Q&A with Coach MacPherson
Nov. 29, 2013
Q: What are you goals for both the men's and women's Ski Teams this season?
A: Our goal every season is to qualify athletes to the NCAA's (NCAA Championships). In our third season of EISA competition, this is becoming more of a realistic goal. As always, the focus for our staff is to provide a competitive and fulfilling experience for all athletes on our roster.
Week to week, we are looking to place our athletes into the "start seed" for that event. There are many racers on the team who have the ability to do this, but it puts an incredible emphasis on consistent finishing.
Q: Are there any racers who you think will have a breakout year?
A: Right now on the women's side, Michelle Solomon. She has had a great fall with our strength and conditioning staff. She has the tools to be a very competitive athlete for our program.
Q: What do the fall workouts consist of?
A: Overall, we have had a great fall in the weight room with 64 practices in 12 weeks with 100% attendance. We are literally in "good shape" for the season. With the new FIS equipment regulations, we focused on lower body bulk more than in previous years. The program had three lifts and three agility sessions per week. We guided the progression using periodization techniques custom tailoring every practice to deliberately fit an oscillating cycle of strenuous workouts followed by recovery.
Q: Are there any exciting events in this year's schedule?
A: Over Thanksgiving we are traveling to Summit County, Colorado for seven days of training before the season starts. Thanksgiving dinner will be hosted by Michael and Trisha Barney, parents of freshman Ryan Barney at their home in Colorado. We are looking forward to opening up the season on December 7th at Sunday River for a FIS Slalom Series.