Incredible timing on this thread. My basics: second year skier, about 80 days, 54 years, 175 pounds, pretty good shape, decent carving skills (lots of lessons), on RX-9's and Lange comp 100 boots, too competitive for my own good.
Talked one of the instructors here with racing skills and mentioned NASTAR. He recommended going to the course and making a slow run. Got to the gate with the best intentions when another guy lined up next to me. The path to h*** is paved with good intentions. A quick start and the gates just came faster and faster, the turns later and later. Look where you want to go. My entire field of vision was the panel of the next gate, OK panic. I split the gate (for lack of a better expression) YARD SALE
: . Helmets is good things. Time to get back on the horse.
The instructor I originally talked to saw it all. I'm now just working on setting the lines, not worrying about speed and dropping my times a second or so each run (from about 100 handicap to about 60 now). Just working under the theory of do it slow, easy and right and the speed will come. It's reminding me of interval training. I'm finding that I can set an estimated time and come pretty close on each run. It's simply fun.
Now I can think about lines, strategy, technique, angulation, sweeping gates (later), snow conditions and all those other wonderful factors. I need to obsess about something.
Here is something that I really like. Masters racing is far beyond my abilities. This format forces me to develop technique and skills in a non threatening enviornment.
If any of you guys have training tips, information, etc that I should consider I am most receptive. I may not be good, but I am coachable.
And, if I want to take a smidgen of truth and stretch it to the point of a lie. Yes, I do compete with Daron Rahlves
I'm running at Telluride: Male 50-54 EDM87.
Ohh, if you see me asking about racing suits you'll know it's getting really bad. (It's not something you'ld want to see at this age).