I have a dumb question. Does one's ski racing improve as fitness improves? Here's why I ask. I am in my second year of Masters racing and only my sixth season of skiing (100 days total). My racing this year has been steadily improving, but not fast enough to satisfy me (usually finish mid-pack among all starters). I am a former high-level track and field athlete (throws, sprints)and always knew that fitness was everything. As a desk jockey, my weight is about 15 pounds higher than I want, and 25 higher than when I sprinted (I was 195 then). I have good strength and endurance, but of course the quickness is lacking with the extra 15-20lbs. As I hammer myself back into lean shape, should I expect my racing to improve? I ask because in the NY Masters I see some guys who are also a bit out of shape, but rip it up. Of course, they were collegiate or pro racers years ago, and I just started skiing at age 37. Will being a better athlete improve my racing, technique and tactics remaining equal (does better fitness make technique and tactics easier)?
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2/3/03 at 7:04am