Saturday, December 20, 2008


All right, which would you choose? The sloppy roads for running or the freshly groomed corduroy for skiing? Not that I get my training advice from Outside magazine, but yesterday I read an article that said in-season you should do 90% of your training in your main sport and 10% cross-training. Out-of-season you should do 25% of your training in your main sport and 75% cross-training. If the snow continues to fall - 2-5 more inches expected today - I can definitely see myself skiing 75% of the time.

Or should it be 90% of the time if skiing is now my main winter sport?

My back is finally feeling normal again. I'm still not sure what I did, but I was miserable for a week and a half. I'm going to blame it on shoveling snow.

With the new year right around the corner, I was thinking about not keeping a training log for the first time ever. Right now I find myself going a week or so without writing anything down. Then when I get around to it, I've forgotten half the info, so it's left blank. I don't seem to refer to my log that often. It's as if I keep them just to have some sort of record of all the time I've spent on this "hobby" over the years. I'm sure I'll still track my daily mileage on a calendar - you know, so I don't break any 10% rule or anything like that. And I'll have to find a way to track the mileage on my shoes - I kind of like to know that info. We'll see... I have a week or so to decide.

Quote of the day;

"If I knew what I know now about skiing, I would have started much sooner." - Ryan Wright


Adam said...

Those two pictures are a great way to frame the dilemma facing a runner who likes to ski. Today (Saturday) was an awesome day for skiing all over the metro. I can personally vouch for Murphy-Hanrehan and Hyland. As great as the skiing was, the outdoor running was crappy at best. Consider yourself lucky to have aerobic options!

The typical metro winter over the past decade has not had a lot of quality skiing time. Last year was an exception, and this year is shaping up to be the same.

Bill said...

Chad, I've had the same thoughts about keeping a diary or not, somehow i've managed to keep it going. I think if you've done it this long, keep it going. Maybe just simplify it and put down route, weather, time and distance. It has become important to me to keep a running tally of lifetime miles for some reason. Its fun to watch my students reactions when I tell them I've run around the world 2 and a half times.

Formulaic said...

Glad to hear that your back is better.

Based on last years results, the skiing wasn't too bad. Maybe change over sooner in the year.

Gregg said...

I would take the ski as well. Lately those types of roads are just about making me want to quit!