It hurts the athlete’s soul if you won’t be with the team for a competition, BUT as I announced it, at the moment it feels like the right way to give the body a chance to regenerate and strengthen. As I can’t win the overall World Cup this year, at least this decision is a little easier … 😉
Not being there in Zakopane does not mean a break for me and is far from the idea of simply putting my feet up. And it’s not a complaint either, because I know that many, many people are struggling with far worse problems. BUT I am not making the mistake of the last few months and keep telling myself “it will work, just go on”, but now I have to subordinate the priorities to my body, even if it really hurts the athlete’s soul.
The situation during and after the Ski Flying World Championships, when even climbing upstairs caused me pain, was enough to point out to me that it’s time and now I absolutely have to listen to my body. Especially since ski jumping is still a dangerous sport in itself and you should be fit on the hill. I use this time gap to regenerate and to work on my body and to strengthen it. For this I have a precise personal plan every day, a precise program in which I work every day, sometimes with different specialists from different areas.
In the coming days, for example, special training blocks will also focus on addressing muscle groups that you normally don’t even know as a ski jumper. On the one hand, there are physiotherapies and various training sessions that are generally aimed at “fundamental” strengthening. In addition to a few additional therapy units, I will certainly look for a small unit on a hill one day. The challenge is to keep the ski jumping rhythm. Everyone who has something to do with low back pain knows that it can be a tough thing. Imbalances and/or tensions that have built up over the years and thus “grown” cannot disappear overnight.
The bottom line is that every single day, every training session, every therapy should be a step in the direction that I can get this problem with my back under control (in the long term) and as I said, that will certainly continue beyond this year’s season. I’ll do my “homework”, keep my fingers crossed for the boys in Zakopane and then I want to be back in Lahti next week. We’ll see each other again soon, please keep your fingers crossed that my path is the right one and that this balancing act will work.