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Nordic Skiing sessions begin 01 Dec
For Adults 18+ (Parents are welcome to bring teenagers 16+ and we will coach them for FREE)
All sessions are your choice of either classic or skating technique.
SCHEDULE SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
TUESDAYS SKI TRAINING 6:25pm to 8pm "Train to race" group workout skate skiing. Normally consists of a variety of interval and intensity sessions to develop power and strength. Place: TBD www.trirudy.com. This workout has a training focus for novice to expert skiers. You are strongly advised to show up early and warm up a bit before the Tuesday workout. The complete “Nordic Skiing Technique and Training” curriculum is published on DVD/download from www.xczone.tv
WEDNESDAYS FREE SNOWSHOEING 6:30pm-8pm group workout snowshoeing. Normally the training consists of a variety of Fartlek or varied pace(run/hike) and terrain (slowest folks are approx 4kph). Discover a new snowshoe trail every week. Place: TBD www.trirudy.com
THURSDAYS SKIMO 18:25hrs Training at camp fortune or special events like ice skating, backcountry, orienteering, ski in pot luck dinners, spa, adventure etc.
SATURDAY TEAM TRAINING XC SKIING at 9am-12 AND virtual SNOWSHOEING in teh PM. We also use this time to have special events or clinics. Place: TBD www.trirudy.com
SUNDAY AM LONG DISTANCE 9am-12 distance training for intermediate+ racers. Place: TBD posted on www.trirudy.com
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We will spice-up the sessions with optional special events and activities:
We will run a number of special clinics and training camps this season on Saturday afternoons:
Press HERE for more details of our ski clinics.
“I moved to Ottawa five years ago from Calgary for graduate studies with some hesitation that I would miss the Rockies. As soon as snow fell I discovered the great skiing in Gatineau park, but soon got bored of skiing on my own and not having anyone to push me. Two years ago I found Natural Fitness Labs which was exactly what I wanted, a chance to improve my ski technique, gain fitness and meet people with common interests. Going out for a good ski or run is a great stress relief, especially when your thesis seems to be sliding off a cliff. I will soon be moving from Ottawa and one of things I will miss the most is this group. Thanks Dave and Lise!!!” - Nicholas Utting
Lynne Bermel, Ottawa Sun Newspaper -
"Last weekend, Dave McMahon was on one of his favorite trails in the Gatineau Park when he ran into a cross country skier who had crashed on a downhill. The skier had failed to negotiate a corner that had been snowploughed down to the gravel. The skier ended up with a few broken parts to show for it.
That caused McMahon to wonder how many others were risking injury, broken equipment and a few bruised egos because they didn’t know how to take the down hills properly.
True to form, McMahon didn’t stop there.
The next day, the former biathlon champion turned cross country ski coach and film producer, was on the Net, inviting anyone he knew to a special “crash course” on proper descending techniques.
He’s running that course at Camp Fortune tomorrow the latest in his long line of programs and instructional offerings he’s developed over the years to teach people about cross country skiing as well as adventure racing, trail running and mountain biking sports he affectionately calls “clean oxygen fed activities.”
“I’ve always been into sports that tax the cardio and muscular systems. You can’t find a better all over body workout than cross country skiing,” says McMahon, whose adult Nordic ski program that he runs with wife Lise Meloche, a two time Olympian, has grown to 400 members and is one of the largest in the country.
“Cross country is all terrain skiing. What goes down must go up,” he says. “Not to knock alpine skiing, but let’s just say the return on investment is a lot higher than riding a chair lift.”
They live less than 200m from the edge of the Gatineau Park. For the last 20 years, when they haven’t been working he’s a full time engineer at Bell Canada and she is a high school teacher - they’ve rarely been out of it... and
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