Are You Prepared For The Ski Season Ahead? Overdoing it! (Part 3/3)
This is me during a trip to Tignes, France in 2019.
If you have been skiing before or consider yourself an intermediate or advanced level skier then this article is for you.
When getting off the top of the ski lift for the first time on your ski holiday, something that is often forgotten is that 9/10 of you probably haven't done this amount of exercises in 6-7 successive days since your last ski trip, and the reason this is important is that you are going to experience heavy legs at some point, and when you do, you're going to need to listen to what your body is telling you. Quite often, the enjoyment of skiing will mask how much soreness you're feeling but if you cover too much distance in one day you'll be running the risk of spoiling the quality of your skiing ability throughout the remainder of the trip. How to prepare
Gradually increase your activity levels in the months and weeks leading up to your trip so that you are used to doing physical activity up to 5 hours in a row. This will improve the total amount of physical exercise you can perform and recover from which is also known as your 'work capacity'. Improving your work capacity will enable you to enjoy more time on the slopes, and will allow your body to recover faster and fuller. Here are some tips on how to train for this: 1) Gradually increase the number of reps you do in a training session. 2) Gradually increase the number of sets you do in a training session.
3) Spend more time doing cardiovascular training.
4) Train to fatigue!
Hope this has provided some food for thought. For more information and help on preparing yourself for skiing and overcoming your existing injuries get in touch via our contact page.