Curious where you plan to participate in these races?
So few of them anywhere in North America!
I’ve organized a couple Vertical races previously in New England, and am organizing another this coming season, plus Eastern North America’s first-ever ISMF/Olympic-format Sprint race and also Relay race.
As for training, having participated in (IIRC) four Vertical races out West and two Sprint races:
– Vertical race is mainly characterized by its missing elements and hence sole focus on skinning. The duration is obviously shorter, but not so short that it really feels like it has different fitness demands. More like you just want a longer warm-up, and then your only ascent is treated like your final ascent of a standard Individual race.
– Sprint race is totally different. All the usual elements, plus gates of course. (Tip from former NCAA alpine race coach: initiate the turn *above* the gate, not *at* the gate! Might feel slower, but is way faster.) Totally intense, with no opportunities to make up lost time on mistakes. And the duration is so different that it feels like a different sport from a fitness perspective.
Vertical/ Sprint Races
Hello, This season I plan to compete in more vertical and sprint races. I still plan to do well in the individual races so am looking for a good strategy for training. I used the advanced 16 week skimo plan last season and will use it again. Not really having a previous season before that I quickly improved by the time race season ended. All races were in the individual format last season so less focus on speed work and more on base aerobic fitness. I know from this summer season I can handle a bigger training load than last season so I am curious If I stay true to the plan but Up the overall percentage of all mileage/time per workout(aerobic and anaerobic) would that give me more bang for my buck overall? Or by keeping the plans overall aerobic exercises true but upping the anaerobic side a bit more give me more speed? I definitely know when I’m putting too much emphasis on the speed side of things but I’ve been mostly doing base work all year long. Anyone have experience with the vertical/sprint/individual races and training suggestions? Thanks
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