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Sprints and musing from Huron Meadows

Sat, Jan  28, 2012 - By Mike Muha

Almost everyone is up at the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, but there were a few of us who remained down south for various reasons. Three of us headed over to Huron Meadows Metropark to ski on the man-made snow, the only skiable snow in southeast Michigan.

The 0.4K loop made a perfect interval loop. Because it was in the woods, we were protected from the increasing winds. The trail had a firm base several inches thick, covered by an inch of new dense snow. The rain from yesterday made the base damp but firm, great for skating. A good track had been set for classic skiing.

We started out doing 1 lap intervals with a three minute rest. The first was skating without ski poles, the second a doublepole-only lap, and the third a normal skate with poles. It was interesting to see who was faster in one style than another. I could skate without poles faster than I could doublepole, while it was the opposite for Tony and Doug. We all took time off the lap when we skated with poles.

  Skate
No Poles
1 Lap
Doublepole
1 Lap
Skate
1 Lap
Skate
2 Laps
Skate
3 Laps
Tony Percha 2:01 1:52 1:45 3:50 5:53
Doug Heady 1:53 1:48 1:36 3:19 5:06
Mike Muha 1:53 2:09 1:49 4:00 6:15

Then we skated a two lap interval then a three lap interval. Pace per lap below: 

  Pace
1 Lap
Pace
2 Laps
Pace
3 Laps
Tony Percha 1:45 1:55 1:58
Doug Heady 1:36 1:39.5 1:42
Mike Muha 1:49 2:00 2:05

Doug had the most consistent time per lap, and the least variation between legs-only and arms-only.

Me? Train your weaknesses. Looks like more doublepoling is in my future...