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Skimo - 12-week -Season Transition Plan - 8 hours/week


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Designed for EXPERIENCED skimo athletes looking to transition from cycling to skimo racing or backcountry skiing. 

Wolf Creek Sunrise

Hand-crafted by USSMA National Team Head Coach Joe Howdyshell, MS, this plan encapsulates his passion for the sport and his nation-leading knowledge of skimo coaching.

The plan provides a 12-week structured and periodized training schedule averaging 8 hours of training/week in order to maximize your performance gains. Each week contains intervals, strength, and a long weekend workout. 

Prior to using this plan, you should be able to hike/run in steep terrain for 2 hours (without feeling like you're going to die).

Purchase of this plan includes our comprehensive Skimo Training Guide, which explains how to use your training plan plus email access to Coach Joe at any time for questions that you may have about this plan, videos explanations of strength exercises, and Badass Coaching style motivation. 

Questions? Please visit our website or email Joe directly at

**Warning: Plan notes contain profanity. Why? Because we f*&ing love it.



Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Custom x5
0:39 hrs 0:20 hrs
Walk x3
3:52 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Off x2
—— ——
Strength x2
1:37 hrs 1:00 hrs
Run x1
0:46 hrs 2:00 hrs
MTB x1
1:22 hrs 2:00 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
0:39 hrs 0:20 hrs
3:52 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
1:37 hrs 1:00 hrs
0:46 hrs 2:00 hrs
1:22 hrs 2:00 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Joe Howdyshell, M.S.

Summit Endurance Academy

Hi I'm Joe! I provide consultation, training plans, and one-on-one coaching for all levels of goal oriented endurance athletes. With a diverse athletic history and a masters degree in exercise physiology, I can help you reach your potential in mountain running, ski mountaineering racing, mountain biking, road cycling, or nordic skiing. Contact me for a free consultation!

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