One Athlete's Mind
I wanted to do a blog post about something other than a recap of a specific training block or camp, and decided I'd share my new found hobby.
This May as I was beginning my 2012/2013 training season, I decided that I wanted to improve my balance, and along with that, my core strength. Not necessarily because my balance or core strength were bad before, just because I knew that those were some areas where I could definitely benefit from some improvement.
So over the past couple months, I have been doing a lot more core strength conditioning than I have in the past, and it's been very fun to see the improvements it has made it my balance. Totally unrelated but that just reminded me of this: it's much like the improvements in my flexibility thanks to stretching, I can now thoroughly pretzel myself in a glute stretching position I never thought I'd be able to do. But back to the core/balance topic...
My roommate/teammate Nick brought a wobble board (much like the one above) back to our house when he returned in May, which is the object of this new hobby. When he first brought it back, my best time balancing on it was about 6 seconds, which I thought was rather sad. But since then I've been working to improve that time, and with the help of all the core work I've been doing, I have just set our household record, rather untouchable in the foreseeable future in my opinio for standing on it with two feet spread apart, at 10 minutes and 22 seconds. As one would expect with highly competitive athletes living in the same house trying to do something well, we have now made up a record chart that will be going on our wall with records for two feet, left foot and right foot.
So that's my story of the day, and the latest in "what's Jordan working on these days?" Aside from becoming a rather speedy skier of course (though I guess it's still related).
Until next time,
Happy wobbling! (Or not, in my case ;) )
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach