A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

If you want to spend the day with Alex Cisar, then it means a very early wake-up call, like 5:30 am! That is how the 2019 double IBU Youth World Champion from Slovenia starts his training day.

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Cool Training up to 2236 Meters
“I like to wake up at that time because the weather is quite cool in the morning and the training conditions are just perfect. After about 10, it is just too hot and I do not like the heat. That also gives me time to eat breakfast about an hour before I start training. Today, like always, I had cereal and yogurt. Then I hiked for three hours up Mount Stol, the highest peak in the Karavanke Alps, at 2236 meters. When I got to the top, there was some snow up there, so it was a nice change from the hot summer weather. The feeling was really nice.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Hiking Fuel
Even with a good breakfast of cereal and yogurt, a long hike or training session requires some extra nutrition. “I took my water belt with some sports drink in it and some sport bars to eat. If I did not have that, it would be very hard. One time, I forgot to take something to eat; it was about 1.5 hours back to the car and so hard; my legs were shaking so bad that I do not want to do that again!”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Primary School Visit
After the long hike, Cisar had the chance to go back to his old primary school, a place he left just four years ago. “It was quite exciting. I did a motivational speech for the students. It was quite fun with all of the young faces staring at me and listening about my experiences. It was nice to recall some good memories from my days there. Some of the teachers are still there; remembered me and said they watched my results and followed me on TV. It is really nice to have that support from them, especially since I just graduated from high school this month and here I was back at my educational roots.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

“Enjoy What You are Doing”
During the school visit, he admitted most of the questions were just standard, but his favorite was, “What is the best advice you can give?” The answer sums up this young champion’s philosophy of life. “The best thing you can do in your life is to enjoy what you are doing. If you do not like or enjoy what you are doing, then there is no sense to keep on going on that particular thing. If you wake up in the morning and you have the idea that it is the best day, enjoy it as much as possible. Then you will always have a positive attitude.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar
A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Spaghetti and Lakeside Afternoon
With a big training block behind him, there was a protein shake to hold him over to lunch…at the old school. “The teachers were so nice to invite me to lunch. We had Spaghetti Bolognese. It tasted just like it did four years ago; that was my absolute favorite meal when I was back in primary school!”

After the school visit and lunch, it was time to enjoy a bit of summer on a sunny afternoon. “I went to Lake Bohinj with some friends. We swam, relaxed and played volleyball for a few hours.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

In the Gym
As the day wound down, there was the standard second training session. “I went to the gym for about an hour. It was nothing special, an ordinary gym session, some weights and kettle ball work; double-poling on the machine.” By then, it was 6 pm and time to head home for some dinner.

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Family Chef
Even after a busy day, Cisar arrived at his parents’ home where he lives, in time to prepare dinner. “I am passionate about cooking. I cook all of my lunches and dinners myself; it is really fun. I am the chef, not my mom. Her job is to do the washing up; mine is to cook the meal. It is a fair trade, but actually cooking is a lot more fun than washing up!” Regarding his food choices, he added, “I am not a person who counts every calorie, but still I keep track of what I eat. I know that nutrition is a big part of professional sports; without good food there will never be any perfect results. Before every race, I eat my special dishes. Still, I know that if once in while I eat some cookies or sweets, I know that it is not so bad. Tiramisu is my favorite indulgence.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Guitar, Photography and Flying
Since there were no dishes to wash, the young Slovenian star had some time to relax after dinner. “I like music, so I played my guitar while watching a movie. It helps me calm down, to think about other things and get away from sports. The guitar is my favorite thing to do along with photography and making small videos about my training. Editing and printing my photos is a big passion. Then, there is one other thing that might be surprising. I am very keen about flying sports airplanes. I have flown quit a lot and am thinking about getting my private pilot’s license in the near future.”

A Day in the Life of Alex Cisar

Big Goals
With another solid training day in the books, the 19-year-old reflected on his goals for the coming season. “I think my goals are quite high, maybe impossible but I think are quite doable. I want to get into the top 60, to make the pursuit (in the IBU or World Cup); that is the ultimate dream. On the other hand, if I do not make it, I will not be disappointed because the level of the seniors is just so high that I know it will take a lot of training to be at their level.”

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