I was pretty lazy this spring - I think I averaged only a couple hours of training per week during April!
To get myself more motivated, I decided I'd do the US Ski Team fitness test (also called the "Medals Test") in May to set a baseline for the year.
I also decided to add a kilometer-long uphill doublepole time trial after reading Aerobic Conditioning Testing for the Cross Country Skier. The article makes a strong case for adding the test focused on more than just upper body strength:
"Both laboratory and field testing have consistently shown that upper body maximal aerobic capacity and muscular endurance are strongly correlated to cross country ski race performance (r = 0.75 to 0.92). In other words, those who perform best on this test are likely to do well on the ski course."
We have a nice, long, gentle climb on one of the local bike paths that's perfect for this test. To make it easily repeatable, I extended the distance from 1 kilometer to a bit longer (to about 1.1 or 1.2 kilometers) so I could start on an expansion joint across the path at the bottom and end at a sign post at the top.
Below are the results so far:
|Time||Min / Mile|
|Uphill doublepole TT||4:20||-|
|Set 1||Set 2|
I still have to build a box for the box jumps. I may add a rollerski skate time trial to the set of test as well.
The tests results were motivating - I've definitely stepped up my training over the past three weeks!
I'll repeat these tests ever month or so until snow time.