Small success. Felt great today with offside turn. Once I knew I was around buoy, I just made sure to keep my body long and stood on my front foot. I ski came around smoothly and effortlessly.
I got lucky despite high boat traffic of cruisers, kneeboarders, etc. Spun 6 full passes back to back at 32/15off before I was spent and impending huge waves were on the horizon.
This seems to happen every summer...just when I start feeling good, the summer is over. Yesterday I wanted to see how many 32mph/15 I could run in a row spinning at the ends. I free skied up to the course then ran 5 full and just missed 6 ball on my 6th pass. I was whipped and ended up straining my neck.
Skied again today despite a very stiff neck. Running practically all of my 32/15 but I'd say only 1 in 4 feels smooth and fully connected. My downfall is offside. When it goes bad, I get on my heel, plow for awhile, then finally get into a cutting position. Also, I often still crunch forward in an effort to get the ski to bite and turn. I end up having to crush my onside turn and cut.
Fun ski weekend.
This past Saturday we held our annual Wilmington Ski Warriors Tournament at Wilmington Recreation Club in Illinois. Over 30 skiers competed. My son Timmy went uncontested in his divisions, having fun in slalom and trick. Max took 1st place in Boys II slalom against two other competitors. Additonally, Max won the coveted Ron Romanowski Achievement Award. Kara took first in Girls III scoring 2 buoys at 32mph 15off. I took 2nd among 4 with a score of 4 bouys at 34/15. My friend Ed took first place in Men's 34 slalom...getting into 32off followed by great tricking and a barefoot exposition.
We just beat out the storm which wiped out power in the club. Thankfully, gracious club members and a great DJ cranked up enough generators to power the dance and award ceremony. Great day, great people!
Good day at the lake today. After a few tries with the easy-up rope, Timmy got up on one ski like he's been doing it for years...looked rock solid once he got up as well. He turned 9 in June. I'll post some more pics and video when I can. Conratulations Timmy! Max and Kara are nervous...as am I. You'll be caught up to us in no time.
Yesterday we had a great day on the water with Seth Stisher. Despite the lake being open to all, we did not encounter one other boat all day. Perfect weather, great people, beautiful site...praise the Lord.
Joel will add some content about the whole day, following are just my personal notes.
First off, Seth is one of the greatest people you'll ever meet. His being a great skier and coach is secondary to me.
Before too much time goes by, I wanted to document some keys for both Max and I.
1. Work on gate move...weight on front foot and then fall hips towards gate, both forward and side. This will set stage for next one.
2. Power through the wakes to allow early transition and ability to carry out, cast ski, and open up body for long wide turn.
I must slow down the boat a bit to be able to think and react...with the goal of running a full pass the same as I run 1 and 2 ball.
1. Continue to work on body position...upper body up, arms low, look down the tow line, aggressive through both wakes.
Max should continue his rhythmic progress through course...he's on the verge of running the course. Short term...run 1,2,3, and shadow 4,5,6.
Who's going to Nationals? Looks like open men is monday.
First post in a long time. Not skiing much. Only three times out so far. Ran 2/4 passes at 32/15 the 4 times the course was clear. Kara got her game going and was killing 30/15 and skiing a marathon.
My biggest success is being where I left off last summer and not being in pain. Very rough winter with back, hip, and knee issues. If I'm skiing with little to no pain...it's a success. I never get tired of it.
We are probably having Seth out for a clinic the week of August 7.