So for week one, let’s talk about some late winter/early spring training tips. With anything we decide to do or incorporate into our training methodologies, we need to be careful not to overdo it or burn ourselves out. Baby steps here folks. Let’s start small with three easy points and focus on things that are easy to work into your daily living.
1) Workouts. For those of you already working out at a gym on a regular basis, keep rocking it. For the rest of us, start slowly, shooting for two days a week so that we don’t bite off more than we can handle. If you are just beginning, you can split your workout routine into upper and lower body days without too much emphasis on specific muscle groups. We’ll go deeper into workouts some other time.
2) Nutrition. Now we don’t have to go all completely organic, paleo, no sugar added, mega hipster diet. Let’s think of a few things dietary selections that we could reduce or even eliminate and replace with some goodness. For instance, let’s put down the hot pocket in the morning and go for a banana instead. And if you don’t eat anything for breakfast, then start eating something but make it healthy. I am a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t stop eating after the banana. Dieticians recommend 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day so try to replace Little Debbie here and there and skipping the cookies in the breakroom. As for meats, try and include more lean meats like chicken and fish in your diet. Again, we’ll go more in-depth with nutrition and food science in a later posting.
3) Last but not least, Meditation. I realize some of us may hear this and picture monks on mountain tops and fear that soon I’m going to tell you to shave your head. Don’t worry, I will not. We can replace meditation with visualization in this scenario. Ask any pro or sports psychologist and they’ll tell you picturing your sets is key. Picture them perfectly. All three events. Focus on blocking out negativity and running your passes without flaw. It doesn’t have to be long; just maybe ten minutes picturing what it is that you want to do.
So again, baby steps here. The last thing we want is to burn out this early. Cheat days are ok too if you need a break. Feel free to take a mental day and skip your workout and even snack on something that is less than healthy fare. As you can see from my picture this week, I like to enjoy a good cheat day walking around downtown Tampa dressed as a pirate having fun with fellow skiers and maybe participating in some merriment along the way. But don’t worry, I took baby steps the whole day.
-Luke the Pirate
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