What are you doing in the summer? Do you work part-time or do you have time off?
Since questions like these come up often, I have chosen a topic for my first blog post that not only suits the actual season but also represents a large and important part of my career - the dryland training during the summertime. Actually the adage 'skiers are made in the summer' is pretty damn true. Because the races you see on TV in winter is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind the scenes are countless hours of training sessions, therapies and other various preparation methods. One of the main pillars of this and decisive for a successful 'Day X' is the physical condition of an athlete. So many different muscle groups and body regions as well as functions have to work together smoothly in the shortest time possible when skiing - more than in any other sport. That is why summer training is such a large and important pillar for a skier.
Personally, I love the summer training - because you can literally feel that you're getting stronger every single day and also do feel better as well as fitter and thus your self-confidence for the upcoming season is growing steadily. The stronger you feel - the stronger you are - physically as well as mentally 😉
So, how does my day look like during the summer months? One thing I can tell you is: In sum, it is more strenuous, more tedious and more time-consuming than during the winter months. Very often I start my day earlier than in winter - obviously because later in the day it is often too hot to train and therefore the training doesn't have as much effect as needed. Two training sessions a day are standard - sometime even more. Therapy sessions, doctor appointments, sponsor appointments, and other preparatory work, as well as cooking fresh food 3 times a day (which I personally love during the summertime after being used to usually stay in hotels all winter) are on the daily schedule - and that doesn't even include leisure activities. Since Tyrol is known to be the paradise for an athlete's soul, I try to move as many training sessions as possible outside, into nature. The variety of my training sessions is impressive due to the many opportunities in our country - I definitely never get bored 😉 Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
I hope I was able to give you an insight into my summer training and questions like the ones above have been cleared up 😉 Here are a few more pictures to show you what I mean.
Talk soon, Chiara 🙂