This is our biggest period of the year. We are going to get after it with both intensity and volume increases. Take advantage of the start of fall and enjoy the changing colors while you are training hard. You will notice this coming week we are going to do a lactate tolerance work out, this work out will be a bit shorter in duration, but very tough. We are also going to transition out of paddling and into other cross training options. Good luck getting after it!!!
ABOUT THE COACH:
Alayna grew up in Minnesota and was cross country skiing by age three. She grew up racing in the Minnesota High School League and in CXC programs, winning a national junior title and skiing on scholarship for the University of Vermont. Her breakthrough race came at this year’s Slumberland American Birkebeiner where she took her first major win.
Throughout her ski career she has been a leader, including team captain for UVM. She has also dedicated herself to giving back to her sport, volunteering as guest coach for Special Olympics, Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont and the Minnesota Youth Ski League. She received multiple honors from UVM in her senior year of 2018.
CXC has named noted Central Region native Alayna Sonnesyn (Plymouth, Minn.), the 2019 American Birkebeiner champion to its team of CXC Academy coaches offering targeted online training to cross country skiers. Sonnesyn, a CXC native who now skis for the Stratton Mountain School T2 Elite Team, will be advising through a series of videos covering general training advisory, ski technique and user Q&As.