Originally Posted by Condition
Jesus, I sound like a broken record here replying to myself all on my own here!
But the old proverb "when the student is ready the teacher will appear" always pops up in my professional life! Was actually having a look over 2XU products for an athlete of mine and came across this article!http://www.athlete2-0.com/5-Exercises-1-X-Secret-Tip-Improve-Skiing-Performance/
It's from Troy Flanagan, Ph.D. , High Performance Director, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Yes the high perf, director of S and C for USSA, a doctor.
So some good info about the "slow" muscle contractions that skiing needs, but the crucial part is...
The SECRET TIP:
Aerobic training for an anaerobic sport!
Now I'd still argue that ski racing especailly the speed events is not anaerobic dominant, and I'd be confident in debating that position with anyone of any education. But the critical passage in the article is very relevant to this discussion!'Now several studies have shown that in a two minute all-out exhaustive exercise bout, over half of your ATP energy produced in the muscles is done by the aerobic system.Recently, we've really worked on aerobic fitness to complement our training. It’s not uncommon for athletes to gently cycle for at least an hour per day in order to build and maintain their aerobic base. The difference in our athletes’ abilities to finish off a race strongly and to recover very quickly between runs on training days was significant.So what does this mean for the weekend warrior? If you want to improve your ability to last a long run and to back up for many runs in a day or even several days of skiing in a row, then aerobic training can really help out."From the horses mouth so to speak!
Because there is still time for many to get started with some structured training for the season, including the aerobic work recommended by the USST, this bears repeating. As Troy Flanagan says, "...the last 30 seconds of a race is primarily aerobic.". That's one all out race effort, not one of many recreational ski runs.
It bears mention that downplaying the critical, lynchpin role of the aerobic system is a current fad. The reason the USST, the Austrians, the French, etc dont do this is that they need results. It is similar to the cosmetic gym focus on unstable surface training, where there is ample research that outside the confines of rehab and some very targeted proprioceptive work, that most unstable surface training is counterproductive. But, fads are fun to ne part of.