27 June 2016

BSS Summer Series featuring Fern Cates

Over the coming weeks we catch up with our Team Athletes and Coaches to find out how they will be spending their summer. During this series we will cover injuries, rehab, training camps, new programmes and chasing winter in the Southern Hemisphere! 


This week we speak to British XC Senior Squad Skier Fern Cates

You have spent the first part of the summer on a British Nordic training camp, how have you found it?

The first camp of the summer has been great! We've been staying in Vik, Norway, which provides a summer skiing facility of a 7km cross country ski track. It's been hard work; recording over 40hrs of running, skiing and strength training in the last 2 weeks but I've felt very lucky to be training in such an amazing location, with great people and having support of strength & conditioning and physio staff there with us. Our team also joined up with a professional Norwegian team having a camp there too, Team Telemark, to train together for some heavy interval sessions of which I found really beneficial to run and ski alongside so many top level world class athletes!

What are teams plans for the rest of the summer?

We have a busy schedule for the rest of summer! We will be spending almost half of our summer away on team camps, Next month we will be training in Scotland and then we have altitude training camps in France and Italy where we will hopefully be able to get some more time on snow over September-October before our first races of the season begin the following month.


Have you been able to take a break over the summer? If so how did you spend it?

April is known as a rest month for crosscountry skiers, and so after my final race of the season I went almost straight away to a long awaited hot holiday after having just achieved my best ever result, which helped me enjoy it even more! From May I was back to a new 850-900hr year training plan, of which most is completed over the summer months. Although I did get to go home and visit friends and family for my 21st birthday last month which felt like a nice break, although I still had a strength test to complete in the gym on the morning of my birthday and a run later on before celebrating!


What advice can you give to any skiers interested in taking up Nordic?

Do not let location put you off the sport! Growing up in Shropshire, it was very difficult to become an cross country ski athlete, but with enough determination it's possible. I would greatly recommend joining a local club- there are an increasing number of clubs and participants in the UK and I've found rollerskiing with others very important for improving! There are many very welcoming people in the cross country community that are more than willing to help new skiers and the rollerski races that take place across the country are great fun for a competitive experience, but training on snow and racing internationally is a very big and necessary step for any developing athletes!


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