So you all know the story of my crash this summer and getting back on the horse just last week for my last ski of the season which went very well. My coach and I had a discussion about how we'll approach next season and we talked about my ongoing struggle with the wake at 15 off. I am skiing a D3 Custom X with double boots. Again, as I have previously posted I really seem to have trouble overcoming the fear of the wake and having OTF crashed on my offside. So my coach is suggesting that we work on offside pulls but at 28 off to minimize the wake. What do you think of this as a training approach?
It's my frist time back on FifteenOff since last year and I figured I'd start a new diary detailing where I'm at this year.
Basically, I spent the winter thinking about my body position in the wake pulls and when I went out for my first few skis in May it seemed that all that thinking paid off a bit. I made up my mind that I was simply going to just "do" all that I've been told and read about regarding the stacked position in the wake pull. I found that really emphasizing the "pushing out of the chest" really seemed to help. In other words, when I pushed my chest out to the point that I felt like I probably looked stupid I actually was just right. This tells me that the correct position is going to "feel" awkward for some time to come. Several things happened...my hips came up much closer to the handle and my ski stayed on edge through the wakes much better...at least on my onside.
But I'm still having a problem with my offside. It seems that no matter how hard I try to "lock in" the position (shoulder blades back, chest proud, arms straight and touching sides, hips up to the handle) as soon as I hit that first wake I let my shoulders come forward and well, then it just deteriorates. I'm still stronger than last year and maybe not an OTF crash about to happen everytime but I just can't seem to stop doing this. For some reason I seem to have an ingrained fear of the wakes on my offside but on my onside I can pull like crazy and no issues. Any idea what I can do about this?
I am shadowing at 15 off, 32 mph but just barely.
I'm new to this site and what a great site...I like the fact that it's for "the rest of us" although at 22 off, Joel, you're fast becoming "not one of us"!
I'm nearly 55 years old and have been skiing since I was 9. But basically a cottage hacker and had no clue about what serious slalom skiing entails. That was until I discovered a private ski club right near where I live in Newmarket, Ontario. I skiied there last year as a guest and joined this year.
Wake crossings, especially my off-side (I'm LFF) proved to be my undoing. I was an accident (read OTF crash) just waiting to happen. After a whole summer of coaching I seem to be able to hold a fairly good body position at 15 off and 32 mph but I still tend to let the rope out (ie shoulders come forward) as I hit the 2nd spray line. Turns are OK but still learning to counter rotate and all that. I am shadowing the balls at 15 off and 32.
I thought I'd be clever and drop the speed to 30 in the hopes that I could run the balls. What a disaster. I've never had such a bad time skiing as I did last night. It's back to 32 and shadowing for me. I seemed to forget everything I know when I got the idea in my head that it would be easy to go around those balls at 30.
So for me right now I am working again on correct body position in the wake crossing and using my hips to turn instead of my shoulders. There's so many things to remember I sometimes feel like it's overload.
Anybody else out there struggling like me?