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A Bad Day's Skiing..

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We all know the signs.. tight, rigid body action, jerky..incomplete ski turns. Some exasperation, some irritability, deflated confidence. Despite all that, fellow skiers will always insist that "you were skiing well" that day. But you know differently. Because you know that on that day you failed to implement the very discipline you endeavour to impress on yourself, through stretching exercises, aerobic training to weight training. Controlled Rhythmic Breathing. If any sport would benefit more from controlled rhythmic breathing, surely that sport would be Recreational Skiing.
Imagine sharply inhaling pure alpine oxygen into your lungs, the oxygen being carried by blood to every major muscle group in your body.. "Yum yum" the muscles rejoice. "Lovely fresh oxygen to make us function more efficiently, to loosen us up, to expand us.."
Now imagine yourself drawing in a lungful of that oxygen an instant before negotiating a parallel turn and then exhaling in the process of completing the turn..
Imagine bracing yourself at the beginning of a steep bumpy run.. your ankles and calfs and knees and hips will need to work fluently..take control of your controlled breathing and Et Voila!
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Another excellent post by Maximus! There is an instructor at Sugarloaf, Natalie Terry, who coordinates much of her teaching with breathing patterns that blend with the turn. Is it any wonder that she is in her late 70s, yet skis faster than teenage snowboarders ride?

Some studies have shown that dysfunctional breathing can put someone in a physiological state of panic. If you ever find yourself anxious with no reason to be, check out your breathing patterns.

Ironically, even though I stress this in my fitness teaching, I need to remind myself about this on my first few runs. A mild case of cold weather asthma, along with an irregular heart beat, can make me feel paralyzed, until I say to myself .....Breathhhhhhh~~~~~

[ December 24, 2003, 08:55 PM: Message edited by: Lisamarie ]
post #3 of 8
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The same applies to me, Lisa. When my hands are cold, psychoso matically, my whole body is cold. I just tighten up like a clam and stop breathing as a sprinter does doing a 60metre dash.
I do hope you have a restful Xmas and fun-filled ski season. You have been a faithful supportive friend to me, Lisa, and I appreciate that.
I just wish you could apply your ski fitness expertise on the other side of the Atlantic. UK ski clubs badly need fitness professionals like you.. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Yes! Yes! And then you get even colder!
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Originally posted by Maximus:
The same applies to me, Lisa. When my hands are cold, psychoso matically, my whole body is cold. I just tighten up like a clam and stop breathing as a sprinter does doing a 60metre dash.
That would be a very poor sprinter. The best manage to relax and breathe easily. Check out the facial features of a sprinter in slow motion video. If the face muscles are not loose and flailing all over the place (literally), they are not doing the right thing.

By the way happy holidays Maximus!
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Happy ski holidays to you too, TomB [img]smile.gif[/img]
Unlike a middle distance runner (as an example), a sprinter's system requires instant energy to perform at his highest optimum for that particular event. The normal dispensary of oxygen to the muscles is not efficient enough to afford the sprinter enough energy to maintain the required level of high performance the sprinter needs for a high speed dash.
This is where Anaerobics steps in. An efficient method of utilising energy without the use of oxygen.
From the instant a sprinter shoots from the starting blocks and finishes - that sprinter does not take in one breath. But have you noticed that immediately after the race, when the victor is interviewed, the sprinter is breathing heavily, perspiring heavily and in most cases, visibly agitated - that is because the normal aerobic system has kicked in again..
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Sorry Maximus, but you are mistaken. I have never seen any sprinter hold his/her breath during a run. I am talking about 100m sprints (not 50-60m which is about the time a runner reaches maximum speed).

I agree that you don't need to breathe to reach max speed, but unless you breathe and relax after about 50m, you are just about guaranteed to blow a 100m race.
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There is a mantra in scuba diving...


Used when sh*t happens.....

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