I am starting this post because I wanted to see what others think about reducing time and what it means. My last race I was off from the fastest time by three seconds. While I could be happy I was very upset because I should have done better. Then a thought came to me 3 seconds on a 17 something second race. That would amount to around 15 seconds per min race. A huge ways off on any major race.
With that in mind I wonder what it would take to reduce time. Both my times where close but my first run had a horrid start which amounted to .5 of a second difference between runs. Also I am running 27m 178 gs skis so I end up skidding or what they call pivoting to make some corners. Most everyone uses a cheater 23m radius gs ski. How much of a difference does it make to carve and would I be better off trying to use a slalom ski that I have? I didn't wear a gs outfit for the race so who knows how much that would shave maybe another .5 sec? I know a lot of what I am asking is arbitrary but there are some basics that I might be missing. Thought I would put this out and see if someone has tips to look for. I know I held an edge too long on the bottom half (one corner) and sometimes I find myself saying let them run in my head on a corner. It doesn't feel though like I am scrubbing speed or slowing it down its more of a carve but I do find myself heavy on a bottom edge from time to time.
Wax what do people use? Buff before racing?