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The ABC of race preparation for cross-country skiers

Long-distance cross-country skiing demands perseverance, rigorous preparation, and familiarity with the course conditions. Success requires athletes to hone their technical skills, establish a strong endurance foundation, and engage in speed and stamina exercises. Beyond physical training, nutrition and mental preparation play essential roles in optimizing performance for race day. This article outlines key aspects of competition readiness to achieve optimal condition. Cross-country ski race preparation encompasses many aspects, from training to ski selection and proper nutrition.

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The ABC of race preparation consists of five important parts. The first part is comprehensive training, of course, weeks and days before the races. The second part involves equipment and waxing and their correct selection. The third is nutrition before, during, and after races, especially if other long-distance skiing events are ahead. The fourth includes rest and recovery in general from winter training stress and individual intense training sessions before the race. The fifth is mental preparation for the race and removing unnecessary tension.


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