December 02, 2006

Week 3

During this week I felt that some of the improvements from last week had really stuck and become part of my skiing, which was great. We then added some more elements to the mix, or increased the focus on some things and this put my performance in the gates back a bit as I struggled to control the new movements and maintain a line. Having worked on smoother edge changes and pressure control I now need to work on smooth and continuous angulation rather than just 'throwing my hip in' when I get to the gate. It's something that's pretty easy to work on out of the gates so I can continue to work on it; in fact I find it easier outside the gates as I don't have to worry about the line.

The longer run on Tuesday was great fun; I definitely prefer full sized gates and having a longer course really lets you get into the swing of things. It was good to go back to 3500 and find that, this week, I could still maintain control and ski a good line in the steeper gates.

I think that, for me at least, it would have been beneficial to have gone back down on to Rosolin to practice the smoother, consistent angulation as I found it hard work to work on this on the steeper pitch. Still, there's plenty of time to work on that later in the season.

Overall I've been very happy with the whole setup for the Slalom course with R21 this season. The hotel (The Alpaka Lodge) and food was good, the organisation and coaching was great and I feel I got a lot out of it and that my skiing has improved. The video analysis was good and it was handy to be given a CD with all the footage on it at the end of the week. About the only thing that could have made it better would have been automated timing on every run so that we could get a feel for what differences the various changes in line and smoothness made to our times. But, that's a very small complaint.

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Posted by Len at December 2, 2006 01:28 PM | Categories: Season 2 - Weekly Reviews
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