Skimo Racing Training Plan: 12 Weeks to Your Best Skimo Race

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Training week sample:

Here you can see how exactly the weekly plans look like:

  • Left column shows prescribed workouts
  • Right column serves as your training log
  • Red skier icon marks workouts that should be performed on skis
  • There are 2 weeks like this per page


Training Plan:
12 Weeks to Your Best Skimo Race

We designed this plan to provide you with skimo specific daily workouts that will maximize your training in the lead-up to your goal single-day race or multi-day event.

Prescribed VO2max, tempo and lactate tolerance intervals effectively blend with easy days and training races. The weekly training volume varies between 6 to 10 hours leaving you with plenty of time for family and work.

The plan was developed primarily with these races in mind – Grand Traverse, Mezzalama, Pierra Menta, The Power of Four, Wasatch Powder Keg, The Five Peaks – but will effectively prepare you for any ski mountaineering event.

Who is this plan for?

There are three main athletes that will benefit from this training plan the most:

  • Anyone that wants daily guidance in their training
  • Novice to intermediate level skimo racers
  • Time restricted athletes who need highly efficient training schedule

What if I can’t ski every day?

We are aware that not everyone that can benefit from this plan can ski every day (us included). Therefore, we defined the most critical workouts that should be completed on skis and clearly marked them in the plan. These are usually three workouts each week. All other sessions can be easily completed running, cycling or xc skiing.

How flexible is this plan?

This training plan is adaptable to your needs while still remaining very effective if you stick to three key principles outlined in the notes section of the document.

The plan is designed around the fact that majority of races happen on Saturdays. The daily and weekly training loads increase and decrease in a progression to have the greatest effect towards the goal race at the end.

How is this different from the Manual For Ski Mountaineering Racing e-book?

This 12-week plan is a highly specialized and structured training schedule providing you with daily guidance. Basically, it is the closest thing to hiring a coach – you want to know what to do and when while you don’t want to spend time on the why.

The Skimo Manual e-book is a small bible about the sport of skimo racing. It contains a lot of resources and tips that will help you improve your technique, transitions and racing strategy. It explains in great detail the physiology of endurance training in relation to skimo, and also discusses gear.

While the training plan is a stand alone resource, many people seeking to improve other aspects of their racing aside from just their engine will greatly benefit combining the two at a special price for the package!

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