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Juggling work, family, training & racing:
Training log for Mike Muha
Saturday, 12/15/2012 Training Time = None
 

Back on snow - Finally!

Me? Although totally out of shape and the first time on snow since October's Vasa Ski Club Ski Fest, I had a plan: ski negative splits and try to beat Amy Powell. Seriously, work and home responsibilities have taken their toll, and my training has been hit or miss, and mostly miss.

I tried to stay relatively calm through the first couple kilometers, skiing behind Bill Kaltz. Bill seemed to slow and I went around. It was short lived - Bill came back and dropped be a few hundred meters later. I noticed I was at 94% of my max heart rate! I backed off slightly. I was 17:52 for the first lap.

On the second lap, I caught and passed one of the Cross Country Ski Headquarters skiers. Which one? I don't know - I was too focused on staying in control of my technique.

Because the trail looped up and down fairways, you could see skiers ahead and behind. I looked behind...and saw Amy Powell. I attempted to pick up the pace. I was going to at least try to hold her off at the finish line! Immediate spike in heart rate, getting up to 98% of my max. I kept looking back and she was slowing pulling me in. (I take credit for giving her a rabbit to chase and increasing her gap over Kaitlyn Patterson...)

Heart rate graph for Mike Muha at Wintersonnewende cross country ski race

Mike Muha's heart rate graph for the race

Well, I held Amy off at the finish (Yea!) but since she started two minutes behind me, she actually beat me by 45 seconds.

Negative splits? Nope. 17:52 for the first lap, 18:12 for the second. Close, oh so close.

Great race and fun for all.

Curious: Historically, I don't race in zone 5, so why so much time there in this race? Is it an aftereffect of the ablation? Is it because I'm so out of shape?

Morning XC Ski-Skate
Race
1:10
Wintersonnewende 11k Freestyle: 36:04 (18th male. win: 30:16). Almost did negative splits.
:09
:21
:04
:30
:06
Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5
Training Load = 213

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Total Training Load = 213
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