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Birkie Training Plan - For Summer!

06/14/2012, 11:19am CDT
By Susan Kendrick

Follow this Month-By-Month Plan to Stay Birkie Ready

How do you train for the American Birkebeiner? Whether you are a returning skier or a first-timer, check out the Birkie Training Plan developed by our own Coach Bill Pierce and featured in Outside Magazine. The plans start in May after the Birkie and take you to the starting line of the next Birkie.

Monthly Plans - From Now Until the Birkie!

The Birkie Training Plan is posted once a month on the Birkie website with four weeks of daily, strength, balance, and skill training. You can start anytime and follow along as the plans take you right up to the Birkie.
Two Plans to Choose From

Depending on your current conditioning, how much you want to progress, or simply how much time you have to train, there are two plans to choose from. Each plan is based on the total training hours per year and is designed to meet the needs of many levels of skiers getting ready for the Birkie Skate or Classic race. Kortelopet and Prince Haakon skiers will also benefit from the training methods in these plans and can simply modifiy the days per week, repetitions, etc. to meet their needs.

_ The 320-hour plan is intended for beginner to intermediate skiers.
_ The 450-hour plan is for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Take a look at the two Birkie Training Plans for June and see which one best fits your current fitness level, goals, and time. Even if you can't incorporate every training day into your schedule, you will benefit immensely from this progression designed specifically for skiers headed for their next Birkie ... or their first!

If you have additional questions, you can email
media@birkie.com or call 715-634-5025.

Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support of the American Birkebeiner:
- Becker Law - Birkie 54K Classic
- Marshfield Clinic, Hayward Center - Kortelopet 23K
- State Bank of Drummond and Norvado - Prince Haakon 12K

About the American Birkebeiner. The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race--the legendary American Birkebeiner--The Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 88-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a lifestyle. Ski . Run . Live!

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