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12 Week Beginner Backcountry/Ski Mo Pre-Season Plan


Cascade Endurance

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

This 12-week plan is designed to take the beginner/intermediate endurance athlete toward a great season in the mountains, whether for backcountry ski touring or ski-mountaineering/randonee racing.

At a minimum you should be able to run 45-60min and train 4-5x per week to begin this plan. Access to hilly terrain is a great benefit but many people have followed these training prescriptions in flat country, utilizing treadmills, stair masters and tall buildings as their vertical.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
06:13:00 04:00:00
Strength x2
01:25:00 01:00:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Other x1
00:04:00 00:10:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
06:13:00 04:00:00
01:25:00 01:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:04:00 00:10:00

Training Load By Week

Cascade Endurance

Cascade Endurance

Endurance coaching and strength training for the mountains. We coach trail runners, ultrarunners, skiers, climbers, and mountain enthusiasts of all abilities to reach their goals through personalized training.

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  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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