|The Milan Baic Clinic Series|
February 3, 2004December 29 was the first of three Monday night pre-Vasa clinics given by Milan Baic at Timber Ridge in Traverse City. The audience was as targeted – mostly inexperienced racers, with a few grizzled veterans. The tone was easy going and supportive. Milan is a terrific ambassador of health in general, and Nordic ski racing in particular.
February 8, 2004Milan Baic's eagerly anticipated clinic #2 happened Monday night, January 2. We spent about 45 minutes on a hands-on waxing session, with Milan demonstrating and each of us prepping our skis. Then it was snow time.
March 6, 2004 - By Bob EiflerMilan Baic's racers spend the clinic learning about what to do in the days leading up to the race, race day preparation, and how to have a good start...
Milan Baic's eagerly anticipated clinic #2 happened Monday night, January 2. It started with some administrative bits. Then Milan passed out a handout, including "Milan's Guide to Waxing" (more on that later).
As expected, Milan asked how many students were keeping a training log...and was delighted that most attendees were now keeping one. He is now in a high volume phase, with a weekly total 14.5 hours and 187km. He explained that now is the time for big miles and quality training - probably leaving you feeling a little dogged and ragged before races set in again.;
We spent about 45 minutes on a hands-on waxing session, with Milan demonstrating and each of us prepping our skis, although only one of us had never done it before. Here are some waxing highlights:
I was the last one out on the trail. Conditions were super: a little below freezing, firm, and fast. Milan gave some spot corrections and insisted (again) that we all practice the Open Field Skate.
Getting back to the training log, Milan admonished us to incorporate speed and power to our workouts. "Don't just put miles in. That makes you just a tourist." Milan reminded us about racing in the Tuesday night sprints at Timber Ridge and Hardwood Hills. (See the Calendar). The sprints are a good way to practice speed and power!
Next week, the grand finale: Strategy, pack for a race, AND A TIME TRIAL!