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Spring skiing with the best

Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch
Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch

Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch

What do the best skiers in the world do in the spring?

Reigning Junior World Champion Marte Mæhlum Johansen (NOR) shares her favorite spring workouts.

“My favorite spring workout is either the last real race of the season where you just dig into your last resources after a long race season. After that last race, you feel so perfectly ready for off-season. I also love long crust cruising tours in the mountains where you feel that the sun warms your face,” Johansen says.

This weekend, Johansen will race the final Norwegian Cup races of the season and the second part of the Norwegian National Championships. After that, she plans on entering some more races and fun events, depending on her schedule.

“I try to stretch the ski season as long as possible. So after the race season is over, I just go out and cruise in the mountains, and the entire month of April is generally really good. But after the race season, I don’t have a set training program. I just ski a lot and just do whatever sounds good,” Johansen says, adding that the 2017-18 ski season formally starts on May 1.

“We start the basic training for the next season in May, but where I live, we often have skiing far into May as well, and I don’t put away the skis until all the snow is gone,” she says.

“Sjusjøen is my absolutely favorite place to ski from early fall and well into May, but its also one of the best places for dryland training. I feel really lucky to live here.”

Bonus: Every kilometer logged on snow this spring contributes to build a solid foundation for future seasons.

Marte Mæhlum Johansen won the skiathlon at the FIS Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, USA, in February. Photo: Madshus

Marte Mæhlum Johansen won the skiathlon at the FIS Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, USA, in February. Photo: Madshus

Fall Favorites

Heidi Weng (NOR)
powering her way to the finish at the final stage of 2015 Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: NordicFocus
Heidi Weng (NOR) powering her way to the finish at the final stage of 2015 Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: NordicFocus

Heidi Weng (NOR) powering her way to the finish at the final stage of 2015 Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: NordicFocus

Heidi Weng (NOR) shares a couple of her favorite fall workouts.

The 24-year-old moved into the World Cup podium last season and is chasing her first individual World Cup victory this season as well as the overall Tour de Ski podium.

To get there, Weng spends a lot of time on both long easy distance workouts as well as hard intensity sessions. Here are two of her favorite workouts for the fall:

  1. Moosehuf/bounding intervals:
    “Hard bounding intervals on steep terrain are the workouts I love to hate. I love these intervals because I know they work, and they really challenge me. But I hate them because they are so hard. My legs fill up with lactic acid from the get-go,” Weng explains.
  2. Long rollerski workouts:
    “I love going for long roller ski workouts near my parents’ house in Enebakk. There is hardly any traffic there, and the terrain is perfect for long workouts. It’s not too steep, but perfectly rolling and never boring. But it’s not too twisty and there are no really long downhills. I don’t like long downhills. At the same time, it’s impossible to do hard intensity workouts on this terrain, for the exact same reasons,” Weng explains.

    Heidi Weng left everyone far behind as she paraded into victory on the uphill race Lysebotn Opp during the 2015 Blink Summer Ski Festival. Photo: Blink

    Heidi Weng left everyone far behind as she paraded into victory on the uphill race Lysebotn Opp during the 2015 Blink Summer Ski Festival. Photo: Blink

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