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Thigh burns on the easiest runs

post #1 of 6
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Took my annual ski trip last week and even though i am dreadfully out of shape, managed to ski close to 5-6 hours (excluding lunch) for 4 straight days.

I would have figured that the harder runs would have been the most tiresome, but that is definately not the case. Turns out that the most tiring runs every day were the relatively flat return runs at the end of the day. Nothing in four days caused so much pain as what I thought would be simple green runs.

I would have thought that it was because it was the end of a long day, but on day 3 I took one to the bottom to meet my boys fro lunch and it was terrible.

Any suggestions to keep this from happeneing next year?
post #2 of 6
Maybe you get "locked" into one position? Like standing too upright?
post #3 of 6
I vote with BG - it's staying too too long in one position. I had a discussion with my instructor at Whistler a couple years ago about this. I had a tendency to just statically cruise down the long runouts and cat tracks, and was getting thigh burn.

She said that it was from not moving enough. It's harder to stay in one semi-bent position than it is to keep moving, working the legs independently, raising and lowering some, like you would on more challenging terrain.

Tried it and made a difference. So I tend to just keep carving or play with different turn styles when I get down to the runouts.

Just my experience, from a not-too-great skier (me) but coming from quite a good instructor.
post #4 of 6
I've experienced this also especially on flatish trails. I think the static position does somehow cause it. Lito Tehada-Flores writes about this in his book and he feels much of it is due to even constant weighting of both feet verses the dynamic movements we usually use. You're not alone in experiencing this. skidoc
post #5 of 6
I notice that long cat tracks can be somewhat fatiguing. I try to practice railroad turns or someother technique just so I don't waste the time and because if I on an edge, even making gentle turns, I'm less likely to loose attention, catch and edge , and fall. Going over on the flats can be worse than on steeper terrain.
post #6 of 6
Everyone's echoed what I would look at...any degree of static stance, particularly since
you're not starting out YOUR season...slowly!...and increasing your time and exercises
gradually.... It's no different than scheduling a marathon run the first time off the
HagenDaaz couch.
What works for personX will differ from personY's routine, but using a mixed bag of movement early in the day at least gets more muscles involved..hence better circulation...better breatheing..etc...and a more relaxed day.
Also keep in mind the old "Offensive Intent" scheme for staying relaxed.
By adopting a "relaxed" frame of mind...expecially in that first morning of the season...
it's very easy to get caught in the "slipping into defensive" mode of skiing which eventually leads to you adopting that static stance when some uneven terrain APPEARS
around the corner...

gotta make those initial outings real games.....no matter how you ski..
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