Originally Posted by disski
: I think you are trying to kill me....
really should pay more attention vlad.... I'm the supergumby.... I get wounded just trying to STOP on a bicycle
instructor wanted me to learn to mountain bike but thought i needed full body armour to hop on a bike.... so we settled for learning to ride a bike around my town - which had special paved bike tracks built on old rail lines....
I started riding to work & had been complaining that i could NOT stop or turn.... then one day they saw my legs
: was the reaction.... when i explained this was bike damage due to trying to stop they stopped laughing!
railroad walking - yes SnoKarver made me a progression that involved a 4"x2" piece of timber (should have seen the hardware when I made them strap it to the subaru impreza wagons roof racks! - small country town!)
all summer I walked it every day... first the 4inch side.... runners, ski boots.... then the 2 inch side... ditto.... the next step was to repeat with a 1/2 round piece of pine log.... then rope(large) on ground....etc etc...
add rollerblading 3+ times a week & I did VERY well that next winter season..... unfortunately I was made redundant & have been shifting too often for good routines....then injured & sick this year... SOON I am getting back my fitness....
Tape ski racing? Have you watched Irish television?.... lots of soaps etc....much irish football & hurling & rugby.... not too much else (some good docos) one of the 3 stations is irish language & I cannot understand.... the reception on the others is soso....
Tell me some good DVD's & I'll try to buy.... but i doubt it will help... i visualise badly..... I dream in "feel" more than vision....
When I follow a good skier I think there is more than the visual somehow - although I am hard pushed to say what.....
If i am on stuff that is a bit icy I can imagine the "feel" of skiing with my canadian that skis it well & it will help a bit... but i can't "see" him ski it
i think YOU
are the one whom needs to pay attention, lad-
I NEVER said to use a bicycle, I said a streetbike or dualsport....by that I meant 'motorcycle'. a motorcycle won't give you the leg issues and it'll help you develop 'static balance' with your feet in relatively fixed positions, whereby you'll utilize changing lean angles to effect varying degree of centripetal force.
then you say 'railroad walking yes SnoKarver made me a progression that involved a 4" by 2" piece of timber..."
Now, that's all well and good, but, again, you
need tp pay attention, laddie- I said to walk on railroad rails, NOT a2x4.
the difference is astronomical, and the purpose for using an actual steel rail with the rounded top which is afforded by a rail, miles and miles long,
is one which i assume i'd be wasting time explaining, seeing as how you've already 'done that' by riding a bicycle and strapping a 2x4 to your car's roof.
as to rollerblading, i never suggested it, and I won't.
I wouldn't recommend activities which are so similar to skiing in their dynamics, for your off-season (based on your post), i'd recommend those which i did: streetbike/dualsport bike riding on twisties,
very brief squats 2-3 x week, and walking railroad rails, starting very conservatively, and working to higher yardage, and then mileage, over the warm months (don't use an ipod doing this)
anybody care to venture a guess as to what the purpose of each of these off-season drills is, and why i'd suggest this pupil avoid, altogether, ski-similar movements in the off-season?