This blog is about helping you enjoy your mountain biking and skiing. I will write about things I see and experience as an instructor that I think might help improve the experience for you as the reader. Like a lot of the internet it is opinion and I hold some pretty strong opinions on many aspects of mountain biking and skiing, especially technical preparation being one of the easiest factors to control and skill improvement being one of the best investments one can make. Like everything in life; take something, take nothing, take it with a pinch of salt, or take your bike or skis and get outside and ride. Happy Trails.
Preparation for skiing
Preparation is the key with any sport, or activity that you want to be good at. Yes, that means that you’ll have to do the exercises at the gym if you want to ski all day without feeling utterly exhuasted at the end of the day.
A local physio has worked hard to develop a very good app called SkiRAD.
It has a great range of exercises that increase in difficulty as one gets more fit. There is also a simple self assessment to determine whether you are “ski fit” or perhaps need to consider a bit more conditioning work prior to your ski holiday. Just a warning, most professional skiers would actually struggle to pass the “ready to ski” test.
Preparation for biking
The skirad app, discussed above, is also a great tool for checking pre-biking fitness. Both ectivites require strength, balance, flexibility and a strong core in order for you to get the most out of your activity.