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Week 1 Round-up

Good week at Ambition.

20 October 2012 AT 11:09:31


So with the absence of Jo Ryding this camp, we have had TJ Baldwin fill in for us.... and much to my surprise.... he's pretty damn good! haha!

In all seriousness it has been great having TJ here with the team, giving the guys an insight as to the work rate required to compete and succeed - great back-up for what the other coaches are preaching too. TJ has a wealth of experience and a great way of getting his knowledge across to the Ambition athletes.

We started off the week in Moelltal whilst waiting for the heavy dump of snow that had been threatening for most of last weekend. The long drive to Moelltal was a bit of a killer but it wasnt long before we were skiing in 50cms of new snow up on Kitz. Since then it has been warm weather and clear skies every day, paving the way for the snow to harden and some great training to take place. We stayed on slalom all week, with free skiing drills all morning, then gate training all afternoon. The focus in free skiing has been on basic technique/position and the length/timing of pressure impulse as a few too many of the guys are coming in late and hard still with the pressure. The gate sessions have been based on relatively moderate difficulty courses, putting the free skiing moves into the course while using the brushes to dictate the line.

We have been leaving at 7, getting home at 5 and then heading for the gym / fitness sessions. We keep telling the guys it will be worth it when they win.... they are working damn hard in any case!!!

The boys (Euan, Paul, Barney, Ollie, Aza) are all moving forward in fitness - Aza coming back off of a knee operation but moving forward steadily, Ollie learning the ropes on the lifts while looking after his back and the other 3 in top gear pushing each other to the max. The girls (Rachelle, Vi, Imi, Alex) are also on it split between kettlebell sessions and lifts for the strength sessions, then coming together for the plyo's and core based sessions.

TJ has been running through some of his physio sessions with the guys, using some pilates and glute workouts to make sure we are using the right muscles at the right times and help avoid injury, so we have had a great balance this week.

Today sees more of the team arrive and the forecast looks clear (if a little warm) right through until Thursday. Not great for the long term but good for us to be able to train without the athlete freezing their  - - - -   - - -  in the cold.

If you didnt manage to see the pics on our FB page www.facebook.com/AmbitionRacing then here are some of the best ones....

Still a little soft on Wednesday....

Great view....

Happy Team.....


Vonn tells it how it is......

New vid from Vonn & Red Bull....

08 October 2012 AT 16:09:03



Let it snoooow!!!

phew.... its coming.....

07 October 2012 AT 18:22:05


The snow is coming on Kitz! After a little bit of stress with finding coaches (after poor Jo broke her foot)... it is good to have some positive news...

Lets hope the forecast is correct!!

Getting excited....


take a hike mate....

Phew....

01 October 2012 AT 22:54:15


 

This blog has come a little later than planned as i happened to stumble across a young chap commenting about rich kids affording Ambition on a facebook page...... which obviously needed needed a reply. I've asked him to quote me all our prices and what we provide just to make sure his facts are correct.

Anyway, having looked at the thread it was about ski racing being elitest and only for the ones that can afford it. That is true in some respects as i have not seen many tramps around Meribel at easter, busking at night to buy their lift pass in the day. However, i have seen a fair few athletes and families give up alot to be able to do what they can on the snow, a lot of which is down to their choices and lifestyles rather than cash. At the same time, a better question i thought would be; are you really doing everything you can to make sure when you do get on snow, you can use the time well? Are you fit and ready when you go out or are you basically a slob doing nothing at home then expecting a miracle after 6 days on snow? And when that miracle doesnt come, then are you just whinging about cash and your lack of time on snow, safe in the comfort that 'if' you skied all season you would be winning?? NO, you wouldn't be winning because deep down you are still a lazy slob, no matter how much money you throw at it!! It's not just about having money!

So for us over the last 8 days, we have been beasting the fitness training. Originally we had planned to ski more this camp but the way this camp has worked out has been perfect, in fact we have desperately needed it and will need it more & more with all our athletes in the future (if we want to get anywhere). We need full days of slogging it out and sweating away to make sure we have even the smallest chance of success.... and not one of the guys here will be able to say they work this hard on a regular basis at home. Not one. That is because they have a group around them to push them here and that group is starting to work well.

So today was a hiking day. Sounds easy heh? Well, It wasn't!! 5.5 hours up and around the mountains in Saalfalden, up to the SteinAlm followed by St. Peters Hutt (thats not its name but sounds way better so we re-named it). Anyway, it started off easy but the steps got bigger and bigger until we were replicating the lunges we spent most of yesterday evening doing. We hiked to about 2000m before returning down in a huge loop, setting a nice burn in the quads in the process. By the time we arrived home it was 3.30 and we headed straight into the gym, before settling down to a nice BBQ this evening, with pretty much everything aching.

Tomorrow will be sprints on the road bikes again in the morning followed by a decent chill, meal out and hopefully some champs league footy action before the guys head home Wednesday. It has been tough but we plan on succeeding and all of this will for sure help us on our way.

So to the cheeky little guy that has just labelled Ambition as rich kids in an elitest sport, you can be rest assured that these athletes are doing rich kids all over the world very proud right now by working their socks off. Their time here only gives them an opportunity, it does not give them a guarentee.

 

Accuracy as well as endurance needed today.....

Barney and Paul in action... Euan wondering what the hell is going on....

Less than impressed with that climb!!!

Imi advertising.... Doesn't do photo's....

Hood up, thumb up.... the classic henderson pose....

NONE SHALL PASS.......!!!! (ok robin).....

Into the abyss we go....

Moist.....

Dont cave in to the pressure.....?