Summer is winding down, we have been playing hard and cross training to tune our bodies for the ski season (physio). Our equipment is coming together, boots fitted and balanced, skis tuned and waxed (equipment). What is left?.... Well our technique or how we move on our skis and our psychological intent are the two factors we begin to focus on this time of year in anticipation of the first day on snow. So what are you thinking about as you visualize your turns this season?
Putting together an accurate picture in my head I can rehearse over and over like a golfer grooving his/her swing help me ingrain new focuses into my skiing. I find that melding my psychological intent with the detailed movement directions and timing help me pick up where I left off last season. I find myself stepping through turns in my living room, bracing off walls and furniture to mimic body leans and forces, timing my turn releases with my turning feet and edge angles. All trying to make some subtle tweaks to my performance.
I want to be more offensive and less brakey, I want to begin releasing my turns sooner while continuing to turn my feet to complete the turn while moving across my skis rather than making any braking "edge sets". I want to perfect skiing the "slow line fast". Watching videos of great skiers helps to anchor the visuals and translate to sensations I believe I should be feeling. This mental rehearsal is key to starting the season on the right foot for me. It wakes up the proprioceptors in my feet and primes my system for action.
I take an inventory of where I stand in my "TEPP" performance assessment. The "T" or technique and the "P" for psychological are where my efforts are focused nearing the start of the season, but are they accurate as they can be? Is my "P" Physiological condition good from a Summer of pedaling and paddling and is my "E" or equipment dialed into my specific alignment needs and preferences. Assessing each parameter in TEPP and identifying possible weaknesses and making a plan to improve the weak links will insure better ski performance on the slopes.
edge release sooner while continuing to finish the turn (twist n tip) is my first focus for the season!
Now where are my ski socks?.......