Day 7 is all about smart training. We had an amazing morning in the glacier, the best by far. The snow was hard and the course flowed! The girls really impressed us with their slalom and their ability to push through fatigue. The heat wave has been taking a toll on all of us, and that’s where our word of the day comes into play. Training smart is knowing your limits and taking the necessary steps to enable you to push through. Hydration and sun protection are huge factors up on the glacier, recovery after skiing (for example taking a nap instead of shopping), and knowing when to push through fatigue and knowing when to stop. In a competitive environment it’s hard to remember to really take your own path. When you’re surrounded by others all with different goals and personalities, it’s important to stick to what you believe is best for you, and to trust that what you are doing is the best you can be doing. So, with that said, here are some pics from the day! Our smart training was to take the girls to COWS for ice cream instead of putting them through a sun-scorched dryland training. We’re here to ski! So from now on, in order to conserve energy and avoid too much time in the sun, our dryland sessions will be more mellow .
Today was our first day of SLALOM! It was also our umpteenth day of super hot weather. We are working on keeping hydrated throughout the day and finding cold water to beat the heat. The skiable snow on the glacier is melting rapidly, but we still managed to have an awesome day working on dynamic legs and keeping our bodies down the corridor. We talked about the importance of visualization and how it helps not only in skiing but in other aspects of our lives. Dryland was a fun medley of agility, balance, core and yoga followed by creative circus inspired poses!
We are all passionate about skiing – we wanted the girls to really show us their passion through their skiing which meant huge starts, lots of aggression, and attacking the whole way down the course. Believing that THEY deserve to win. Today’s word is based off a commercial that once said “Somebody’s going to win, why shouldn’t it be you?” We saw some awesome skiing and energy from the girls today! Now for a day off – RECOVERY!
Persistence: “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
Today’s conditions were improved from yesterday. We salted like crazy and had a great surface on an empty glacier. The girls got so many runs in, it was awesome!! Even to the end, there was a hard surface that was totally attackable. It was fun to see a lot of them really push themselves through fatigue and through variable conditions with successful runs. After skiing, we had a lake workout for dryland. We did lots of swimming, treading water, and movement drills in hopes of beating the heat! Tomorrow our word is PASSION!
A great day 2! Sunny and great skiing. We are all starting to communicate better together on and off the hill and dinner was a lot louder than last night! The girls crushed GS in the heat. We salted a ton and got a pretty good surface for our second session. Tomorrow’s word has a lot to do with today: persistence. No matter what conditions you are faced with, you must find a way to make it work for you. It reminded me of when Erin Mielzynski won Oftershwang three years ago – there was so much salt on that hill, the ruts were insane, and she somehow made it look easy! Today our first session saw a few ruts despite our best salting efforts! Some of the girls really made it work and it was super impressive. Going into tomorrow, we reminded the girls that the weather can do ANYTHING on race day, kind of like last week when we had to train in the rain and fog, and everyone gave it their best and really tried to make something of it. That’s our goal for this whole camp – try your hardest, have successful runs, and learn how to adapt to whatever is thrown your way! All with a smile on your face!
Once again, we chose the word RESPECT for our first day. We will use new words for next seven days, but this one is so important and hard to change! So, like last week, we welcomed the girls to Blackcomb and Whistler for another session of the Ski Racing Sisterhood! Respect is important for the first day back to help set the tone for camp: our priority here is to SKI. Secondly, we want to have tons of fun while working hard. In order to have tons of fun, we need to have the respect from the girls when it comes to listening, rules, schedules, etc – and we need to respect them as well! We also want them to open up to each other and not just stick to who they know! This camp we have 7 girls from Quebec – a record! It’s a good opportunity for the girls to practice languages that they don’t usually speak in and to be outgoing!! Including us (the coaches). Today we got back on snow, saw lots of smiles, and really got settled in to Whistler. The girls checked out Lost Lake for dryland and Leslie is currently grilling up a storm!