My two cents as a keen layperson with similar context. I try to keep a little base of running through the winter. Say 1 or 2 5km flatish easy runs through the week. Partly as this fits well with work logistics, and partly to keep some basic mileage in the soft tissues. As spring comes I have to think about how much of my april is spent transitioning to running or hammering out those last few big day skis or multiday ski trips. Some years I get lots of april running in and can work up to 20km long runs. Other yrs skiing takes precedence and recovery from weekend skis precludes too much running volume (I think Scott says about 100miles of easy running transition?). Other than this transition conundrum I think ski mountaineering and training is awesome base and ME for running.
I’m fortunate to live in a place that I can ski as much as I want in the winter and then transition to trail & ultra running in the summer.
I love trail/ultra running in the summer, but my first love is skiing (specifically ski touring/ski mountaineering). I started running about 3 years ago and in that time have steadily built up my base and run ~10ish 35-40 mile adventure runs. This summer my training peaked around 70mpw. This next summer I have my eye on running my first 100 miler. Late summer seems like the best time for that, but I’d like to do get in early season 50km and midseason 100km as a build up for that.
What is the best way to balance the ski season with summer goals? Should I use winter a base building and not worry about running? Should I do 20mpw to keep the time on feet? Do some running speed work?
I understand I’m going to sacrifice running performance as I really focus on skiing, but are there some things I could do to enter running season ready to go?
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