Winter Training

Houghton offers so many awesome opportunities to train and prepare for endurance races. However, the six-month-long winter here sometimes puts a damper on the amount of outdoor training we can get in. So, Adam and I have resorted to skiing more this season, spending a lot of time on planks at the Tech Trails. For Adam, it was his first season of competing in Nordic skiing. He prefers the skating style. I personally would rather classic, but end-of-season skiing is not so conducive for good kick (did I mention I hate using Klister?). We both really enjoy being outside… and our racing experiences this year have us already planning on doing two or three full marathons again next season.

In preparation for the Ironman in September, we have also been spending a few nights a week on the trainers. Adam is getting comfortable on his aero bars, and I’m just trying to get comfortable with high cadence on my road bike. Here’s a review of our aerobic activities in the past four months.

Michigan Tech has the best trails in the US!

Adam and Mark cruising up the Royalwood hill.

Adam’s new Jamis Xenith T1 Tri bike.

Getting the day started after a hard workout with Fluid, Larabar, RedBull Cola, and yogurt (the Liberte is Adam’s).

CCSA Regionals

Last weekend, Michigan Tech hosted the CCSA Regional meets for Nordic skiing. Tech threw down the hammer, qualifying a max three women and three men for the National Championship! It was exciting to watch so many talented skiers take to the field. I was glad to not have to race, though, because it was so cold they had to delay the start on Saturday.

Congrats to Jenna, Jill, and Liz; Oskar, Petter, and Jesse!!
To see some photos, go to my Flickr.