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Training Log Archive: R Anderson

In the 31 days ending Jan 31, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Skiing23 33:47:55 24.85 40.0
  Running6 4:10:00
  Strength3 3:00:00
  Stretching1 10:00
  Total30 41:07:55 24.85 40.0
  [1-5]30 40:57:55

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Sunday Jan 31, 2010 #

10 AM

Skiing (classic) 50:00 [1]

11 AM

Skiing (classic) 1:27:00 [5] 30.0 km (2:54 / km)

Wow, very memorable and amazing race.

First ever 30k, 4 x7.5k laps, mass start. Started way at the back cause I'm not liscenced. The first lap was tough since I had to try and pass a whole bunch of people, and this was exhausting. Got to the top of the course with only some rolling hills and a big downhill left. I was already pretty tired and thinking that I couldnt keep the current pace for 3 more laps. I had just dropped a small group and was skiing by myself.

Then I spotted an opportunity, Pierre Harvey, skiing legend, was about 50m ahead of me. I wanted to get in behind someone for the long downhill double poling section, but I wasn't sure if it would be stupid to try and keep up with Pierre. I know he's in his fifites and has really old/weird technique, but he is F$#@#^ fast!

Anyways, I decided to go for it and see how long I could hold on to him, worst case it would be an interesting story. Got on his tail and skied behind him for the rest of the lap. We caught a few more guys, including some U Laval skiers on the second lap, and skied as a pack until the end of the 3rd lap. I stayed behind Pierre basically the whole time except for a few sections. He would sometimes get away on the downwhills or flats, but I would catch back up on the hills.

Very tired by the 4th lap, but still had some energy to try and hold on. By this time we reduced to a group of 4 after dropping some guys. Managed to hold on until the last 3k where there was a lot of poling, where Pierre and one of the laval guys dropped me. Faught it out with the other laval guy to the end where I got ahead , but finished 20s behind Pierre.

Such a crazy race for me, not only was it my first 30, but I got to ski basically the whole thing in a really good pack of skiiers, including a Canadian Icon. People laughed that I wasn't able to beata 53 yr old, and looking back I think I could have if I was smarter and tried to stay in his draft in the end, but at the time I was just shocked that I was able to have held on to him for that long. The pace of the race was much higher than I had expected it to be, and I'm just happy that I didn't totally bonk.

Very fun race, looking forward to some shorter races now, and getting back up to my peak after some sickness. Made the top 8 guys on Carleton as 7th so: Ontario University Championchips in 2 weeks!

Saturday Jan 30, 2010 #

11 AM

Skiing (skate) 1:30:00 [1]

Long warm up / cool down
12 PM

Skiing race (skate) 30:00 [5] 10.0 km (3:00 / km)

Tough race, but it was fun and I think I did OK. Not sure of result/time yet.

Friday Jan 29, 2010 #

4 PM

Skiing (classic) 40:00 [1]

skiing the course again with Rob. Was warm except for my toes.

Thursday Jan 28, 2010 #

(rest day)

Wednesday Jan 27, 2010 #

7 AM

Skiing (skate) 1:45:00 [2]

Tuesday Jan 26, 2010 #

7 AM

Strength 1:00:00 [3]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

8 AM

Running 45:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Monday Jan 25, 2010 #

10 AM

Running 40:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Woke up and saw how much it was raining and how icy it was. Opted for the track instead. Very boring but oh well.

Stretching 10:00 [0]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Longer than normal stretch since left knee is sore.

Sunday Jan 24, 2010 #

9 AM

Skiing (skate) 2:00:00 [1]

Getting re-familiarized with the Nakkertok courses for Easterns.

Saturday Jan 23, 2010 #

9 AM

Skiing (classic) 1:00:00 [1]

10 AM

Skiing (classic) 46:06 [4]

Bad race. Mostly double poling, so not my forte. Felt like I was only actually working hard on the three short climbs, however I was really slow on the climbs. Partially because I didnt have much grip, but also still tired from being sick all week. Basically felt like I didnt have my "top-end". Going to try and forget about this one, but I don't forget races like this easily.

