Uphill Athlete 16 Week Beginner/Intermediate SkiMo Racing Training Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 07:41
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 07:41
Training Load By Week

This is the minimal plan that we recommend for those who are at the early stages of Skimo racing and have a goal of competing in short-duration (sub 4 hour) SkiMo races. This 16 week pre season plan progresses gradually but will require considerable effort to complete. It is primarily a dry land based program so that you can hit the snow in good shape and for those who do not live close to snow. The endurance workouts can be done on snow if you have access.. It is not for a novice as it starts off with over 6 hours of required training per week and peaks at 10 hours per week. The program starts with a volume based plan of building basic endurance and general strength. After 8 weeks there is an increase in the aerobic intensity. Finally there will be a taper period leading into the first race.

To make the best use of this plan: Familiarize yourself with the training concepts and principles described in the book "Training for the New Alpinism". Pay particular attention to the notions of Continuity, Gradualness and Modulation. Tips: Rest when you are tired. If you miss a workout do not try to make it up. Just move on. If you miss more than 2 in a week then repeat that week. Do not increase the intensity and hope to gain more benefits or to squeeze a 1 hour workout into 30 minutes. There is no short cut when it comes to aerobic adaptation.

The plan starts with an Aerobic Threshold assessment test. From this you will establish the training intensity limit for most of the aerobic base training that will dominate in the overall plan but especially in the first 8 weeks. The first 8 weeks also includes a basic strength program to prepare you for the harder work to follow.

This plan has proven successful for beginner to intermediate SkiMo racers who used it properly to compete at regional levels. It is not designed for those already well trained in Skimo or mountain running. If you are winning local races or competitive in National or International level events this plan will be too basic for you.

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Sample Day 1
Start of Transition Phase Aerobic Threshold Test

The first 4 weeks of this plan are meant to help you transition into a regular, structured training program. They are primarily meant to prepare you for the harder work ahead and may not feel particularly challenging in the initial weeks.

We start with a 40min Run or hiking Aerobic Threshold test.

Sample Day 2
Core and General Strength

1x core routine and 1x general strength from Training for the New Alpinism book.

Sample Day 3

Run/hike on rolling terrain

Sample Day 4
Recovery Run/Jog/Walk

This should be a very easy run/hike on flats. HR should be well below AeT. (AeT minus 10-15bpm)

Sample Day 5
Core and General Strength

1x core routine and 1x general strength from Training for the New Alpinism book. For details on these routines see the attachments in week 1.

Sample Day 6
Aerobic Threshold Run/Hike

Aerobic Threshold Run/hike. Run/jog/walk at a pace you can maintain while breathing through your nose (assuming your nose is clear)

Sample Day 7
Hike on Hilly Terrain

Run/Hike on hilly terrain, vertical gain minimum of 1,000ft. This can be an approach/descent from a moderate alpine objective. Keep the intensity low on both the approach and climb in this early period.

Uphill Athlete by Steve House and Scott Johnston
Uphill Athlete LLC.

What originally inspired us to write Training for the New Alpinism, and what inspires us to continue to share the things we’ve discovered through Uphillatlete.com, is the information void when it comes to specialized training for endurance mountain sports. We have successfully demonstrated a more systematic approach, using proven principles, to help you improve both your chances of achieving your goals, and your long-term fitness and safety in whatever mountain sport you are practicing.