First Run Focus...
I have just finished attending the PSIA-RM Fall Training for Advanced Educators at Breckenridge. Just so you don't feel too bad, the snow was great, but there were only 3 trails open... And the typical Breckenridge Breeze was blowing a gentle 30+mph..
On Tuesday morning, we were tasked to go through various evaluation stations, to have specific manuevers checked out.
On my very first run of the season, I was cruising down Bonanza, not really focusing on anything except not falling... I was about half way down when Weems came running (no skis on) from the side of the trail, waving his arms. I pulled up to a stop to see what he wanted.
"Ric, those turns had all the components, but on your next run, try it with your feet a little wider...".
I was extremely confused for several reasons. 1)- I hadn't really begun to focus in on any specific task yet 2)- I wasn't even aware I was skiing past a testing station, 3)- I didn't know what manuever Weems was evaluating, 4)- I couldn't even tell you what kind of turn I was making at the time.
So for the next several runs, I took care to avoid skiing that particular trail.
It's difficult for me to have a hard focus during the first few days back on snow each season. I prefer to just enjoy the sensations, to reaquaint myself with my feet, feel the wind, and just let the exhilaration run wild!
But it all came back quickly, and yes, I did get my feet further apart... (just for Weems!)
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable season!