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Do you ski at 100% physiologically?

post #1 of 21
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I don't mean do you give it your best effort. I mean when you ski are you usually physically at 100% or what you would consider physiologically 100%? (or your normal achy self)

The reason I ask is that in all the years that I have skied, I can count on one hand how many times I actually hit he slopes that I was well rested and feeling 100%. Usually I am at only 3-4hrs of sleep, obviously tired, and running on coffee, Mountain Dew AMP, and adrenaline...and maybe a few ephedrines. I am also usually in some pain or other, knee, back, feet, neck are most often the culprits (though usually not all at the same time...that would constitute a day off).
post #2 of 21
I'm generally not at my best, physically, when I hit the hill. It's usually either a long drive over there or a shorter drive for night skiing after a long day of work and walking around. Either way I get less sleep than I normally would due to changing my schedule around to work skiing in, and muscles (especially tired ones) never seem to appreciate sitting in a car for a long time.

I generally get a second wind when I get to the hill, and the grins that come with the first run are priceless.

That being said, if I'm feeling like a total wreck I stay off the hill. If I'm exhausted enough that I don't really feel in control of my body, I sit it out for my safety and the safety of those around me.
post #3 of 21
Most of the time I feel pretty good. The local hills aren't that far away, so I don't have to get up all that early on a ski day. Anywhere more than a three-hour drive, we try to go up the night before and stay overnight somewhere near the mountain.

As for pain, no. I'm pretty lucky in that regard.
post #4 of 21
Most of my skiing comes on extended trips so I'll ski twenty or thirty consecutive days. My workout routine is geared to have me at my peak during ski season. When I'm not going to work everyday I get about twice the sleep as usual. So....

The first week or so I'm about as good as I get but then there's a bit a fatigue and most likely some bumps and bruises to deal with, not to mention sore toes.
post #5 of 21
I usually feel great when I ski. I go to sleep early, don't drink much, and don't have a long drive to the slope (15 minutes to one, and 1:20 to the other.)

When on vacation in Colorado, same thing, no partying - just skiing, lots of sleep.

Plus I stay/get in shape before ski season.

I could never understand the drinking until 2 am, then go skiing the next day mentality. Why ruin a good thing?
post #6 of 21
Due to an active lifestyle, along with my eating habits and the fact that I don't drink alcohol, but take in bunches of water, makes for a physically phit body . ............. but that 6 inches between my ears can and does get in the way.

At home, I'm usually well rested, but on vacation, I tend to stay up late visiting with friends, (sorry nolo ). Lack of sleep can and does make a difference to me.
post #7 of 21
Somewhere around 30 days last year I woke up in my freezing cold van at the hill. So no, I wasn't at 100% those days.

Fresh snow can make things so much better though. That whole mind influencing your body thing shouldn't be understated. I think three times last year I went straight from the party to the hill to strap up and start the ascent. Two of those morning trips were followed by a twelve hour work day...and still I'd do it again. I skied well those days...in my mind anyways.
post #8 of 21
What a great question.

I drive 2 3/4 hours to ski every weekend.
Got in 59 days last year. Lots of gas, by the way.
So it takes lots of energy just to get to the mountain.

But yes, I'm in good condition every day of my
usual three-four day weekend. Why? I go to bed
early, and get up early. That takes care of it.

Oh, and ibuprophen, as needed.
post #9 of 21
Usually running at a 20-30% handicap. A few days a year are just great though, and about half the mornings are also great.
post #10 of 21
I skied injured last year. I was only 100% 4 out of 30ish days.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
...in all the years that I have skied, I can count on one hand how many times I actually hit the slopes that I was well rested and feeling 100%. Usually I am at only 3-4hrs of sleep, obviously tired, and running on coffee, Mountain Dew AMP, and adrenaline...and maybe a few ephedrines. I am also usually in some pain or other, knee, back, feet, neck are most often the culprits (though usually not all at the same time...that would constitute a day off).
Holy smoke Richie! It sucks to be you!
post #12 of 21
I work 3rd shift and live at about 800ft. When I get out west I'm tired and out of breath. I love it!
post #13 of 21
My back always hurts, I'm out of shape, technique makes up for it.

Let the skis do the work.
post #14 of 21
I'm never at peak until about 30-40 days into the season. I bike and climb the buttes in town daily to get in shape, but really being in shape physiologically only gets me so far. Mentally I'm not really in shape until mid January.

Skiing gets me in shape for skiing.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I don't mean do you give it your best effort. I mean when you ski are you usually physically at 100% or what you would consider physiologically 100%? (or your normal achy self)

The reason I ask is that in all the years that I have skied, I can count on one hand how many times I actually hit he slopes that I was well rested and feeling 100%. Usually I am at only 3-4hrs of sleep, obviously tired, and running on coffee, Mountain Dew AMP, and adrenaline...and maybe a few ephedrines. I am also usually in some pain or other, knee, back, feet, neck are most often the culprits (though usually not all at the same time...that would constitute a day off).
I haven't been 100% physically since I was 25 years old. Just keep sucking down the Ibuprofen to get thru the day.
post #16 of 21
I get up at 6, at the mountain by 7:30, giving me an hour to relax, have my tea and breakfast before getting my stuff together. I'm usually in bed by 10.

Yeah, I'd have to say I'm at 100% darn near every day.
post #17 of 21
No, not even close.

Funny enough, skiing itself doesn't make me tired on days I am not 100%. I don't even come close to exerting myself.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
No, not even close.

Funny enough, skiing itself doesn't make me tired on days I am not 100%. I don't even come close to exerting myself.
You're welcome to come and out if you ever want to change that.

Last Friday I climbed from 3500' to 6000' on a trail, changed into boots and crampons and climbed another 1000' on the glacier, took two runs and climbed back down in time to go to work. I wasn't dead, but I exerted myself.
post #19 of 21
Thanks for the invite. I might just have to.

What I meant was that I generally hang back from challenge on days I am just sagging for other reasons.

The last time I was remotely close to 100% physically was the day Noodler and Onc' Louie tore my legs off in the trees and bumps at Loveland.
post #20 of 21
don't forget some of the following:

* altitude non-acclimated (western trip first day or so)
* at least once - with a mild or worse hangover
* dehydrated (although I'm getting better about this)
* cold as a b*stard or sweaty somewhere because I brought the wrong - something
* hungry because I got up so early to drive you have that upset stomach feeling so you can't eat well in the AM
* cramped up from riding in a bad rental car or squished in with too many people in a pool situation

Actually I'm lucky if I feel 100% 20% of the time. Just one of those things. I gotta stop doing mostly day trips I guess . When I go away on a trip it's usually the best once I am acclimated. Because all I have to do is ski. OK get to the hill then ski.

I'll parrot that I am best at skiing near the end of the season. Partially because of spring conditions with lots of snow partially because I have a few months under my belt.
post #21 of 21
never! Always something. besides, I have to blame my crappy skiing on something,
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