the dream' in elite xc ski racing for so many years, I have a pretty good sense of what I need to do, to get myself back into good running shape. But in the end, my biggest challenge will always remain injury prevention...

With that in mind, I recruited my good friend Vanessa (uber-fit personal trainer @ PerformX gym in Canmore) to whip me into shape with tons of work that focuses on core, stability and specific strength. I think that most trail runners typically forget (or skip) this component of training to focus on their typical 'speed/intensity' workouts. My reasoning is simple...the more stability, balance and control your muscles have while running, the more efficient you will be. Efficiency = Speed.

Van and me...Not only does she kick my ass in the gym, she rips it hard on the surf too!

Since our first session last week, Van has put me through a variety of core, jump, coordination and strength drills to get a glimpse into my body's current level of fitness and biomechanical deficiencies. If these workouts are a sign of the pain to come...I'm going to suffer like a pig. We've already identified some pretty key points to work on that will help raise my efficiency level on the trails - I can't wait to get down to business!

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