Maybe I've found a coach. Saturday he wasn't around, but spin-off from Hurricane Irene was, 20+ mph winds that was changing direction at the drop of a hat. I was trying to figure out what I did right on Thursday that made it feel so easy. I couldn't find much of it and struggled mightily. This was a set that I couldn't find much good in. I've done this enough to know that when you change things in your skiing, sometimes it can feel really, really bad when you miss the mark. You don't have a good grasp of the new and you don't want to execute the other way.
I had a different driver that made me uncomfortable, he was not my first choice but he was my only choice. Now don't get me wrong, I appreciate someone willing to drive for me, but that doesn't mean I won't attempt to constructively criticize the driving (I hate to be that guy, but unfortunately that is me in this case). I don't want to imply that the driving was the reason for the crappy skiing, that was due to me being in a confused state about what I'm trying to do and what I'm really doing.
After Saturday, I needed to feel something positive. Ran 22, missed 28...then the conversation begins. I know I associate connection and lean, I'm working on separating the 2. We discuss not leaning, especially right off the buoy, keeping the upper body vertical, moving into connection all that stuff. Next pass at 28 is one of those magical passes that feels pretty light , has perfect rhythm, line never breaks tension.....it's what I ski for. The next 32 starts out loaded and I struggle to do the things we're trying to do. Next 32 has a lot more good stuff to it and while I gave it a 6 on a 10 scale, he thought I was being to hard on myself. The rest of the set goes like this. While the set didn't progress like thursdays set and keep getting better, it did have some promising elements. Part of what I'm going to have to overcome is undoing some of the last years work and get my connection/lean thing worked out. I'll probably only get 1 ski day this week (which won't be enough time to figure this out) and then I have a tournament this weekend (which could be amusing).