Disclaimer: I am not a blogger, tweeter or even a frequent status update-er, by nature. I am just trying it on; so any blogging faux pas I may make in the future-I claim ignorance (and innocence)!
I have recently begun assistant coaching with Jeff at the Sugar Bowl Academy. It has been incredibly fun and I find myself seeing the training mistakes I’ve made in the past or my still lingering bad habits in technique showing up in the kids skiing.
Naturally I try to nip all this in the bud with “hips up”, “when you slip, stand up”, “if you are feeling sick or have an injury, take 1 day now rather than 1 week later”…etc, so on and so forth.
A few days ago I was bouldering inside, had a heel hook, it slipped and I slammed my ankle quite hard against a hold. It was sore but not bad; no swelling or bruising… I thought nothing of it but it became apparent the next day when I tried to put a skate boot on that something was not right. It was unbearably painful. Long story short(er), I proceeded to ask the advice of my roommate, who is an Athletic Trainer. At some point during my explanation to her on how the pain was persisting, she asked, “well have you iced it?” I probably don’t need to tell you that I had not, in fact, the thought had not crossed my mind. Had it been anyone else, especially one of my athletes, I would have immediately hounded them about rest and ice. To say the least, I am a hypocrite. I can make myself train until the cows come home. However, I loathe waxing skis or dealing with the mundane details of ski and boot fitting. I despise taking time off for sickness and injury, not to mention I need a coach to tell me when to take time off, just as my SBA athletes must be told, “keep your hips up”. Although in theory I am well aware of the equal importance of these activities to training hard, in practice I am poor at best.
It is something I am making an effort at-practicing what I preach. Wish me luck. Excuse me, I need to go find a bag of ice.