After returning from his historic medal winning Winter Olympics, Johnny Spilane toured the far east, got news he is to be a daddy and got a new Moots to help him along during his summer training blocks. Not too long ago we had the chance to catch up with him and see how a Nordic Olympic athlete spends his summer training. This is what he had to say:
“The Nordic Combined training season consists of different periods all aimed at getting us to ski our very fastest during the championships or Olympics. The first block goes from May-August and it is our biggest period in terms of total hours. We won’t jump all much because our main focus is getting as big of a base as possible. During this time it is not uncommon for us to train between 20-25 hours a week. This is only xc hours and does not include time in the weight room or jumping time. In order to get in the big hours I have started spending a lot of time on road bikes. Over the last few years I have had a lot of surgeries and my body has been pretty beat up. The road bike allows me to comforatably train for 4-6 hours without feeling like a pile of mush afterwards! The other main reason I like the bike is I can maintain a constant heart rate for hours at a time. All of this adds up to a good solid base that we can start to build on. August through November is when we start doing more intensity workouts. Everything gets much shorter but much harder. During this time I do all of my intervals on rollerskis. It is as close to xc skiing as you can get without being on snow. I still ride my bike some, but mostly for easy recovery rides that are less than two hours. Once we get into November it is time to start racing!”
That sounds like a ton of good quality bike rides. Since we spoke to Johnny he has had major knee surgery to repair damage that was done during a wedding of all things. I’m sure we’ve all heard of that happening at one point or another…..he is human after all.