The first USSMA ski race is this Saturday at Grand Targhee resort. In the past, this has been a team event, but because it is a qualifying race this year, it is an individual event. One of my goals/hopes is to qualify for the US Team and to that end, I started a training progam for that purpose in October. I am generally satisfied with the way things have gone training-wise. I wasn't able to precisely follow it, but more or less got it done. The major deviation was the failure to complete a high intensity block last week, which was to come on the heels of a high volume week. I couldn't do it because I was walking a fine line of being overtrained and sick. Right now, I'm trying to rest and recover in time for Saturday. Hopefully, Saturday's race won't come as too big of a shock to the system . . . yeah right, who am I kidding.
It's been a challenge preparing for an "A" race without having any sort of training races as precursors. But we'll all be in the same boat since this is the first skimo race in the US this season. I guess I'll just have to rely on my intervals and gut it out. And take solace in the fact that I'm going into this race with a lot of ski hours compared to years past. And remember that this is a really cool sport! (See video below from last year's Pierra Menta.)