Friday Jan 22, 2010 #

9 AM

Skiing (skate) 45:00 [1]

short easy ski with some sprints. Still not feeling 100% but wanted to try to "shake out the cob webs" before tomorrow.

Thursday Jan 21, 2010 #

2 PM

Running 50:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

With Stu in the fieldhouse. Ran into Jeff and Eric after 30min.

Wednesday Jan 20, 2010 #

7 AM

Skiing (skate) 2:00:00 [1]

Took it real easy.

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010 #


Still feeling like crap...

Sunday Jan 17, 2010 #

Skiing warm up/down (classic) 45:00 [1]

Skiing (classic) 32:56 [4]

Great course, probably one of my favorites. Came 9th, 93.5%? of winner (Colin).

Best ski result to date.

Saturday Jan 16, 2010 #

Skiing warm up/down (skate) 1:00:00 [1]

Skiing (skate) 49:00 [5]

Tough race. 3 5km loops on a tough hilly course. 86% behind winner.

Friday Jan 15, 2010 #

12 PM

Skiing (skate) 50:00 [1]

Thursday Jan 14, 2010 #

(rest day)

Off to North Bay tomorrow for first University race of the year.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 #

7 AM

Skiing (classic) 1:45:00 [2]

including sprints, 6X 45s intervals, strength.

Tuesday Jan 12, 2010 #

7 AM

Running 40:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Strength 1:00:00 [3]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Monday Jan 11, 2010 #

9 AM

Skiing (skate) 1:00:00 [1]

easy ski at Mooney's. Tired.

Sunday Jan 10, 2010 #

Skiing warm up/down (classic) 1:35:00 [1]

Before and after, nicer temperature today.

Skiing race (classic) 22:53 [4]

Much better race today, although this was expected since I'm much better at classic. No XC Ottawa guys today so not as big of a field.

Found myself in the lead with Logan and Micheal after the first hill. The rest of trail 15 I just cruised along with them not pushing too hard. Meant to attack on the last uphill before the final long descent but didn't have the guts at the time. This was a mistake because Logan pulled away on faster skis gliding down Pinks (1km+ descent). Finished 15s behind him, 99% of winner. Physically a good race, but not tactically.

Saturday Jan 9, 2010 #

Skiing race (skate) 25:00 [5]

First race of the year and it did not go well, 86% of winner. Went out too fast and got passed by a whole bunch of people that I wanted to beat. Couldn't get into a good rhythm on Burma and felt like a was never getting any rest on the downhills.

Skiing warm up/down (skate) 1:20:00 [1]

Skiing before and after. Very cold after the race.

Friday Jan 8, 2010 #

Skiing (skate) 1:30:00 [1]

easy ski at mooney's. Got bored after 10min. Ended up doing over 5 laps. Also did 10min of sprints.

Thursday Jan 7, 2010 #

Running 35:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

short easy run, just to get some fresh air.

Wednesday Jan 6, 2010 #

Skiing (skate) 2:10:00 [2]

Sprints + 4x1:30 3min rest + strength

Accidently caused a pile-up during intervals, although I came out of it unscathed.

Tuesday Jan 5, 2010 #

Running 40:00 [1]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (September 09)

Strength 1:00:00 [3]
shoes: Asics GT 2140 (May 09)

Sunday Jan 3, 2010 #

Skiing (classic) 3:00:00 [1]

Saturday Jan 2, 2010 #

Skiing (skate) 1:30:00 [2]

sprints + 4x3min 6min rest. Hardest intervals on skis so far.

Friday Jan 1, 2010 #

Skiing (classic) 2:00:00 [1]

p3>#5>pinks>penguin>back via GP

Tough waxing, had to work hard for grip. Tired, planned a longer loop but i was running out of time and it was already dark.

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