December 01, 2006

Slalom training; Final day

Today we were up on 3500 all day. The course was set with quite a wide offset so that we needed to be turny and keep our speed under control. Snow was good, though the course ended up with some quite varied, juddery, ruts by the end. I skied with my headcam for the first couple of runs, will post some video later. I didn't spend a great deal of time fiddling with the camera though, so the results aren't as good as I would have liked.

I somehow managed to hurt my lower back first thing this morning when I was putting on my socks (hmm, that's my body telling me I'm pushing it too hard, I think!). My back didn't hurt when I stood or skied but was uncomfortable and tight when I sat for a while and thden tried to move. I think I just need to do more stretching, glutes and hamstrings are a bit tight and when I stretch them out the back pain eases. Since my back was aching a bit I didn't ski with the helmet camera (and associated rucksack containing the video camera) for very long. A couple of runs to warm up and then then a couple of runs through the gates. Interestingly the runs through gates on camera were probably my best runs of the day; I was just skiing the gates with the style that I'd developed over the last few weeks and it flowed quite nicely. Later runs were more sketchy as I tried to integrate more progressive angulation and this threw my line out.

I had a nice (!) fall when my line was out enough for my inside ski to clip a gate and detach. I slid on my back for quite a while, though thankfully missed the rest of the gates, and the other race course to skiers right of our slalom. My chin guard worked though as I took the gate in the face as I was falling. I expect my neck may be a little tight tomorrow from the whip-lash as I hit the ground and smacked my head back on the snow.

We had a couple of timed runs in the afternoon but by then I was getting tired and the juddery ruts were worst and I couldn't seem to get consistent with my new style. The first run was faster than my second, but it felt like it shouldn't have been.

All in all I had a good day today. I could have skied the course better if I hadn't been trying new stuff and I could probably have done better at integrating the new stuff in a course down on Rosolin but I had a few good runs.

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Posted by Len at December 1, 2006 05:26 PM | Categories: R21 - Race training , Season 2 - Ski Days
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