An effective dry land training program or plan is based on what we have discovered are the best ways to go about learning and have been shown to build confidence into performance.
The ultimate plan will identify steps you need to reach your goals as you progress over the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths-of-seconds between now and the moment you will approach your next starting wand! You have plenty of time. Use it!
Create an attainable and individual plan that will move you toward achieving your goals by identifying where you made progress and where you need improvement based on last season’s results. Your plan will continue building on your strengths while working on your weaknesses.
Look back and remember the one thing that was most difficult for you, both physically and mentally. Try to think of any physical and/or mental activity that will build self-confidence. Write down your plan and discuss it with your team members and coaches. We are here to help. You might be surprised that others have the same or a similar plan. For extra credit it’s helpful to keep a journal of your progress throughout the season and share it with your coaches and team members with as much detail as you are able. Do this and you will get off to a great start. Everyone appreciates your effort and determination. It makes all your success possible. Your attitude, your choices and your effort are key. Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence. – Vince Lombardi
For overall conditioning, choose sports which relate to alpine ski racing. Tennis has many similar elements, symmetry (left & right), vision, anticipation, timing, movement, flexibility, weight transfer, both aerobic and anaerobic. Other choices could be ice skating, modern dance, tai chi or yoga – all of which emphasize balance, posture, movement, mindfulness and breathing.
Find and pursue all activities that improve flexibility (stretching), cardio (breathing) and strength (physical) while relaxing, focusing and centering the mind, (psychological).
Find an accountability partner with similar goals with whom you can work effectively. This is really the best way to succeed. It must be FUN!
As the months progress and the season approaches, we will introduce more and more specific tasks that directly relate to that small subset of skills which prepare for racing.
Create and write down an attainable plan. You have plenty of time. Use it!
Show & Tell us your plan. We’ll tell you what we think.
Stephen Colvin, PSIA Level 3, USSA Level 100, Alpine Race Coach, PASEF (Camelback Race Team)