Cross-training is fun

One of the great things about running is that, logistically speaking, it’s just about the easiest sport you can do. Put on some shoes, step out the door, and go. You can make it more complicated – I like trails – but then, I’ve been thinking about a way to get to the North Shore trails on foot or transit from my apartment – though that’s neither here nor there. This simplicity makes running a great workday activity; it’s pretty easy to work in wherever is best.

I can’t run every day, though! Hence: “cross-training”. I think that term is usually intended to mean things like swimming, cycling, cross-country skiing (a favourite one for me). On weekends, though, there’s no better way to get 8 hours of activity and leg strength in than ski touring. It doesn’t make you fast, and it doesn’t make you agile, but hoofing heavy fat skis and big plastic boots up through powder does some good things for strength and endurance.

I think that’s the main reason to do it. Strength and endurance. That knee-deep fluffy powder in the Callaghan Valley today? Really, just a distraction. This is serious training. Serious training can’t be fun, can it? Hmm… I suppose it can.

We’ll see in the spring if spending most weekends ski touring, and only making like a runner five days a week, is really good for racing and speed. If it isn’t? Well – heck, it’s a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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