We had a great four day session last Friday through Monday with two days of each event. Nice work!
One thing I noticed was a need to work on adapting to terrain change, and in particular revising your tactics when the terrain gets steeper. Last Sunday we moved from lower Frank's to upper Frank's where the terrain was much more challenging. As a result many of us were far less successful in the afternoon. When the terrain gets steeper we need to be more extreme with the angles we make with our lower body (knees and hips). We cannot ski the same style on the steeps as we do on the flats. Many of you did so and did not realize much success because you did not adjust your tactics. On top of that, there were a lot of long faces as a result of the lack of success, and frankly a lot of quitting in the middle of the course.
Instead of getting frustrated and quitting, let's adapt and fight! We need to ski a higher line, which means that we need to hit the rise line higher, and we need to push harder on the ski and flex the knees and ankles more. So, let's keep in mind that when the going gets tougher, we need to get tougher and smarter. We can't ski the same line as we do on the flats, and as importantly we can't complain about how difficult it is. Instead, we need to rise to the occasion, accept the challenge, and fight to succeed.
On a more positive note, we had an amazing slalom day on Monday, and I was proud of everyone' effort.
This weekend we have another training block. In an effort to maintain balance between GS and slalom, we will train GS on Friday and follow that with slalom on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for our next race on Saturday March 2 which is a stubbie slalom at Willard. So, here's the schedule:
Friday 2/22, GS skis, and GS training
Saturday 2/23, Slalom skis and slalom training
Sunday 2/24, Slalom skis and slalom training
On a final note, Coach Eric made an observation which he suggested that I share with you. Many racers do not buckle their boots tight enough and some not at all! In addition, some people's power strap is not fastened tightly. It is important to buckle your boots tightly and to fasten your power strap because the boot is the tool that translates to the movement of your lower body to the skis. Loose boots means a less direct and less quick translation of your movements and results in less effective turning power. Keep that in mind.
That's it for now. Email us with any questions. Looking forward to a great weekend!