Our training starts in November (snow training in December) so there's a while yet before I'm going to have anything to say about that. I'm still doing the tail end of triathlon training, plus the usual Masters swim workouts. I also just started going to track with my triathlon club (and our new one-percent-body-fat coach, Kenrick) which is a blast, although hard; maybe I'll actually beat 10 minute miles one of these days.
So anyway, while I'm not training yet for the ski race, I *am* psyching myself for it by reading any number of inspiring tales of major athletes. Here are some of my favorites in case you're interested too:
*Number one best* of all time psych-yourself book for swimming, cycling and running:
Zendurance: A Spiritual Guide for Endurance Athletes (Paperback)
This guy has thought of reasons to love your workouts I'd never have imagined, and every one of the things he's come up with is 1000% true. (Plus I've been practicing Zen for 13 years now and it's a true joy to be able to so completely associate my practice with my athletic life). I fantasize about moving to Lake Placid to train with him and take his workshops.
Number one best book about both cross-country skiing (and the personal issues involved in endurance athletics ):
Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously by Bill McKibben
I've read this one twice.
Interesting book about Olympic level ski training that has convinced me I'm better off never having had any athletic talent whatsoever:
Endless winter: An Olympian's journal by Luke Bodensteiner