ENDURANCE: Training volume drops. Training frequency (number of training outings) can remain unchanged to avoid feeling stale.
- Frequency: lower the duration of endurance training but keep the number of sessions the same.
- Duration: lower the number of sessions but keep the duration the same.
INTENSITY: sharpening intervals; fitness has been gained; intervals now are for feeling sharp and fresh, not improving fitness level.
- Peaking intervals: 3×3 minutes just below LT w/ equal recovery, followed by 3×2 minute above LT w/ equal recovery, followed by 4x30seconds all out with full recovery.
SPEED: same idea as with intervals.
STRENGTH: minimal maintenance strength if any at all.
RACE: achieving your racing goals is the focus.
PLEASE NOTE: it can be good to bump up to a high(er) volume of training between important races so long as the intensity is kept very low. Sometimes using alternative methods of training, running, cycling, etc is a good way to do this. This helps keep the skier fresh, keep the muscles “clean” and “clear.” You have to know yourself to monitor this.