Monday, September 24, 2001 - Perspective
NSDT Update: "The Kyosh"

- By: Mike Argue


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"Kybosh"...a word that has become synonymous with some members of our team. For those of you who are not familiar with this word, as I wasn't before returning to Canmore this summer, the "kybosh" is what happens to an athlete who is forced to miss a training session or training sessions due to fatigue. The kybosh is usually administered by an athlete's coach, though the "self-kybosh" may sometimes also occur. The predominant indicators of whether or not the kybosh will be "handed down" are the athlete's personal feeling and the Rusko heart rate monitor test. Other possible indicators that an athlete is tired and in need of a rest are things such as low heart rates during intensity and high lactate numbers during easy training. It is when these decisions are handed down, that your mind comes into play. While you are lying in bed, watching TV, or simply doing an easy hour, your teammates are out working hard, digging deep in their intensity and strength sessions and in your view preparing much more efficiently for the upcoming racing season. We are competitive endurance athletes and it is natural for us to want to train more than the next person. At these low moments you have to realize that our training season is long and that a missed session here and there is not the end of the world. It is when it becomes an ongoing saga of poor Ruskos and tired legs that you have to start to explore the idea that something may be wrong. You have to look at your lifestyle habits. Getting enough sleep and eating can have a detrimental effect on performance if they are not done properly. Along with this it can be helpful to visit a doctor and make sure that you haven't picked up a virus or something worse.

This brings us to my current predicament. Having enjoyed what I deemed to be a strong summer of training, after arriving in Canmore my energy seems to have dwindle and during my Rusko tests I see little or no recovery. Because of this I have not participated in recent intensity and strength sessions and I am now waiting for the results of a blood test in hope that all will be well and I can get back into hurting myself. As I have already said, with both dry-land and on snow it is a very long season. But at this point, time is precious. With the race season beginning in early November, it leaves little time for mistakes. I shall pray for a good Rusko...

Enjoy the last breath of warmer weather before the real on-snow fun begins.

(Mike Argue is a loyal NWT athlete who committed to skiing as a Junior Man and has quickly made a name for himself in the Canadian ski world. Mike now lives in Canmore for most of the year where he pursues his Olympic dreams.)

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