This past month I have been busy with water skiing and getting excited for the 2013 season. Seattle has been having amazing weather and I have been taking full advantage of it by getting out on the water as much as possible.
April 3rd was my first day out on the water and we had the entire lake to our selves. To start the season off I was able to have my first water ski set on Lake Sammamish. It was great to have the open water and not to worry about the buoys. Like Marcus Brown, I value the importance of free skiing and getting to back to the basic of the sport which we all know is to have some fun.
Since then I have been able to ski up at Hilltop, a man made lake, practicing the course. Since it is early in the season I have only been doing back to backs. This means I start at 30 mph and instead of going up to the next speed I repeat 30 mph. So a good practice set look like 30 mph, 30 mph, 32 mph, 32 mph, 34 mph, 34 mph (women’s max speed). By doing back to back s, it give a skier time to focus on form and technique verses the buoy count. As a skier it is important to allow your self time to ease back into ski-shape by doing back to backs and mixing in a couple of free skiing sets.
As I prepare myself for this season, I made sure I started this preparation during the winter months. Some skiers enjoy skiing in the cold and I have to admitted I missed water skiing during the winter, but there is a reason why they call winter the off-season. It took me a very serous back injury to learn my lesson balancing this sport with strength training during the off season.
Instead of skiing during the winter I focused on Kettlebell workouts and giving myself plenty of time for regeneration before and after workouts. Regeneration (regen) is foam rolling and dynamic stretching. With hard workouts , there is a need to rest. My rest day usually consist of foam rolling or some form of yoga and icing. As I start to water ski more and decrease my time in the gym, I know regen will be even more important to maintain. Water skiing is one sport that puts a lot of torque on the body resulting in a very tense muscles. It is important to keep the body stretched and relaxed to help prevent injuries during the season. Even as I am typing this I am rolling out my feet with a trigger point ball.
Stoked for the 2013 season I am reminding myself not to be kid in the candy store and am learning the importance of slowing easing myself back into water skiing shape.