Martin Jaks is back in training and ready for Tour de France

15 July 2013 00:00
Czech skiers at rollerski workout
Czech skiers at rollerski workout -
Czech Ski Association

Czech Cross-Country skiers finished their second summer training camp on the snow, they spent 10 days in Oberhof, Thuringia forest. Martin Jaks has been catching up after a three-week break caused by tonsillitis and is going to support his brother in law Roman Kreuziger at the Tour de France. 

“I would like to roller ski, we will see. I hope I can keep up the pace on the bike,” Jaks says. Jaks is taking his wife Helena and daughter Šarlote and together they are heading in a camper to France. “We have old bikes suites and I still have my old road bike but my brother in law has a complete Saxo Bank kit with a bike,” Jaks says for

Jaks will take part in the first training camp of the off-season in Liberec at the end of July. His main goal is to catch up the training deficit. After the camp in Dachtein he got sick. “I had sore throat and went home. I had to see a doctor, pills did not work and at the end I was out for three weeks,” he explains.

Jaks is solving never-ending health issues by a immunological treatment. “I had my blood checked, they found something. It will take a long time but we are working on it,” Jaks reveals.

Jaks started the preparation in an easy way and joined the rest of the team five days later.  “I took part in all workouts, but in lower intensity, for example I skied 90 minutes and then spent half an hour in a gym,” he describes. The rest of the team did fast trainings on the aerobic threshold.

The Czech team combined dry land training with block on snow. In Oberhof the team usually skied once a day in a ski tunnel and then trained outside. “Good thing is you do not lose the feeling on snow and at the same time is friendly to the body during hard, intensive workouts,”Jaks claims.