|My favorite local threshold training venue|
Mileage can add up (multiple short workouts)If I dont have the time to run for an hour or if I get only a few hours of "resort uphilling" (term courtesy of skimo.co) while my kids are running gates, I dont try and extend the workout and inconvenience everyone around me (especially people I like a lot like my wife, kids, etc!). I just call it good and try to squeeze in another workout later in the day.
This is supposedly not only a totally legit way to get the mileage but may even have additional health benefits. It is a concept similar to advice for back-to-back long days in ultra training.
One way I do it is getting in a 40 min run in to work and then another 40 min run home. If I just went out after work, Id get in about an hour or just over so not only do I get more mileage but it doesnt cause my training to take up too much family time in the evening when homework and basket ball practice rule (if you dont understand this last remark this blog may not be for you!).
Threshold training on skis - you dont need much snowAs mentioned in the Wolf Creek race post as well as in a few athlete interviews on skintrack.com, it seems you had better not be skimping on speed workouts if you want to up your game. Since the best workouts are sport-specific I try to ski whenever I can. However, I hate driving and burning gas just to work out as covered in this great post on missing the point on tetonsandwasatch.com. Inevitably, I either run or if the year is conducive to good snow at my house, x-country ski. I started trying to figure out ways to do threshold workouts on skis around my usual haunts and started eying a North facing pasture on my neighbors property. Luckily she is cool with someone running up and down it when there are no cows there as is the case in the winter.
Overdistancing for everyday peopleI get the whole concept of overdistancing. Basically, you want to do long zone 1 (recovery pace) workouts for about 1.5 to 2 times the distance of your races. The advantages are plenty and seem to apply to endurance events of typical skimo race length. Is this feasible for someone without tons of training time available? Im starting to think that routine overdistancing is not as easy to squeeze in as I had hoped. I can get up to 6 hours once a month and possibly 2 4-5 hour days but that is about it. I guess that is just a fact of life. That being said though, the idea of over or even just "as long as possible" distance training is obviously important so do what you can!
On a personal note, I have found it really hard to stay in zone 1 (~60% MHR) on these long days. If you have put in a good solid couple of weeks of training including long days on the weekend it is easy to convince yourself to stay in zone 2 but zone 1 is only somewhere I find easy to stay after a good 3-4 hours. Till then its a struggle!