|View from the top of my run today on Pyramid|
The Tour of Anchorage cross country ski race takes place next Sunday, and I'm all ready to race in it. Despite the warm winter I actually got in a lot of training - more than I did in 2009/2010 when I last did the 40K race. As I said in an earlier post I am going to do the 40K race on classic skis.
In the past, when I've raced in the 25K classic race my pace was around 3 1/2 minutes per kilometer. At that pace I'd do 40K in around 2:24. Except I KNOW I could not go at that pace for a full 40K. So my goals are a bit more modest - I want to average a kilometer every 4 minutes. That's 5K every 20 minutes, and would get me across the finish line in 2:40. Even that is a bit ambitious. So I'll be REALLY happy if I break 2:40, and satisfied if I finish in under 3 hours.
Anyway, today was my last day of training. From now until the race I'll take it easy and save up some energy. This afternoon I climbed up Pyramid and went downhill skiing. It was the first time I've been downhill skiing in 3 weeks. Patrick
|The snow conditions were actually pretty good for downhill skiing|