Nordic Skiing vs Base Training

Thanks for your insight it nice to hear from someone with previous experience. I just didnt want divert to far away from my cycling goals.

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Nordic / ski touring is way funnier than winter Z2 rides at 5 to 0°C. So for me I only ride if there isn’t snow available.

Plus, none of my friends ride on the road at winter, they’ll rather chose ski or MTB, this last is another option.
But way better to share time with people and learn another sport than ride like a lonely wolf, putting all the eggs in one basket, it’s better for specificity and performance but who cares, you can fall, or get destroyed by covid and then all of that effort is worth nothing (happened me this year, luckly I spent most of my winter skiing the Pyrenees)

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@Matthew_Taylor did you go for it? If so please let us know how it works out for you. I just hired xc ski equipment for my kids for the coming season so I’m looking forward to the snow coming, although I’m not looking forward to the heating bills!

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Sadly for me one thing led to another and I eventaully turned it down in favor of a cycling goal I wanted to hit for a long time.

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I don’t do much XC skiing anymore, but I do have a split board and skin up about 1.5 miles every morning up the ski resort before work plus weekend tours once we get more snow.

i think I’ll keep the zwift/TR workouts as SS/vo2 over the winter with some long rides here and there. The z2 skins 70 mins have been so nice.

And then Z5 on the hills!

I know this is an old thread but I just started coaching the high school XC ski team. I will certainly lose some base fitness (goodbye daily Z2 rides) but last season I trained really well over the winter and peaked on the bike way too early. Skiing a lot is a good way to prevent that!

nah I don’t think it will throw you back 4 weeks. Sure, volume is important, but so is longevity. A break from the trainer in the UK winter sounds amazing. I used to do Nov-Feb indoors during the week and it’s just LOOOONG. I’d do the skiing, it’s incredible aerobic work. And it’s only 4 weeks, not 4 months!

Good luck, and enjoy the trip!

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I understand goals change with circumstances. One can’t do everything and consequently one has to prioritise. However, I hope you find the opportunity to try xc skiing one day. Right now we have unusually good conditions for pre-Christmas and lots of Alpine Nordic centres have managed to open. Good luck for all your sporting goals, both in and off the bike.

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