Get ready for the new race season: Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

FasterSkierSeptember 8, 2006

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of one of our most popular articles last fall. We want our new readers to be as prepared as our old ones for those less-than-stellar race days. As you prepare for the new season, you should brush up on your excuses as well. Not that you'll ever need them, of course….

“I need to re-string my racquet, “I was tired from football practice”, “I couldn’t concentrate”, I’m new to altitude”. ‘I must be dehydrated”…

– Our 13-year old daughter gave me the idea to compile a list over bad excuses for poor race results in cross country skiing. She is involved in the local tennis program and I frequently hear about the boy’s excuses when she beats them. I started to think that this sounded very familiar to what I have heard over the years as a coach and competitor in cross country skiing as well. I might even have used some of these excuses myself!

So the idea occurred to me: Wouldn't it be easier to prepare for the season by compiling a list of ready-made excuses, rather than training?

It’s a lot simpler to prepare for the season this way as opposed to drag yourself off the couch for daily rollerski or running sessions. Distance training is one thing, but intervals — Ouch! And what about the idea of getting your terrible eating habits under control? Don’t you hate the idea of less beer, cookies and ice cream in order to lose some body fat and get fit?

So skiers from around the World “help us help you” by contributing to the very first list of excuses. Add your own excuses at the bottom of the article.

Imagine how nice and relaxing it will be this winter when you have hundreds of good excuses figured out before you go to the starting line. You can always count on!


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