This year Marcialonga turns 50! On the 29th of January 2023 the international event will officially kick off proving to be once again the cross-country ski race which has brought, for over half a century, professional cross-country skiers from around the world to meet up in the most iconic ski-tracks of Trentino Alto Adige.
At Sportful, we feel deeply linked to it since its first edition when our founder Giordano Cremonese raced it, dressing in revolutionary ski clothing selfmade for the occasion. 50 years later we are still excited to be there and we sure hope you will join us too. Of course, such a tough event can be frightening at first glance and this is why we have some tips for you.
NORDIC SKIING RACE PREPARATION AND STRATEGIES
When it comes to cross-country skiing races, it’s all about training. Consistency is key and being dedicated will make you do huge improvements. To maximize the effort a well thought training plan to follow and some cross training all over the year will be rewarding.
TRAINING PLANS FOR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING RACES
For the preparation of the Marcialonga, as well as all longer races, you should have at least a 3-month plan.
Before you start, be aware that continuity and perseverance are much more important than duration. In addition to this, a cross-country skier has to deal with the seasonality of the sport. On this topic a pretty straight forward rule applies: no snow, no problems.
To ensure progresses both in technique and strength there are many different types of effort to train without proper skiing. In the initial preparation phase, so in spring/summer, the optimal training is running or Nordic running. These two disciplines are able to increase the aerobic endurance and the strength in the arms, two pivotal forces that can significantly overturn the result of the performance. In addition to these, one of the practices most appreciated by cross-country skiers is Ski Roll as it is closer to the movement of nordic skiing to improve the technique. These types of workouts, combined with a gym preparation will be the fundamental starting point to face the first winter training sessions.
As soon as the snowflakes are there and the track will finally turn white, you can go wild and put together all the strength and technique developed.
MARCIALONGA: 50th EDITION
Now that you know all the tips on how to approach the next Marcialonga, you just have to get started for the next edition. Choose the track that best suits you, for more information on the track of the 50th edition of Marcialonga