Posted by: annjlewis | October 28, 2011

Road to Sochi

Name – Ann Lewis, Passion – Sit skiing

I’m Ann Lewis, an outgoing, adventurous sportswoman – and wheelchair user.  On the 7th March 2014 the XI winter paralympics opens in Sochi (Russia), and my mission is to be there competing at sit skiing.

This website is called the road to Sochi as it is going to chart my progression from recreational skiing, through to international competition with the end plan to be competing in the winter olympics. Will I be good enough? I don’t know but I do know that I am going to try my hardest to make it happen.

I’ll be updating this site with blog posts regularly as I train and race.

Posted by: annjlewis | April 3, 2012

dry land training

Dry land is a bit of a miss-used word in this situation as it actually refers to swimming, which isnt very dry. I’ve been in and out of the pool a lot in the last few weeks. My front crawl is getting stronger and more consistent which is good news as its only 8 weeks until my first outdoor swim of the season, in the london docklands.

The gym sessions are also progressing. I am now the owner of some suspension training kit (not as kinky as it sounds) but got funny looks when i enquired as to wether i was able to instal a bolt into the ceiling joists to hang the equipment (if not a tree will do)

Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

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Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

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Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

Combined Services Disabled Ski Team in France

Combined Services Disabled Ski Team in France

The Boma chair doing its job

Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

Fridge Training

In an effort to get better at gates I have joint Hemel Ski Race Club who meet at Hemel (as the names suggests) on a Monday evening and train. Its an opportunity to go through gates. So i have had my first try of full size gates. They arent as scary as first thought. I did learn that i have a long way to go as my rate of getting down successfully is not good.

Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

Combined Services Disabled Ski Team in Austria

Combined Services Disabled Ski Team in Austria

Posted by: annjlewis | March 17, 2012

Fridge Training

In an effort to get better at gates I have joint Hemel Ski Race Club who meet at Hemel (as the names suggests) on a Monday evening and train. Its an opportunity to go through gates. So i have had my first try of full size gates. They arent as scary as first thought. I did learn that i have a long way to go as my rate of getting down successfully is not good.

Posted by: annjlewis | January 23, 2012

a short enforced rest

Im back in the uk resting a fractured elbow no sking but atleast plaster casts come in pink

Posted by: annjlewis | January 13, 2012

Final day of Training in France

I haven’t managed a blog for the last few days, mainly due to the fact that you can only get internet in the reception area and it closes at 19:30. We have had a couple of really good days.

We did a day looking at our faults and working on what it is we are weak in. For me it is looking down hill and moving my downhill rigger backwards to allow my body to “fall” down the hill and hence the ski turn under me. This is a totally diffferent concept to how i learnt and I can do it for a while but then revert to my old pattern, which is totally opposite to what i am supposed to do.

Yesterday we went into Italy to the world cup races to watch and to ski the hill. It was ok but we didnt do much skiing and it felt odd as I am a long way from being as good as that.

Today was a solo day with me and Terry. Fram fell over his ben last night and hurt his back so the others had a day off. As it was my last day we put the slalom ski back on and went skiing to the far end of the resort and back. On many chair lifts some of them very small. The skiing was strange today, we were working on short terms. It followed Terry up a bank today and ended up doing a jump, which i landed and then fell over folding my arm backwards, I now have a very sore elbow.

I have learnt a lot over the last few days and my sking has changed lots. I am more confident as we have been skiing down black runs without thinking twice about it.

I’m off to uni next week to do the last module of my course and go back to swimming as there is no facilities for any gym or physical training.

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