Mental Skills for Racing: Visualization

Lenzi leaving for a boot-pack in front of Jornet. ISMF photo.

Mental training is a commonly overlooked aspect of preparation for athletic competition. At best, most of us use only a few mental skills to cope with … [Read more...]

How to Taper and Peak for Your Goal Skimo Race: Volume, Intensity, Recovery…

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After months of training, it can be daunting when the time finally comes for your big race. While it’s not possible to ‘make’ your race by … [Read more...]

Guide to Overtraining for Mountain Athletes: What it is, Symptoms, Causes, Effects, Treatment, and Prevention

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We originally published this post in November 2013 but it with the new season at our door it is highly relevant. As highly enthusiastic mountain … [Read more...]

Copying Kilian Jornet is Likely Not Ideal for Our Performance and Health

If we can think of Performance (personal goals) and Health as consequences of the four factors in blue then we can see that health is more important than performance in the long run because it directly affects many aspects of the whole training process. (But pretty much everything is linked together whether directly or indirectly.)

This article is not only for mature and young athletes but for their parents as well. Without a doubt, Kilian Jornet has been the most influential … [Read more...]

Book announcement: Manual for Ski Mountaineering Racing is coming soon

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It has been over a year since Eric and I started working on an idea I have been thinking about for a while. Today, we would like to present you with a … [Read more...]

Review of Hydrapak SoftFlask: Practical little helper

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Hydrapak SoftFlask quick overview: Usual full price: $13.99 USD Weight: 24 g (250ml Energy Flask) Pros: Light, Versatile, No Waste, Ease of … [Read more...]

Using Heat Training to Improve Performance

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What is Hyperthermic Training? We are all well aware of the negative effects that heat can have on race performance. Body temperature is one of many … [Read more...]