This is my first full season back on skis. And I'm dedicated to work hard on ingraining decent fundamentals. Today I learned what 5 seconds of crappy quality cell-phone video can show--why my back hurts so damn much!
Late 20s mildly athletic fellow. Need to get in better shape.
Skied as a little kid from ages of 4-10. Straight ski-era. Got scared of skiing after being hit from behind, having my binding not pop off, and tearing up my left knee. Was skiing only 5-10 days a year. Parallel but no real edge work.
Snowboard from 11-to last year. Off and on when I could afford it.
Switched back to skiing last Jan after deciding I was done strapping in, hating traverses, and was intrigued by new ski tech. When I stopped skiing shaped skis were just beginning, and rocker / fat skis did not exist (in the East anyhow.)
15 days on skis last season. Mostly following friends on terrain above my head until it wasn't too scary.
Skis: Fischer Watea 84s in 176. My work on form/hardpack/bump skis.
Boots: Rossi Bsquad Carbons. 130 Flex. Shell fit is 1 1/2 fingers or 15-20mm-ish. Intuition liners 1/2 size larger than boots (27 mondo vs size 10 liners). Very snug fit all over, barely need to strap things down if just cruising. A little worried about too stiff a flex but I can feel them moving (and not just my legs inside the liners) when I push into them.
Got out for the 2nd time today on Loveland WROD. Trying to get my legs back to not killing me and work on form. Had my buddy take 5 seconds of poor quality footage with his cell phone. Sort of hard to pick me out until I ski up to him near the end. At :04 I'm the middle of three skiers, coming by in the blue jacket at the end. Just two turns in which I'm close enough to pick out form and the last one sort of looks like I called it in.
What was immediately obvious to me is why my back hurts so damn much tonight -- bending over way too much at the waist in an effort to get forward! Esp @ :15. Not sure if this how I am most the time or I was exaggerating for the camera. Recommended posture drills / "turn-thoughts" (I golf competitively for a while and always was working on finding the right "swing-thoughts) to get me forward but not in such a feeble way?
I'll keep posting here throughout the season as I try and get up the form to accomplish my season goals (see: http://www.epicski.com/t/129453/what-are-your-personal-goals-for-the-2014-15-season#post_1775761 ). For now working on my carved turns and balance to take them to the bumps/trees/steeps in the future.
And any Loveland instructors out there, you can plug yourself if you think we'd be a good fit. (Can you request instructors in Super Sessions? Privates are probably not on the table financially this year.)