Sunday, October 18, 2009

Time Management by Jenny

Jenny is a junior at Saint Cloud State University and is majoring in communication studies and marketing. She is the captain of the Nordic ski team, and is also a member of the cycling team.

This last month has been really hectic with adjusting to new classes and scheduling practice time outside of it. Training wise, the program here at SCSU is very much what you make of it. We’re a women’s only team and there are thirteen skiers total, three of whom are freshman and one a junior transfer from the University of Wyoming. We practice 5 days a week as a team; weekends are usually on your own. This year thus far we’ve had a few team time trials on rollerskis to simulate a race situation and to keep our racing mentality intact. Much of our technical focus has been on improving double pole technique, working on a dynamic arm swing. As for strength, we average around 2-2.5 hours of strength training per week. Many exercises we do are body-weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and lunges.

Recently we‘ve had some great upgrades to our ski room, which is an old racquetball court in the basement of our athletic facility. Fifteen new cubbies designed to hold our equipment! Hopefully the October snow was a positive indicator of what’s in store for the future, in the mean time, think snow!