September 1, 2003
Since the spring, I have been trying to decide how to approach the
ski season. Should I continue to train for fun and just see what
happens, or should I start training seriously?
During the summer there was just too much fun stuff
going on to train specifically. Who wants to go rollerskiing when
you could otherwise enter an orienteering race, go hiking, or go
sea kayaking? Not me.
But now that September has arrived, I can feel the
race instincts kicking in. After twelve years of serious elite racing,
the habit dies hard. I knew that I would not be happy back in the
pack at local races. I don't need to be the fastest person out there,
but I don't want to loose the feeling of confidence that comes from
competing with the best.
So I made a decision. The ski training season starts
on September 1st. I will be a 6-month skier, as opposed to my previous
life as a 12 month skier. I dusted off the rollerskis and came up
with a training plan. I don't plan on being in great shape by December,
but I think that by March I can be competitive. My goal is to race
well in the Tour of Anchorage in early March. And by 'do well' I
mean ski with the leaders. Plenty of time to do that.
So today I started my training plan with a three hour
run with Scott McArt near Symphony Lakes. The fall colors have started
to come out and it was beautiful.
out the pictures from this run in the gallery.
I'll be honest with you. I have a great journal entry
here about a close call on rollerskis. It had drama, it had suspense,
it had action. Unfortunately it also had a short lifespan. Shortly
after I wrote it, I inadvertently erased it and lost it forever.
I will try to rewrite it soon, but things like that take time and
effort and I am just too worn out from the first go-around to do
it again right now.