My name is Holly Brooks and I am VERY excited to be the head
coach for the West High Cross Country Ski Team! I hear that snow is already
I suppose I should tell you a bit about myself: I am a
Racing on the Western NCAA circuit took me all over the
country, offering a myriad of experiences from flying to
We had a lot of fun that summer!
I am excited to hear that we may have up to 60 athletes coming out to participate in skiing this year! I realize that within that group, there will be a wide spread of athletes, all with different performance/participation interests. It is one of my goals to plan practices, organize events, and provide support and leadership to fit a wide range of students. If there are athletes who have focused goals for State, I want to help them be the fastest skier they can be.† If someone is on the team because itís a good way to get exercise and have fun with their friends, that's great too!
In addition to coaching for West, I plan to work at AMH three days a week and supplement that with some substitute teaching. That way I can fully submerge myself in the ski world as well as (hopefully) have some contact with athletes in the building while seeing what I think of teaching.
I continue to be impressed by the size and organization of Alaska High School Skiing and can't wait to become a part of it. The parental support that Iíve received up to this point, even though Iím 2400 miles away has been amazing! I've got to say, itís one of the primary reasons I decided to accept this position. I look forward to working with all of you as we try to make West Skiing the best it can be.
A special note to the athletes: I am really stoked to meet you guys! For those of you who are interested in being competitive, I hope you've been staying active. If you haven't, the sooner you start, the faster you'll be by the first race. Even something as simple as going for runs and doing some general strength, i.e. push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, dips, etc., will help immensely! If you are ambitious, try to do some interval workouts before official practice starts. Try a simple ladder such as 2,3,4,3,2 either running or roller skiing. This means run for 2 minutes (use equal rest if you havenít been doing intervals), rest, run for three minutes, rest for three minutes, run for four, rest for four and so on. These should be done at a pace where you can sustain a decent speed for the entire length of the interval.† They arenít easy but you shouldnít be trying to sprint either.† Itís important to get your lungs working!† Congratulations to those of you who have been working hard. Keep it up and be prepared to work harder when I arrive!
I will be departing for
Thanks for sticking with my long email and I look forward to meeting you all up North!