We have developed a naming system for
training groups. They are all the names of peppers: Bell,
Banana, Cayenne, Jalapeno, and Habanero. This training
has been specially designed for you in order to help you
make the next step in your training. Training is like a
staircase or ladder, if you jump from one step and skip
the next one you will shortly become over tired, if you
take the steps in the manner that they are designed you
will move up easily and effectively. If you are a Bell
doing the training for a Jalapeno will
you faster! Every training group is focused on what that
group needs at that time. These are designed to help everyone
reach their potential while avoiding under training or
Bell - Ages 13-15 or Individuals
who have never trained consistently for an endurance sport.
This training is designed to develop the basic skills and
training base to support more specific ski training later.
This training should be fun and consist of things that the
athletes would like to do anyway. Very little ski specific
training is done, this is just the beginning of learning
about your body, training logs, training schedules, etc.
Just get out there and have fun!
15-18 or Individuals who have not been following a regular
training schedule and have generally been logging less
than 3 to 4 hours a week of training will usually be assigned
to this group. Training for this group is designed to improve
general fitness level and enable athletes to become a Cayenne
Cayenne - Ages 15-18 or
Individuals who have been following a regular training
schedule but have generally been logging less than 4 to
5 hours a week of training will usually be assigned to
this group. Training for this group is designed to improve
general fitness level and enable athletes to become a Jalapeno.
Jalapeno - Individuals who
have recently participated in some type of competitive sport
and or who are training regularly (daily jogs , bikes, hikes,
etc...) are generally assigned to this group. Young athletes
who are new to the UW Nordic program, regardless of previous
training and fitness level, are often also assigned to this
group. The training for this group is designed to allow
fit athletes to get into racing shape and possibly become
Habanero: This group is designed
for athletes who have been following a regular training
schedule for at least 1 year. They have been logging their
hours and monitoring their heart rates and usually train
more than 6 hours per week. Training for this group is designed
to improve race performance / results.