Finding the Balance
Ski racing is a demanding sport. With each year, progression and level, more work is required to excel. More days and longer hours in the gym are needed to build strength and endurance during the “off-season” – which by now you’ve accepted doesn’t exist if you want to be a high level ski racer.
The hours on hours spent in the gym, hammering away at the same exercises can become somewhat monotonous. Even for the most elite athletes in any sport, gym time doesn’t always equate to fun time. It’s important to balance the necessary with the enjoyable. Having a sport or activity you enjoy outside of the gym is one of the best things for your ski racing. Whether or not your choice activity contributes to your overall fitness it contributes to something much more important, your sanity!
My favorite off-season activity is mountain biking. Besides the obvious physical benefits and the carryovers it has from alpine skiing, it plays a much more important role for me. Biking takes my mind off the stresses of training and puts a smile on my face! It’s something I can look forward to during long sessions in the gym and a place I can escape to, even when at my most fatigued. You’re only as strong as you think you are and showing up at the gym dreading your workout is not your strongest self!
Whatever it may be that works for you, keep it up, continue to find the balance between grinding in the gym and having a smile on your face!
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