We took a day off snow due to high winds, so we set out to explore the city of Innsbruck!
The river that flows alongside the city is very blue and crystal clean, since it is glacier fed. A lonley planete book I read stated " the river is so clean, locals here fish out of it, unlike in the US". haha. Im not much of a city gal, but I do enjoy people watching and taking in the view! I thought lederhosen was just worn at oktoberfest, but apparently not. I enjoyed the views, indulged in local beer and people watched to the fullest. Below is a picture of the river with the city to the right.
Super sunny day up on the glacier. Made lots of turns and hit many jumps in the park, did I mention how amazing and perfectly groomed the jumps are here? Soo good! After that we spent a bit of time training in the track. When we arrived back in town we hit our man made gym outside our home, gotta keep strong to prevent injury!
Here is a great work to do to increase strength in your legs, core and upperbody along with improving your cardio. Every little bit helps to prevent injuries this winter.
Do both circuit 1 and 2
Warm up first by running or skipping
Circuit 1: 45 sec each station x2
- Wall sit
- Plank on ball with crunch * Prone plnak position with your toes on the ball, pull your knees to your chest and alt with a side twist.
- TRX one leg suspended lunges * don't let your knee pass your toes
- Push ups on cushions
- Skip as fast as you can * aim for 100 skips
- TRX pull ups
- Ladder work, any patterns you'd like *quick feet
Circuit 2: 45sec each station x2
- 10 jumping lunges, each leg
- Hamstring curls on the ball
- TRX one leg suspended lunges *don't let your knee pass your toes
- Skip as fast as you can *aim for 100 skips
- TRX chest press
- Ladder work, any patterns you'd like * quick feet
Cool down: Stretch and foam roll afterwards
*To make the best of this short 30 min work out....
Count how many reps you do in each 45 sec set and beat it in round 2.
Sara Niblock Bkin, BCAK Kinesiologist, ACSM CES.
Welcome to the Alps!
Day 1: Firkenberg, Austria.
The first day we all felt extremely jet legged, we faught off a nap and pushed through the exhaustion, trying to adjust to the 9hr time change by walking around town like tourists taking in the culture and amazing views.
Day 2: Hintertux, time to test out my leg..?..?
I woke up this morning, tossing and turning, feeling extreemly nervous. It has been a long time since I have been on snow, due to a narly Tib Fib fracture, last January. I know I should feel confidant since I have put in a ton of hard work, sweat and tears. I have diligently done my physio exercises, hit the gym tons to regain strength and had the hardware in my leg removed in July. The books and the doc tell me I'm ready, but I still felt nervous, scared to be disappointed. Below tells you exactly how I felt today on snow!
Today was a blue bird day and it had also snowed 25+cm the day before. I was hoping perhaps some pow staches might be left. We started our day of with some hit runs, a few laps through the park and then we hiked in search of pow lines, by lunch time I was pretty stoked on my day thus far.
After lunch we ducked a few ropes and found fields of glory. We quickly found out why the ropes were up.....many crevasses were present, which were an added challenge. We had a hoot dancing between them
All in all, today was a huge success! All my hard work has paid off, It's a damn good feeling!
Tomorrow I hope to slash a few more pow lines, people here tend to stick to the groomers, it's awesome, i'm not complaining. I'm just super stoked to be back on snow and in the Alps!