Originally Posted by Treewell
I think the ski world has become over cluttered with gear, instruction and technique...fine....
Any good skiers here ( or in any sport) who are acually thinking..."while they ski"... about their technique or style probably can't
ski that well. Any thoughts?
You realize you posted this question in a forum whose membership is comprised of people that never really stop thinking about skiing. I.e. it's August and you're getting answers.
I think Ghost somed it up pretty well. I know for me sometimes it depends what I'm doing and on what. When I'm on FIS skis it seems to take more focus. When I'm in bumps I need to think about it more (because I suck at them) and when I'm racing, that is all I think about.
I'm also one of those people that get told to stop thinking so much. I over think EVERYTHING.
I think what is really happening with folks that say they don't/do think about whatever it is they're doing, is directly related how good they are at it. I used to run to help my mind relax. I thought of everything but running, but running is a fairly basic event. I would also notice that sometimes I was thinking do much about something else, I would slow way down and have to speed up. Again, when I was racing, all I would think about was my form and running faster. OK, I would think a little bit about tactics like when to pass someone but not much else (passing people running uphill can make them say "F it!").
I would venture to say that more experienced people think less about how to doe what they are doing but they probably pay very close attention to what they are doing and their environment. There I think is another distinguisher. Are you thinking about how you are doing it or what you are doing. I know I had some close call with traffic while running and letting my thoughts wander. I did get hit by a truck once but that was because I foolishly though pedestrians on a sidewalk have the right of way, and thought I didn't have to pay that close of attention. How many times have you seen a skier completely oblivious to others skiing around them.
There are other times I have to listen to music while I'm doing something or I think too much. Especially simple tasks like tuning skis. I tell my wife it's to drown out all the voices
. She also willingly talks to me via cell phone while I'm driving home (it's Bluetooth ) because she knows 40 minutes of me with nothing but my thoughts will bring forth trouble. Especially if I'm stewing about work.
Thinking is good. I wish more people did it