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2015-11-21 8:22 PM

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Subject: Cross Country Ski Thread
I went for my first XC ski outing of the season today!
Does anyone else find their focus is shifting from swim-bike-run t to cross country skiing? Have you been able to get out this year?
Skate or classic? Recreation or competition? Do you think skiing is effective as cross training for running and biking? Or vice versa?
I'm interested to hear what others think of the best endurance sport going (sorry triathletes).
Don



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2015-11-21 8:36 PM
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In response to my own questions...
We've had a good dump of snow in the mountains - I was out today and I plan to go again tomorrow. I like both skate and classic and have no real preference for one or the other. I'm mainly a recreational skier but I did enter one race around ten years ago and I'm thinking of trying another one soon.

Skiing is more exhilarating than running or cycling, and the beauty of mountains or forests in winter can send shivers down my spine.

I understand specificity, but skiing provides an amazing total body workout - I can't imagine better cross training for biking and running.

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2015-11-22 4:17 PM
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Currently injured and not able to ski. Skate...
2015-11-22 4:40 PM
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I did cross country skiing before I got into triathlons. I loved the skate ski. To me, it is a lot freer and more natural than classic where you are stuck in two ruts and it uses more muscles. I think that it's just a good a workout as triathlon training but the problem is the availability. We have ski trails just a couple of km away but the days are so short in the winter that you can't go on the week days.
2015-11-22 5:26 PM
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Nordic skiing (as well as Nordic jumping) is what got me into endurance sports back in the mid-1970s.  The sport has gone through huge changes over the past decades with the advent of skate skiing and now the sprint format on the World Cup.  This year will be my 19th year racing the American Birkebeiner xc ski marathon.  It truly is a great sport and requires upper and lower body fitness.  We haven't had enough snow here in NW WI yet to ski but the snow guns are firing up on several county parks in the Minneapolis metro that have dedicated xc ski snow making.

2015-11-22 7:13 PM
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I do skate and classic - skate's more fun but there are a fewer options for trails. Last winter was brutally cold and I barely got out, hopefully this winter is nicer. Within the endurance community around here it seems like the majority of competitive triathletes also do XC ski.

It's certainly good cardio, low impact. I think the muscles worked might actually benefit cycling the most of the 3 tri disciplines.


2015-11-23 2:38 PM
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Like skate. Did the Birkie (50K) a few years ago and hope to get some skiing in this year if we ever get any snow.
2015-11-23 4:05 PM
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Classic. Not much choice as all nearby trails only have that option. Some skating options a few hours up into Wisconsin, but harder to do when gear isn't meant for it.

2015-11-23 4:10 PM
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Originally posted by simpsonbo Currently injured and not able to ski. Skate...

Down for long? Laid up a few months here and just had a rare 12"+ snowfall Friday with the whole week off. 

2015-11-23 8:18 PM
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Originally posted by brigby1

Originally posted by simpsonbo Currently injured and not able to ski. Skate...

Down for long? Laid up a few months here and just had a rare 12"+ snowfall Friday with the whole week off. 



Oh no! I feel your pain - hopefully it won't take you too long to recover. A couple of buddies that I'd hoped to go skiing with are similarly laid up. The skiing near Calgary is good now so I aim to take advantage of it. Snow can be so unpredictable - last winter was good early but then the snow melted and I barely skied at all after early in January.

I thought there might be some skiers on BT - thanks for sharing your ski interests.
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2015-11-23 9:39 PM
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I grew up cross country skiing but have since moved further south where there isn't enough snow. I always felt it (classic) was one of the best overall workouts you could get. Enjoy it for those of us who can't !


2015-11-24 8:14 PM
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Hopefully soon. Grade 2 tear of the Plantaris.
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