Ski with me this winter? Race Training with CDC Performance coming up in under 3 weeks. Two opportunities uniquely for @TheSkiClub members. Then a Women Who Ski trip with @kalumaski
Details on @TheSkiClub Trips:
Bormio Instruction Featuring Chemmy
Want to take your skiing to the next level? Join me on Ski Club's Freshtracks Bormio Instruction holiday in February! I'll be with Ski Club members on the slopes to give tips on how to improve your technique and get the most out of your time on the mountain.
Book here today: https://www.skiclub.co.uk/ski-club-holidays/bormio-instruction-featuring-chemmy
Flaine Advanced Powder Skills
I'm looking forward to a fun-filled evening with Ski Club members on the Flaine Advanced Powder Skills holiday in March. After the members have had a full day off-piste instruction, I'll be joining the group for an evening of delicious food and wine. It's a great chance to talk to me about all things skiing!
To book a place head here:
Come ski with me. Season starts in just 3 weeks. Get a head start on winter! https://www.cdcperform.com/adult-performance
In a past life which seems forever ago I was a professional athlete. A 4 Time Winter Olympian. Because ski racing is sometime classed as a gravity sport, many wrongly think more weight equates to faster speeds and times. It's an incredible skillful and physical sport. You need a challenging combination of power, endurance, strength, co ordination and agility. When I was competing I had an amazing team around me. Supporting me to manipulate my body weight and strength dependent on my goals. I remember one Olympic cycle, knowing the undulating terrain and difficulties of the downhill Olympic track, I set out to loss 5kg of weight and lower my body fat to become more agile and receptive to fast transitions in my turns. Then 4 years later the future Olympic DH was the opposite - all steep to flats so we put a programme together to become one of the heavy weights. It's hard to constantly change your natural body type.
For the past 3 or so years I have let me body do what it wants whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle (more for my mental state than physical) and making sure I was in a good condition to safely carry and deliver my two babies.
That was a stark contrast with my training of being an Olympian. Where every session, every meal is mapped out to optimise your own performance.
Since retiring, I did what I wanted when I wanted. A freestyler.
After Cooper was born I went straight back to the mountains to work. I was understandably exhausted and because I knew my tendency to be addicted to caffeine I used sugar to perk me up. In particular chocolate. It wasn't a treat it was part of my daily life. It became a habit to reach inside my naughty cupboard and
grab something. It was almost automatic.
Come late spring this year, I started upping my training and all my old aches and pains returned. The metal nail in my right leg has been ignored for so long now that my ankle mobility in my right leg is really poor. I compensate by always standing on my left side. Aside from that I looked in the mirror and realised my confidence was being affected badly by the extra KGs I was carrying. Yes i hear you say I had just had a baby. But I had given myself enough time. Given my body physically over completely to Cooper for long enough. I wanted to just do something for me.
So I contacted my friend Sarah. Although acquainted for a long time (we even went to 3 Winter Olympics together but never met nor realised we almost lived next door to each other) we only really became buddies when we worked with each other as part of the BBC Olympic Broadcasting team. At first if I am honest I was slightly intimidated by this stunning woman, physically gorgeous, professional incredibly successful and with teeth to die for! But my mum taught me that instead of being jealous of women like sarah, to befriend them. I love surrounding myself with inspiring women and there are many of you in my life.
So I needed a me make over. I needed to change bad habits. Who else to ask but Sarah. She is the Queen of transformations. And she talks to me like I am athlete. Using words I last heard in my old life. My pre babies life. And wow it ignited a fire and focus in me.
Food willpower has been at an all time
Low for me over the past years. I couldn't even buy naughty foods without constantly thinking about them. If I bought a Costco sized bag of treats then I couldn't eat a few and slowly work my way through. The way I thought about it was I know over the next week I would eat that whole bag so I might as well eat it right now all in one go!
Sarah took all the sugar out my diet. Almost all the carbs too. (I needed a certain amount as I am breastfeeding) It was like going back to school- re-educating me on the good and bads nutritionally. I mostly followed her plan - I say mostly because I have a really creative personal chef (my husband!) who loves to freestyle in the kitchen with flavours. He supported me fully and followed the same plan. (Even though he most definitely doesn't need to lose weight!) The fear of overhauling my fridge and life was huge but the change was completely do-able. The results achievable with a little guidance (Day 4 What's app to sarah- I need sugar. What's a good cheat snack??!!) I am not even going to call it a diet. It's more like listening to my body and understanding what it needs. I don't miss carbs for breakfast- I love cooking a huge scramble of eggs, chorizo, mushrooms and spinach. I now know that if I need carbs sweet potatoes and oats are my go to's that give me energy without bloating.
My self respect is back. I have been able with support from Sarah, Dougie, Jacqui and Bethany to live by my needs which in the end is making me a way better mum to my boys anyhow.
Thank my amazing husband for putting my needs before his. For cooking me healthy and scrummy food. And even putting up with my sugar craving hanger.
Maternal Mental Health Matters (so does paternal health but this week is all about the mums)
If she's smiling, she's coping.
If she's laughing, she doesn't need help.
If her baby is happy, then her mum has got it nailed.
Don't let external moments of happiness fool you. New mothers need support. And it's really hard sometimes to ask for help.
You feel like you should be in this bubble of joy with your new little baby which you have waited 9 months for.
But those first days, weeks, months, even years are a huge challenge and a rollercoaster of emotions.
I find it really hard to tell people that sometimes I struggle. I have always been, through my career as a ski racer and multiple injuries even somehow my mum passing away when I was just 23 years old, able to put on a show to the world that I have this. I got this. Most of the time I did.
Managing motherhood is a whole different ball game. Overnight you feel like you lose who you are and have to become someone else- someone completely selfless whose little baby is massively dependent on.....24/7.
I have recently learnt that asking for help is not a weakness but the utmost strength.
Mothers are Sheros. Not superheroes. They, we, need help. And support. Every one of us. Even those whose Instagram accounts are full of smiling selfies and happy babies.
Am lucky to have my Motherhood Podcast to meet and speak to so many amazing mums and dad in a completely real, non judged environment where I learn how to be true to myself and more honest in the image I put out to the world through social media.
Introducing Cooper Crawford 16.01.19 to the world. Our little bundle of sunshine. Thanks HelloMagazine for the shoot in the gorgeous SkiStar resort of Åre. Full spread in Hello out now and online link - https://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/mother-and-baby/2019021769866/former-dancing-on-ice-star-chemmy-alcott-baby-photos
So excited to be hosting this amazing Sports Quiz with @TheLondonSportingClub and celebrity guests Amy Williams and @gregrutherford. For an amazing cause Right To Play UK
Great competition, banter and yummy food!!
21st March 2019
Excited my first podcasts are up on I Tunes. Am proud of my random, silly, sometime informative chat. Hope you all enjoy it too #Chemmyschairliftchats
Will be asking you all for questions for the next one? Message me below and I will try and answer
I will be providing race support open to everyone (non CDC club members included) for 11th and 12th August weekend races in Manchester Chill Factore
- 11th August Anglo Welsh Indoor Championships
- 12th August British Indoor Championships
Price Per Day for on hill coaching - £40 CDC Members, £50 non CDC Members
Please note minimum numbers needed.
For more info and book your place please email INFO@CDCPERFORM.COM
Adult Performance Camp 2018
At CDC Performance, we don't just support the on snow development of your children, we can help YOU develop your skills too. A fabulous long weekend in which everyone leaves with more confidence and self belief in their skiing, early season technical improvements, great memories and new friends.
Summer Lovin' had me a blast