During the last 20 days my preparation took place in one of the best places for Nordic Disciplines training- Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria. This little village is located in the area of Steiermark, only 10 km away from one of the best Alpine skiing areas in Austria- Schladming. Every fall this charming village welcomes a big part of the Nordic Sports ( cross- country skiing, nordic combined and biathlon) world elite.
The reason this place is so attractive for the skiers is the Dachstein glacier ( 2700 m above sea level). The glacier holds snow all year long. The village itself also offers perfect training conditions- ski jump, specially built track for roller skiing with shooting range, several perfectly equipped gyms and a swimming pool. To me Ramsau is a very special place and this year was my 10th in a row for preparation there.
The main reason most of the athletes go there is to step on ski for first time for the season. The trainings are monotonous, with low-intensity and long duration (3-4 hours) on the glacier and short workouts with much greater intensity on the ski track , as well as in the gym.
To most of the athletes the day starts with a workout on the glacier, followed by a second one- cross, biking, roller ski and different power exercises.
To me the training camp was divided on three parts. The first- I tried to ski more with light second rehabilitation trainings. The second part, I reduced the amount of skiing to normal (1.30 to 2 hours) and tried to make more power workouts. The third- the length of my skiing trainings was reduced to 1.20 to 1.40 hours, but at the expense of second trainings with high intensity.
The training camp was beneficial and brought me satisfaction with this stage of my preparation.