• Home
  • News
  • Two weeks to go: Anna's Blog

Two weeks to go: Anna's Blog

11 May 2013

Following on from her last entry where recovery from a torn meniscus was the focus, ski slopestyle athlete Anna Segal continues to take us on her road to Sochi 2014.

BLOG: With two weeks of strength and conditioning training left before I head overseas, I’m giving it everything I have. It’s Saturday night at 8.30pm and I’m sitting in bed, drinking tea like a nanna. The rockstar life of an extreme athlete it is not. My body is exhausted and my knee is a little swollen- which is not good. Swelling inhibits healing of the cartilage and also hinders the building of muscle. Therefore if I do too much, I’m slowing the healing process, but if I do too little I won’t be ready to pass my ‘back to snow’ test in 10 days. It’s a fine and frustrating line.

That being said, the last week of training up in Sydney has been quite fun. A bunch of other Australian winter athletes have made their way back to the Northern Beaches to train with John The Guru Marsden. These include; Belle Brockhoff (boarder-X), Nate Johnstone (snowboard pipe), Chumpy Pullin (boarder-X), Cam Bolton (boarder-X) and Kent Callister (snowboard pipe). These guys (and girl) are a fun crew to train with and everyone is constantly pushing each other.

Each of us have a different weights programs, but often we join up to do afternoon cardio sessions.

Today was especially gruelling. I was prepared to do my usual Saturday morning weights session but was caught off guard when John told me I’d be joining the others for a cross-fit style circuit. For some reason, I thought that my rehab status would exempt me from this group torture. Apparently I was no longer sufficiently injured to warrant a get out of jail free card.

1000 reps = a lot of sweat!

I went home, had lunch and a rest and then it was time for the Palm Beach sand dunes.

Before even starting I knew I was going to struggle. My knee was already swollen and I was exhausted. I tried to keep a straight face but frustration almost got the better of me. I was annoyed that  my knee was stopping me from keeping up and that I wasn’t able to push my body the way my mind wanted. There were points where I had to clench my teeth to stop myself from crying- not from pain but from moments of fleeting feelings of defeat.

John Marsden's Northern Beaches group training for Sochi 2014 in Sydney.

I know that this is going to be something I will have to constantly deal with over the next few months, especially when I get back on snow. For me, being pushed to the point of exhaustion has been a good mental exercise as it intensifies emotions which under normal circumstances I would aptly deal with. The next 9 months may prove to throw a mixed bag of circumstances my way. I need to be ready to take charge of them.

Anna Segal

Here's my last blog >>

Web: http://annasegal.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Segal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnaSegal

Related News

Yeaton's breakout season pushing her towards PyeongChang

Yeaton's breakout season pushing her towards PyeongChang

25 March 2017

A breakout season against the sport’s elite has Jessica Yeaton emerging as one of the nation’s leading contenders for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Craine skating for first Olympic quota spot

Craine skating for first Olympic quota spot

24 March 2017

Figure skater Kailani Craine has a dream – the Olympic Winter Games next February, and the path to that dream crystallises at the 2017 Helsinki World Championships Finland next week.

Final stop on World Cross tour

Final stop on World Cross tour

24 March 2017

After five World Cups and the World Championships events completed, the best snowboard cross riders are in Veysonnaz, Switzerland for the final 2016/17 World Cup event, with Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin coming into the race currently ranked fourth overall in the world standings

Related Games

Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014

Related Sports

Freestyle Skiing

Freestyle Skiing