After a reasonably challenging October, we were all set to back off a bit and have a nice easy rest week to open November. For most of the week, we followed this plan - easy runs and rollerskis close to campus, leaving plenty of time for rest and schoolwork catch-up. We did have one threshold workout that was slightly tougher than planned for some skiers - it was a skate rollerski alternating between 2 min at threshold and 30 seconds easy skiing. The short intervals allowed us to go faster than we usually would in a threshold session, but the cumulative effect of skiing fast for lots and lots of short intervals was pretty fatiguing. That's OK - at this point in the season the skiers need to be moving fast more than they need to be rigidly adhering to the target training zone.
On Sunday, we radically departed from the "easy week" theme - since we'd had a very short practice during the snowstorm last Sunday, we moved our long OD workout to this Sunday. We did a 2 hour "no V1" skate rollerski followed by a 1.5 hour run on the Pineland trails - a pretty solid piece of training, and our longest OD of the fall (outside of camps). I was thrilled with how the team looked in this workout (and for the last few weeks overall) - very fit and focused, and technically solid. Great, great stuff.
One other important note: Chris and Wilson stopped by a local orchard to provide the team with a donut feed - gold stars for them. I'll try to post some donut footage when I have a chance.