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Did you reach your goal?

post #1 of 17
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Every season me and many of you plan to workout hard, build up those muscles, do plenty of cardio and in genreal be in the best shape ever to ski harder and faster than ever before. Unfortunately things dont always go according to plans. Sometimes life gets in the way, sometimes procrastination, and other times its just laziness. We had many people declaring their fitness goals at the end of last season, with the new season kicking into high gear within the next few weeks, who has met their mark?


Sadly, I for one failed miserably. Started off strong, but during the summer while working on my deck managed to damage some ligaments in my hand (actually tore one and partially tore another) setting me back quite a bit. In conjunction, my back has been hit and miss ever since I busted it up in that skiing accident 2 seasons ago. So there were days that even though the mind was strong the body was ailing so that meant more time off. Then of course there was just laziness, but thats always the evil lurking. So suffice it to say I will be way off my game when my skiing begins, hopefully I can get some gym time in during the season and make up for some lost time. I just have to remember to try and take it easy so that I dont hurt myself being that I am not nearly as strong as I usually am.
post #2 of 17
Yes, sir I did. I lost 35 lbs, gained a huge amount of strength and endurance and am already seeing it pay off while skiing. I launched myself unexpectedly off a bump on Saturday with more power and less mass, it was hilarious. But the workouts don't stop (well except that I've been sick for 2 weeks) and my training (swim, bike run, strength) will continue straight through the winter on non-ski days and I expect to be in even better shape by March than I am now and even better shape at the beginning of next season.
post #3 of 17
Well, I didn't do so great with the strength conditioning this year, but I did well with the cardio. Just ran my first half marathon this past Sunday. My time wasn't anything to brag about but for my first one, I'm pretty happy just with the fact that I did it. And since there's no snow here in the PNW, I've got time to get the legs and core up to skiing form still.
post #4 of 17
Yea I did to this point. I didn't specifically train for skiing but did manage to get in best shape I've ever been in starting in June and continuing into the winter.

Haven't been like this since college days! (strength, stamina, flexibility, weight, cholesterol, BF % etc). I've committed 6 days a week an hour a day and changes in nutrition.

Working on a more focused workout now for some western trips in Jan/Feb (altitude, pow and steeps). But I'm ready to start the season this weekend or next week ....
post #5 of 17
There's always more to do, but I think I'm much better this season (my first serious one), than any other. Managed to bike to work (sprinting 10 miles) about once a week, with additional longer rides once or twice a month. Now that I've got more room in the new apartment, I've been doing some good conditioning work, and surprised myself by going from 196lb to 186lb (6'0"), back where I was a year and a half ago when I graduated college. There's a lot more that I could do, and my legs definitely want more power now that I've given them a taste, but hey, it's the first season where I can actually see some muscles in my legs, so that oughta help!

Still working the plyometric exercises and the squats, core exercises, pull-ups, etc...my season won't start for another week or so, unfortunately, so maybe a few more freezing cold bike rides are in the works! Moving in to an apartment with a kitchen bigger than 90 sq. ft. also makes for better nutrition, I've found!
post #6 of 17
Great work COSkiGirl and ct55!

I too hit my goals and am still going strong. I did a 12 week program, lost 20lbs and 3" off my waist - and got a lot stronger and more fit. Definitely has shown in my skiing - and in bending down to pickup a dropped pole!

Still lifting and doing interval cardio as well as on a "cut" type diet. Aiming for another couple of inches off my waist by mid February when we go to Vail.
post #7 of 17
I'll tell you after next weekend.
post #8 of 17
"I sacrificed alot but one thing I never sacrificed was a good meal"

this will be my best skiing season ever. 2nd day back on ski felt like I never had left them and can say that the strength I gained over the summer will lead to great things this winter.

I just hope I dont have examiners telling me I am too athletic this season.
post #9 of 17

Plan

Old Fart Here. Lost 12 lbs, used weights to gain back some upper body strength, hiked min. or 45 min a day upto 1 1/2 hours and was feeling pretty good. For lst time in my life I really worked on core and can actually feel it now.


Setback, lost vision in right eye about 3 weeks ago. Had catarrac (sic) surgery Tue, right eye restored to 20/25 and still resting up but will start again in about 3 days. Really feel better especially the Core part. Could lose another 10 lbs but hell at least I can see the bumps etc. now.
post #10 of 17

fitness

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
"I sacrificed alot but one thing I never sacrificed was a good meal"

this will be my best skiing season ever. 2nd day back on ski felt like I never had left them and can say that the strength I gained over the summer will lead to great things this winter.

I just hope I dont have examiners telling me I am too athletic this season.
Bushwacker you're in Durango? Ever try fishing the San Juan? Caught some beauties there a few years ago. Any snow yet?
post #11 of 17
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I applaud you all, you certainly sound like you have fared much better than I. Good job
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Bushwacker you're in Durango? Ever try fishing the San Juan? Caught some beauties there a few years ago. Any snow yet?

eh no purgatory is pittsburgh. soon to be vermont.
post #13 of 17
If you have no goal, it is much easier to achieve.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
eh no purgatory is pittsburgh. soon to be vermont.
You gonna meet us up at Stowe?
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
You gonna meet us up at Stowe?
nah, but Ill be around those parts from janurary till april. No reason for me to go up just to come back down. Its not even that good yet.
post #16 of 17

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
eh no purgatory is pittsburgh. soon to be vermont.
Oops.. Durango, Purgatory Ski Area would be better, close to Taos too. Sorry for mistake.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
nah, but Ill be around those parts from janurary till april. No reason for me to go up just to come back down. Its not even that good yet.
sniff

sniff

I smell

spring GTG?
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