After each season, athletes look back on how it went and what they need to do to improve. Sometimes it is easy; just a few tweaks here and there, but nothing drastic. Sometimes it is hard. That is where I am.
I have talked to a lot of people who have expressed feelings and opinions about how my season went. Early on in most conversations, the question of, “What went wrong?” comes up. I think for every person I’ve talked to, I’ve given a different answer. Maybe it is that I am narrowing down on the right one, but it’s most likely that I really have no idea.
There are so many things that go into being a good skier. Good coaching, training, equipment, mental aptitude, luck, a strong support system, good wax technician, etc. Within those things, if I wanted to, I could go into excruciatingly small detail of how I have lived in the last year. I could analyze every detail to try to find out the reason I had a sub-par season, but it wouldn’t work.
Skiing and training is so complex that over-analyzing would leave me stressed and with a lot of questions rather than answers. Even though a frustrating season left me feeling like I needed to change everything I did differently, I’ve come to realize that I was just over complicating things.
After I give the answer of, “I don’t really know”, the next question is, “Well, what are you changing?” Obviously, this question is heavily dependent on knowing what went wrong. As I said, most of the time, it is just simple tweaks. Maybe it is introducing more speed or less strength and more distance training. I have a few of those simple tweaks as well. For me, it is organizing my resting areas, eating better, being more prepared for workouts, and increasing flexibility, among others.
The biggest change I am making is obviously a new team and a new coach, but if I don’t make an effort at the small things, the effects of a new training program will be minimized.
At the end of the conversation, some people accept my response, but most do not. Most people really do not like the simple answers and almost all of them have a different opinion. In the end, it really does not matter what anyone thinks but me. The only way I will fail is if I doubt the changes I am making. As I steadily train and develop a rhythm, my confidence in the changes I’ve made will steadily increase and will allow me to train and race harder and smarter.
So, as I finally made it back to Anchorage for the summer, I have been busy dialing in my routine and making sure I give myself an opportunity to make my tweaks. Even though it’s been the nicest beginning of summer in recent memory, I have had to spend a lot of time inside recovering from a bit of sickness. Luckily, we are starting to ramp up training, so I’ll be able to get my needed dosage of Vitamin D. Hopefully next week, I’ll have done some exciting things that I can share with you.
Until next time,