I’ll tell you a fun little story from when I did the survivor show in Denmark back in 2006. We were only athletes from all different kinds of sports. I did really well only the first challenge which included a long run up a steep hill. One of my team mates was a world champion kayaker. Quite surprised that I beat him – he told me that it was surprising that I had so much strength when all I did was skiing down a hill… (!!!)
I told him that doing moguls was like doing 60-70 squats with a good charge for every run you do. And we would do about 10 of those in a session. Plus landing the two jumps. And the prep in the gym and outdoors. I know you get it – because you are a skier – but I’m still not sure he did. Anyways, here is a little explanation about:
Why you get sore from skiing when it is all downhill…
In most sports the physical effort lies in generating the force that is going to take you faster or higher, make you kick, throw or hit harder etc. The unique thing about skiing is that it is mostly about resisting external forces acting upon you, so you can stay balanced and in control.
The way your muscles work when resisting movement is well known for creating more soreness in the following days, known as delayed onset muscle soreness. This is because when your muscles work to resist or decelerate movement, they actually contract while they are being stretched. This creates little “micro traumas” in the muscles causing the soreness. It is not known exactly what kind of trauma is causing the soreness.
In fact, simply overstretching can also cause this delayed onset muscle soreness, so work your way to increased flexibility and mobility by respecting the progression time and not wanting it all at once. You can get my FREE cheatsheet with the stretches every skier should do here.
Together with a good ski specific workout, it will help you against getting sore from skiing.