I came across this old thread (here) and was wondering after 6+ years and advances in ski technology what are some more modern day racing tips. (i.e. technique, mental).
Racing Tips updated
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Here are a few that I have gleaned coaching little kids and big kids.
-Extra long poles. Big start. Big skate.
-Always tune at least a little. Even if you just run a stone down the side - the extra "sharpness" translates into extra confidence. They're sharp - They'll hold.
-Put fun stickers on your ski tips. I have Yoda and Obi-wan. They make me smile and "let go." I can feel the force flowing through me.
-Put "R" and "T" on your top sheets in front of your bindings where you can see them. "R" = Race. "T" = Train. Flip feet accordingly for best race edge.
-Wrap about 10-20 turns of quality duct (duck?) tape under your pole handle(s). The 3-4 feet of tape stored there has a million uses. Black is faster.
-Dont be afraid to pull out your liners and apply tape/foam etc to spots the feel "loose." Under the heel - on top of the toes - here there. Make the boots FIT. You cannot "break" your liner.
-Have your athletes carefully inspect each other. Make sure everyone is zipped, buckled, cinched, and clipped. Help your team mates! Make sure their goggles are down.
This last one is a big one for mental health and physical performance. Face it - for most of us, racing is almost totally anaerobic. 30-60 seconds and done. Not much breathing going on. Waiting to start is very stressful with elevated heart rate. We also tend to forget to breath. Consciously hyperventilate a bit 2-3 racers ahead of time. Saturate blood with O2. Calms you down and gives muscles short term O2