View Full Version : For how long do you ski in a session?

08-02-2013, 12:37 PM
I live on a river and ski behind by PS197 most mornings before work starting at 5:30 a.m. and I am at work by 8 am. I'm an open water skier, age 54. My usual routine is to ski about 2 miles on SAG conditions, turning as quickly as possible and always pulling hard across both wakes. I consider myself fit and doing a 4 minute run seems to be a great workout for me even though it's not a long workout session. Needless to say it's the most fun a person can have in 4 minutes so I'm reluctant to call it a workout. After I ski, my partner skis back to the dock. We're very efficient. I'll ski longer on the weekends but my primary workout revolves around my 4 minute sessions on most weekday mornings during the "summer" months. I've never had access to a slalom course so I don't track ski runs by sets. Am I a wimp at age 54 to ski hard for only 4 minutes and call that a day? I think not. My muscles tell me they are definitely getting a good work out. I've read several articles lately about how short, intense workouts are proven to work. I did CrossFit for one year and liked it very much but it was too high impact for my legs (box jumps etc.). I've been an open water slalom skier for nearly 50 years and love it!

08-02-2013, 01:12 PM
Open water skiing is different from course skiing wich is short runs that last only 40 seconds but are more intense once you sart shorthening the rope.
No way i could ski for 4 miles with the intensity of skiing 32 off.
That said,i think you re in good shape to be able to ski that long without stopping for a breather but the intensity of course skiing is something ...different.
I ski early too,only boat on the lake with a couples of fishermens.First set is 6-7 passes and 4-5 passes on the second set.
Best way to start the day!!!

08-02-2013, 02:51 PM
course skiing wich is short runs that last only 40 seconds

You ski at 15 MPH??? :D

Am I a wimp at age 54 to ski hard for only 4 minutes and call that a day? I think not.

Definitely not a wimp. I know I could not ski 4 minutes in a row pulling across both wakes the whole time. But I agree with Andre above - 2 sets of 6 passes @ 34 mph in a slalom course is much more intense than open water skiing. I skied 2 sets last night, 2nd set running [email protected]' 34 mph and my body and hands were COOKED afterwards.

08-02-2013, 03:04 PM
You ski at 15 MPH??? .

Why not,Nate does it.


08-02-2013, 03:34 PM
I'm 54, and I dream of the days when I could ski for 4 minutes straight. 2 minutes or so then rest, and back out for 2 minutes, that's about it for me. Guess I need to get in better shape.

08-02-2013, 03:37 PM
Needless to say it's the most fun a person can have in 4 minutes

Maybe second most. . .

Kidding aside, I think your body will let you know if it's a workout. As you said, your muscles are the immediate feedback mechanism and your breathing will also let you know you've made a muscular effort. I guess a fitness pro would tell you that if you want to "build" then you'd need to lengthen and intensify. . .but for maintenance exercise, I should think the same routine is both valid and ample. I have only just started skiing and wakeboarding in the last month (at the age of 50), and I noticed that this week is the first where I didn't "feel" the weekend afterwards. I worked the water harder this past weekend than any previous, but felt less achy. . .to me that means my muscles are stronger and therefore previous sessions created the benefit (cuz I sure don't work out any other way). Just my 2 cents.

08-02-2013, 03:39 PM
I heard Lucky Lowe say he likes to go out and do 100 turns in a free ski set. I believe he is close to your age also, and has no acl's.

08-02-2013, 03:41 PM
... Guess I need to get in better shape.
Not at all.I could ski around the lake for half hour easily but i m tired after 6-7 pass in the course.
It s all about the intensity of your skiing.

08-02-2013, 03:48 PM
My 6 pass set lasts approximately 102 seconds - 1 minute and 42 seconds... I ski 2 sets... Last night the water was so good, i skied 8 passes on one of my sets, add 34 seconds.

I was so sore this morning, when the alarm went off, all i did was moan about how cooked i was

08-04-2013, 11:49 AM
I ski 4-6 minutes... bunch of hard cuts then cruise behind boat holding handle with inside of elbow joint for a minute or so..then...then hit the cuts again... - will be 54 this december. :)

08-04-2013, 12:10 PM
I've been working out 3 days a week doing 40 minutes of cardio over an hour and a half at least workout session. Mainly due to recovery from shoulder surgery but decided to get into better shape.
I ski in open water 15 off and run my imaginary course relax a bit and hit it again. Usually ski for a 4-5 minute session timed it just to see. After the run I am still huffin and puffin. My PT guy says I just need to ski more as I tell him I,m pretty sore a couple of days later.

I'm 56. After skiing I wakeboard a bit (just to keep ahead of my daughter) and surf. Son is due back soon so I might have to amp it up a bit.

Getting old sucks! Trying to stay in shape even sucks more! But I'll be D!MN if I'll let my kids show me up on the water.:)