Oct. 6, 2009
Small Team - Big Voice
October has arrived, and for a skier that means harder, longer and tougher workouts. Even though January, and the first collegiate races, might seem far away, we need to be 100% percent ready when we hit the slopes or take on the toughest xc-courses in the country. In other words we need to build speed, strength, coordination, agility and endurance, and the next two months before snow arrives is the time to do it.
When we're facing these tough workouts, having a great team-spirit is everything. If you're having fun with your teammates outside of practice, you're more likely to have fun at practice as well. You have an incentive to push yourself harder and cheer on your teammates to do the same thing. We can all be good skiers, but working together as a team and building team spirit is the key to winning the NCAA Championships in March (which we are going to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, March 10-14. 2010!!!)
To us, team spirit is not only important within the Ski Team, but also within all the athletic teams at UNM. We feel it is important for the other teams at UNM to know that we support them and that their athletic success is a big part of our motivation. Showing up for their home games and cheering them on is important to us, and we go as often as we can.
As a relatively small team, it is important to us to make ourselves noticeable in the Lobo community. Whether it is athletic achievements, academic success, or showing up at the women's soccer game with GO LOBOS painted on our bodies on a chilly October night.
Martin Kaas (The L)
Junior Nordic Skier, Oslo, Norway