Though I spent the last few years in Jackson, I have mostly worked seasonally since graduating college in 2010. In the summer I was raft guiding on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers in central Idaho, and in the winter I was in Jackson, skiing. For the first few seasons I figured the manual labor I did all summer would translate to some sort of conditioning for the winter. After countless crashes, chronically sore shoulders and neck, and too many other aches to recount, it quickly became apparent that if for no other reason, conditioning in the gym was imperative for injury prevention. Finding the appropriate training while on the road can be really tricky though. Having a community is a huge component to successful training, and moving biannually isn’t the most conducive to creating community. As I began to work year round in Jackson, I was able to train more regularly and slowly build back the strength I lacked.
This last summer I transitioned back to a more seasonal lifestyle; I was afforded the opportunity to work at Temple Basin in Arthur’s Pass, NZ through September. As the spring (N. American fall) came closer I really began to worry about my strength and thoughts of injury started running through my head. After work ended I knew I wasn’t going to be in one place until mid- December but needed a ski specific plan to hold myself accountable to no matter where I was.
I reached out to Crystal at Wright Training back in late September from Christchurch, NZ. I was looking for a two session a week training program that I could do outside of a gym (because I wasn’t near any gyms) and in conjunction with training for a half marathon. Crystal mentioned the “remote programming” service, because it gave me the freedom and "community" to take ski specific fall conditioning with me, wherever I went.
Training is everything, and it is through the times I haven’t been able to train that I have fully realized this. As an ex-ski racer I started working out almost year round for skiing at an early age. Upon quitting racing I stuck to the “I don’t work out” mantra for a number of years. I was a raft guide, skier, hiker, and over all pretty active person, "the outdoors are my gym." Because of my body, and previous injuries it was only a matter of time before I realized I needed to put a little extra effort into my physical strength. Putting the effort in the gym pre-season flushes out much of the soreness and fatigue one might experience in the first weeks of skiing without any training. It builds a foundation from which one can continue to build upon, and the foundation can quickly disappear if one is not diligent.
I believe that the best conditioning for skiing, is skiing. And when it’s not winter, running, biking, kayaking, hiking, and all activities outside are imperative alternatives, but focusing on smaller, specific muscles is also imperative. WT’s remote training program is tailored for the individual athletes, therefore focusing on sport specific training needs. As a skier we focused mostly on agility and lower body strength. Most of my work outs included a healthy dose of jumps, squats, Jane Fondas, and core strengthening. And yeah, I was definitely sore the first few weeks.
Just because you don’t have access to a gym or community of people to push yourself with doesn’t mean you have to put pre-season training to the wayside. Whether you are working in a remote location, simply traveling around a bunch, or looking to do the workout programs in the comfort of your own backyard, Wright Training’s remote program can keep you strong and ready for the seasons ahead.