Skiing is part of my identity. Wherever I am, mountains bring me a sense of familiarity and are a source of inspiration. I was placed in ski boots around the time I started walking. For a while, I participated in competitive freestyle skiing, and briefly competed and trained at the international level. Eventually, I decided I’d had enough of the competitive routine – the focus was always on the next competition and accumulating points. The rules of those competitions were rigid and seemed, to me, designed to stymie progression and fun. I started skiing more with my friends, improved further as a skier, and had infinitely more fun just skiing for skiing’s sake. While attending Western Washington University, motivated by access to the unique terrain and mountain culture local the to Mt. Baker region, I progressed into backcountry skiing. There was no going back.
Race season is upon us and it’s important for runners to vary their programs to maintain strength and reduce the likelihood of injury. Here are a few easy tips that any runner can implement regardless of their level of experience:
High-level athletes in all sports train in a cyclical and periodized manner. This means their training changes based on where they are in relation to their season/competition. When an athlete is furthest from their season/competition, they’ll typically train with less specificity (lower intensity and more generalized) in order to build a base-level of health and fitness. They then build on that base, by increasing specificity phase by phase, as their activity approaches. They train smart, and they get results.
We’ve got four new treadmills at ZŪM, and they offer some fun features to help you get the most of your workout and enjoy the process.
These treadmills have a smooth, powerful ride and offer 15% incline as well as 3% decline. They feature a touch screen interface.
The touch screen interface comes equipped with pre-programmed workouts, and the controls are intuitive and responsive if you want to run through your own program (simple up/down buttons for speed or incline). If you’re interested in tracking your metrics, just select your workout and get started,