Dear Uphill Athletes,
I am having trouble finding the appropriate training plan for an upcoming endeavor. I will string together a bunch of ski traverses this winter, ranging from 5 to 14 days in length. My starting pack weights may be 50lbs on some sections, where I have 30lbs of food and fuel.
I’ve been a lurker for a while here, but need some advice. Speed will be key to my enjoyment and safety on these traverses. I have optimized gear well, and I am pretty well optimized physically and mentally, based on previous traverses. It seems like the Grand Traverse plan is the most relevant, and I have selected that one, preliminarily. I would do that and substitute weighted carries for the speed training. How does that sound?
I plan to start the skiing at the start of 2023, so I have some time, but have already started (well, never stopped). I should be pretty decent already, with an AeT of about 152 bpm. If anything, I am having trouble getting my ferritin levels up (currently 42 ng/ml). I feel good about the evolution up until now, but I want to turn up the intensity dial intelligently. My Ambit Run 3 seems to log everything well enough and already helps me to decide when my next workout should be and I pay attention to my diet and stress load. I work out when I feel good, and 6 hours training per week feels easy. I would like to add more structure.
Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
PS: I am looking for some more partners for this endeavor, if the idea sounds fun to you.