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Canadian ski marathon, anybody done it?

Answered on June 02, 2012
Created October 20, 2011 at 10:19 PM

The saying "Challenge Accepted" is one of the most fun phrases to say. However, I've managed to say it once without quite knowing what I saying yes to.

I said "Challenge Accepted" to the 100 miles Canadian Ski Marathon. The longest one in the world. My longest competition (and only one besides olympic weightlifting) was a 1500m run, less than 1% of the distance covered in the CSM.

Not to mention I need to learn how to ski, or at least buy a pair of cross country skis.

Does anybody here have any tips regarding nutrition? Workouts prior to the race? Pacing? How to eat during the race? Any snack recipies containing a s*itload of calories?

I've read a bit about Colting's train low-race high method. I was thinking about giving it a try. I guess I will have to do it on the second day.

Everything will be appreciated.

Lars

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Thanks for the motivation :)

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on June 02, 2012
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Rather than worrying about conditioning or any of that stuff, what you need to do is learn how to be really efficient at skiing. I suck at skiing and I get schooled by people in much worse shape than me. Efficiency is the key with skiing. Once you learn that, then worry about specific training and nutrition routines.

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Ah, I'm just thinking of how much my legs burn after 40 km of cross country skiing, good on you for taking the challenge to try something new! For training, as a relative newbie to cross country skiing (this winter will be my third season), get those skis on as soon as possible! Its wonderful if you are already fit and healthy and brimming with vigor, but you will really, really, REALLY want to practice finding the rhythm of the skis. Once you have a smooth, methodic technique, the race will feel like a long, long meditation session. If your technique is choppy, uncoordinated, and unpracticed, the race will feel like a complete struggle. I found that taking one lesson at the beginning of each season really has helped my be mindful of my technique, and it also gives you a little confidence boost if you feel like a fish out of water when you first strap those skis on.

For snacks, I fill the pockets of my camel pack up with hard-boiled eggs, beef jerky, nuts, and a couple of mandarin oranges (good if you get a little light-headed). Nothing fancy!

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on October 21, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Lars, you can do it. Just do long skis every weekend (and shorter sessions during the week) -- if you can ski 40 or 50km in a day you'll probably pull it off. My 13-yr-old daughter and her friends (13 and 14) have done the whole CSM the past 2 years (I ski, but I have no desire to ski that far...). As for food there, there's a pretty good spread at each checkpoint, but you have to be really mindful of how much time you spend 'stopped' so you make the time cutoffs. Good luck! It's an awesome event and really well-organized.

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on October 21, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Thanks for the motivation :)

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