Megan McJames

Archive for January 2010

The month of January has been a whirlwind of ski racing.  I started the 2010 year off in Quebec, CAN at some North American Cups.  Although the giant slaloms were cancelled due to unsafe snow conditions it was still successful trip and I went home with two slalom victories.   At home I got a much-needed POWDER day at Alta to rejuvenate my soul before flying back over to Europe.

Since I spend so much time racing over in Europe and I feel like I am constantly writing about it, I thought I would give you an idea of what the typical day in the life of an American ski racer consists of:

6:00AM alarm

6:15AM warm-up my body (spin on the bike for 10 minutes and do some stretching and core activation)

6:45AM eat a European breakfast (usually consisting of fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread and thick coffee)

7:30AM leave for the mountain

8:00AM take some warm-up runs on my skis and do some drills to get my body going through the correct motions

8:45AM inspect first run course set

9:30AM pre-run snack, mmmm….gummy bears

10AM first runs starts…….I usually end up going around 11AM after going to the start and warming-up a little more with plyos and explosive work

12:30PM second run inspection

1:30PM second run starts

2:30PM head back to the hotel for lunch, usually pasta!

3:00PM either jump in the car and drive to a new mountain or jump on the bike for a recovery spin, followed by some more core and stretching

4:00PM search for internet to get in touch with the rest of the world and most importantly home!!

6:00PM team meeting

7:00PM dinner

9:30-10PM early bedtime

After a few days of successful of ski racing like the one described above I was named to the Olympic team 2010 and will be heading to Vancouver this February.  Thank you to everyone for all of the support I have received so far, keep sending good vibes to Team USA next month!!!

Go Team USA!!