Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
As many here already know I am in the middle of some explorations about the practice of practice. In most cases threads about training generally focus on physical fitness but this is only half of what we can do in preparation for the new season. What we do to develop a stronger and more confident attitude can have a profound effect upon our skiing. I am curious if anyone else works on developing better task focus, emotional states, self confidence?
Beginning with how we approach physical fitness and our attitudes about the work we are about to do, I wonder if that exercise is eagerly anticipated, or if like so many folks it is simply a means to an end and simply tolerated. How we describe our feelings about that training often can be an indication of how we feel about the sport itself.
a. See that training as an opportunity to get better, stronger, etc. Do you focus strongly on staying in the moment and whatever task you are doing?
b. See that training as necessary and while training you read a book, or listen to music but don't really exert much mental energy focused on the activity.?
c. See that training as necessary but boring. You do it but find it necessary to talk yourself into finding the time, or starting a program in the first place.
D. See that training as necessary but avoid it out of boredom, or worse do nothing physical prior to going skiing. A typical attitude where we convince ourselves that we can ski ourselves into shape, or simply don't care since we only ski a few days a year anyways.
e. See that training as too time consuming and find any excuse to avoid it.
I would add an "f" category.
f. Deep down inside I'm an A but this frickin' job is sucking the life out of me and is preventing me from working out.
I finally took a couple vacation days just to catch my breath and get some chores done around the house. A short day has been 10 hours but most have been closer to 12 and some as many as 16. I'm trying to get things organized in a way that will enable me to do A or at least B. I even gave up drinking for 30 days (pray for me) in hopes of it helping jump start things like dropping all the weight I put on from eating sometimes as many as three meals a day at work and/or not having dinner until 9:30 at night, not to mention the stress eating I've done (woe is me, life sucks but the pay is good ). I've dropped 5# and would like to drop at least another 10#, preferably 15.
This post is timely as it just hit me today that what will probably be the start of my second week on skis, I need to ski 9 days straight! Usually I don't worry about such things as I stay in good enough shape to get through something like that where I work (1000' vertical). Then it hit me that 5 of those days are at Killington (3000' vertical) and day 6 and 7 I'll be taking the L2 skiing exam. Not the time to be tired so now is the time to make sure to focus.
Also, though my training tends to be more ski focused, I don't do it just for skiing. I do it for me. If I wasn't ever (God forbid) to ski again, I would still work out with the same intensity. It's one of the reasons I like yoga so much. It's good for skiing and it's good for me. I plan on living for quite a while and I want to stay active as long as possible.
If I didn't have to work and money wasn't a consideration, I would have a workout routine and coaching to make Bode jealous. I enjoy working out and always have. I've always liked endurance training and enjoyed the self satisfaction of being able to go further and sometimes also faster than many; mostly just further. Those days are behind me but I so still like a challenge. It is one of the things I miss about the Marine Corps.
I do listen to music when working out but it isn't out of boredom. I like music and I pick songs that either help me keep a pace or I find fun or motivational. I do have a wondering mind (pretty sure I have ADD) and it helps me keep focus when doing repetitive workouts like, rowing, stationary bike and swimming. I had to change the music for swimming as it brought me to the closest of having a heart attack since getting out of the Marines. The music was way too fast a pace for me (after 30 minutes of swimming in an outdoor pool, I could feel myself overheating and sweating).
Next week I'm back to getting up at 0400 so I can get at least an hour of working out in each day. If that means I have to work a 10 hour day instead of a 12 or 13 hour day; sobeit.
Sorry for the rant and whining. Mixed in there is what I meant to say.
Edited by L&AirC - 9/26/14 at 3:29pm