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Training log for Mike Muha
Sunday, 12/30/2012 Training Time = 1:36  (Interval Work Time = :46)
 

Oh, how to wax

The race today almost wasn't - I hyper-extended my back yesterday and could barely move this morning. But I had to race today to collect the weekend's worth of Michigan Cup points.

A long warm up loosened everything enough that I thought I could ski. The big question of the day was the kick wax. Mid-20's, firm ski track, and two inches of lake effect fluff everywhere else. The humidity in the track called for a warmish wax; the fluffy wanted something harder. Wax for the track and ice in the fluff? Wax for the fluff and not have enough grip in the track??

I actually followed Nick Baic's suggestion: wax warm and cover with a cold wax. So I put on a layer of 2013 Toko Yellow (28 to 32F), followed by a layer of Toko Red (14 to 28F), followed by Toko Blue (. I didn't quite cover with enough Blue and iced during testing, so I scraped the ice off and added another layer of Blue (-22 to 19F).

Yes, sounds strange. The Yellow gave a great cushion, the Red was close to the wax of the day, and the Blue gave glide and prevented icing.

Results: Good kick and good glide. Occasionally a little bump in the snow would cause my wax to grab, but I never iced and I always had good kick.

Wish I were in better shape to take advantage of the good skis...

Morning XC Ski-Classic
Race
1:36
Tour de Ski 10k: 46:13 (17th. Fastest: 32:45). Actually felt pretty good for the first two laps and held my own. Started lagging on the 3rd lap.
:19
:28
:16
:27
:06
Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5
Training Load = 261

Total Training Time = 1:36
Total Quality Time =  :46
Total Training Load = 261
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