Fall Training Trials and Tribulations

By: Geoffrey Richards

Fall is one of the most difficult times of the year to get out of bed and out the door due to the wet and cold weather.  Geoffrey Richards tells us how he deals with the ups and downs of fall training while staying strong and healthy for the upcoming season.

What do you like about fall training?
The fall season means that I get to spend a solid block of time in Whistler resting and enjoying any nice days we get. However, it is one of the most challenging (and enjoyable) times of the year for training. As the days pass the anticipation of the coming race season(snow) grows more and more.

What don't you like about fall training?
Fall in Whistler can vary widely from year to year. However, I can always count on there being a few weeks of very wet and often cold rollerski sessions. It also means a lot of wet feet, sandy tights and a lot trips to the regeneration tubs.

What do you do to overcome your dislikes and discomforts with fall training?
Living on the coast I get used to being wet from start to finish of a training session and I always come prepared with a full change of clothes. I always keep the thought that the rain can change to snow any day and I will finally get to trade my wet and muddy rollerskis in for skis. Most importantly, I always stay positive and make sure I take a step back to remind myself how lucky I am to live and train in such an amazing area.

How does this impact your first races?
It means that we're prepared for any conditions. From rain or wet snow to soft snow conditions. As long as you're focused mentally and physically in the training; it is a much easier transition into the race season.

How did your fall training go compared to previous years?
It was a really solid couple of months of focused training. I did get sick following our September camp but after a few weeks of lightened load I was back at it with a week on frozen thunder and then back to Whistler to try and keep the technique going on rollerskis. This past fall I've been concentrating on going to each training session with a goal and going out focused and in the right mind set to get the most out of each workout.

What is your major goal for the upcoming races?
This year with U23 and World Junior Trials being combined with the first NorAms. The early season NorAms become a lot more important. The team is headed to Canmore Nov 28th for the Alberta Cup so we come into the trials races with a few practice races under our belts. One of my major goals is to pre-qualify at the first NorAms for U23 World Championships.

With our new clothing sponsor on board, I am looking forward to a great race season with new teammates, and the same great coaching and wax support.

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