Easy Week. We will continue focus on specific strength in this week. Specific strength is series of dynamic and functional exercises that will develop the muscles and motions you use when cross country skiing.
The goal of level five training defined this way is mostly neuromuscular. By training at a pace somewhat faster than race pace, but where you can still work for some time with consistent technique, you improve your efficiency at and above race pace.
Skiers talk a lot about training levels, usually numbering them one through five, but, if my experience over the past decade and a half is any indication, truly understanding when and how to use the various levels is rare.
Any racer has been in the situation where he wants or must go for a social ride, run, rollerski or hike - not optimal for training. There are two obvious solutions to this problem: decline or mix it up.
Many times we are told to do the rational thing. And this is very sound advice too, to be safe. But, at the risk of being irresponsible, let me encourage you to dismiss that advice utterly and follow that thing you love with everything you can muster.