November 24, 2006


Blair moved the course up on to 3500 today. This was much steeper than Rosolin; not the kind of steep that would have caused any of us problems if we were free skiing but steep enough to make the line required for the gates very scarey.

I found that I couldn't quite get centred on the skis quite enough to feel safe and, as such, I skied the course in a defensive style that skidded most of the turns and that attempted to slow me down at each turn rather than aiming to maintain or increase the speed. In general I was frustrated with the day.

My main problem seemed to be that I was unable to use techniques that I'd been using yesterday to keep me forward as they would speed me up and speeding up wasn't what I wanted to do. I wasn't that far back but I also wasn't carving the turns cleanly. After several runs where I clipped my inside ski on gates (resulting in fairly amusing falls), I found that I couldn't get close enough to the gates and I started looking down at my ski tips and the oncoming gate (not a good plan).

Since we were all having a hard time on the course the rut lines were uneven and irregular and that made the course harder. I probably got two or thee half runs that I was reasonably happy with and the rest were pants. The last run before lunch resulted in me losing it near the bottom gates and crashing out of the course through a gate which I managed to take on the chin... I had been looking for a chin guard or a new helmet with a chin guard but hadn't been able to find one... At lunch the whole right side of my face was numb, and eventually it came back to life and only the large bump on the right side of my chin hurt...

We had several more runs after lunch where Blair timed us. This was very rough and ready as Dougie's timing equipment was playing up and involved Blair waving his arm and checking his watch... The idea was not to compare times with each other but to try slightly different styles of skiing in the gates and see how that affected our own times. It seemed that everything I tried made me slower, but by then I was tired and the course had beaten me.

It'll be interesting to get back to Rosolin next week and see how much easier it all seems on the flatter pitches. Hopefully we'll get back up on 3500 early next week and have another crack at the steeper stuff.

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Posted by Len at November 24, 2006 06:09 PM | Categories: R21 - Race training , Season 2 - Ski Days
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