Originally Posted by NE1
How far ahead of you does your equipment usually finish?
I have finished ahead of my eqiupment (or the majority of it) more than once, and behind it at least once!
I resemble that remark.
In order of competence:
1) The picture of me, in the ski movie that runs only in my head, but never quite makes it to the mountain, where that clown with my same bib number always shows up to do a bad impression of me, with silly bad habits exaggerated for effect through mime artistry.*
2) The equipment, capable of waaay better skiing than mime artist, above.
In order of actual finish: Various.
I prefer finishing in the same zip code as equipment, but intention isn't the same as practice (see above). Dread the day when our ski league schedules a race at Heavenly, where there's the theoretical possibility of actually finishing a run in a different state than my equipment. (Other than, of course, the state of good repair, where I and my equipment also frequently differ, to my detriment.)
Once, at the NASTAR nationals, lost a ski and tried to do a Bode, but only got another gate and a half.
And at a league race, I once shattered my glasses with face clear on fourth slalom gate and finished the run with goggles around neck and broken glasses in one hand, pulling a Mr. Magoo of watching the ski tracks in the snow ahead of my tips to find my way, doing all the gate clears with the other hand. Was slow, was ugly, and really horrifying part is that it was the only run, of the two, that I finished by going around all the sticks with both feet on the same side....
Really looking forward to snow, but I must do something this year about getting the movie self there into the start gate instead of that goofy mime...
*"mime artistry"--there's a self-cancelling phrase for you. Like those sentences the British folks trot out, with the adjectives running eagerly in opposite directions: "terribly good" "frighfully tired" "American Presidential eloquence." But I digress.
Think snow, everyone. Running into the flag at the golf course just doesn't come with the same thrill.