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post #1 of 19
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anyone do anything in particular along these lines? when i began skiing i could really get my head backwards if i had a bad start to the day, and it took awhile to get my confidence back. so now i do try to get some kind of "mantra" going, a lot of which is about finding "flow" and letting anxiety kind of leak out. full breathing and visualization is part of it, and whatever catch-phrase ("be aggressive") seems to fit that particular day.


[ September 12, 2003, 10:22 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #2 of 19
I've read a lot of Sports Psychology recently, and the Omly thing that works seems to be your basic behaviorist "do it and it will change" techniques. First, some reading:
"Sports Psyching", Thomas Tutko & Umberto Tosi
"Skiing Out of Your Mind", Loudis et al
"Smart Skiing", Dennis J. Selder
"Psyched to Win", Robt. M. Nideffer (if you only buy one, this is it, in print, at B&N, and the guy practically invented the field. Nideffer is also an Aikidoist, and manages to combine science with some spirituality).

The most obvious example of a behaviorist cue is many racer's "pole-click" as they enter the gate. It is a Pavlovian cue to enter their ready state. However, getting to the cue, what it means and how it works consistently, takes practice--those dogs didn't salivate the first time, but only after repititon. So, you can om all you want, but you have to practice--train yourself--building the association into a meaningful behavior cue.

Another is learning your optimal state of arousal (please, no comments about big sticks, pole plants, etc.) and learning to achieve and manipulate it. Again, look at racers at the start. Bode's a mellow fellow, cool and joking, but inside his pulse is like 150. Hermann's a teeth gritting, focused monster. They've each learned what works for them. What doesn't work is being too pumped or not pumped enough. You must study your best performances, identify your mental state, and find ways of achieving that mental state on command. "Tick Tick".

I achieved a degree of release when I realized that some days I just wasn't going to get to the zone no matter what I did. There were just too many other things going on--fight with the wife, worries at work, whatever--to even try to reach maximum performance. Since I'd driven to the mtn., I'd take some turns and work on some skill, but no trips to the no-fall zone today, for sure. Again, you'll see racers do the same thing. They recognize that today just ain't gonna be right, and scratch before they hurt themselves.

Finally, remember Lance's advice: "motivation won't take you very far if you haven't got the legs." I gain confidence from conditioning, and skills from drills. You can only choke when you can perform in the first place.

Good Luck! And remember, Einstein was right: the faster you go, the slower you age.
post #3 of 19
But seriously, folks....
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
That's funny, I seem to recall either Foster's or MGD to be the wake-up beverage of choice.
post #5 of 19
Focus ryansan

[ September 12, 2003, 01:47 PM: Message edited by: PinHed ]
post #6 of 19
The answer is simple. Ski more! That way it is routine, it's not something special. [img]smile.gif[/img]

You will have fewer bad days. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #7 of 19
Something greenish, with little red-orange hairs. Kinda sticky. Works for me.

- BrownDirt Mary
post #8 of 19
I've discovered that the simplest of the Qi gong exercises works pretty well (no need to perform more advanced exercises like the SHAOLIN WU-XING-QUAN).
It gives tranquillity and an emotions empty mind, of which I need
tons of (tranquillity and emptiness, I mean).
You can do it standing, or while sitting.
Put your hands just below the navel, one over the other.
At first, the right under the left, perform small circular movements while slowly inspiring (abdominally, don't use the chest muscles to expand the lungs), at the same time, compress the abdomen usingthe hands. When exhaling, release the pressure. Repeat 36 times.
Invert hands, invert rotation (hint, rotation is to be performed following the thumb direction ofthe hand hwhich is in contact with your abdomen).
It lasts about 2-3 minutes.
At the end, your mind should be completely void of negative thoughts too.

And, if you have wondered, yes, I'm slightly nuts, nowadays.

[ September 15, 2003, 06:23 AM: Message edited by: Matteo ]
post #9 of 19
All good thoughts...in their place.

Dave: yes as an x-instructor I agree on the reading, analysis, technique and psychological cues. But when you're in the back seat usually the window is wide open and this all just flies out.

Miles: good for apres, not good for on slope. Your energy will never match the mountain. Mescalero: ditto.

Pin: good concept, but there aren't many flys on slope (even in OZ) so what's he gonna catch.

Matteo: great directions. Having worked as a spritual healer for several years I'm totally into this. But the mountain energy is very strong to be focussing that close on chakras when you should be just tuning in and making rapid fire decisions.

Me: Sing.
Different songs for different slopes/conditions. Something with a rythm to match the terrain/mood. Whatever works for you. Gives you beat, something you know and are comfortable with, something fluid, and something you can throw in the occasional "oh f*". It's simple, at your disposal and occupies just enough brain space to shove out the neg energy and leave you room to focus on what you're doing.

In my case though I usually make sure no one can hear me...

The amount of bizarre songs that come into my head in different terrain is scary. What is more scary is realising you know the words to some truly poxy songs. But if it gives you rhythm and gets you back on track who cares.

Keep It Simple.

The best cure? Go to a mountain like Craigieburn NZ, where everything is real and raw, lock into the mountain vibe, forget the latte and just cruise.

[ September 15, 2003, 07:08 AM: Message edited by: Bec ]
post #10 of 19
Bec, of course. But I use that (or try to every day, at dawn.
To "load" energy for the day. Not specifically for skiing.
That said, I work best when I do not think about what I have to do. I just do.
An empty mind, helps me reaching that state where I just do things, instead of needing to take decisions.
In short, to become one with what I'm doing.
post #11 of 19
V cool matteo. I agree with you. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #12 of 19
It's just that the empty mind, zen state, can be a little difficult for some to reach. So singing is a good way to quieten that part that gives people trouble.
post #13 of 19
Yes, Bec, I've heard a lot of people singing/whistling while skiing. It's easier that way, like you say. I do agree.
Especially to our "westerner" minds.
post #14 of 19
Tantric sex, your choice of positions and length of time.

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
finally, the Right Answer.
post #16 of 19
Name this one, ryan.

This garden universe vibrates complete.
Some we get a sound so sweet.
Vibrations reach on up to become light,
And then thru gamma, out of sight.
Between the eyes and ears there lay,
The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh.
And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe.
But it's all around if we could but perceive.
To know ultra-violet, infra-red and X-rays,
Beauty to find in so many ways.
Two notes of the chord, that's our fluoroscope.
But to reach the chord is our lifes hope.
And to name the chord is important to some.
So they give a word, and the word is OM.
post #17 of 19
Bonni, That's a moody thought. I've been searching for the something lost.

Also, it's my handle and I'll spell it as I please.
post #18 of 19
When I ride up the chair I just breath in the mountains and have a chuckle with the trees, throw a smile to the lifty, stretch the arms in the air, do a little two step jig thingy and use the momentum of the lift up to flow onto the mountain.

Sometimes I just fart and burp and laugh out loud.

Never, never stand around after getting off the lift, it breaks the energy flow.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #19 of 19
Actually, Mr. Crazie, I found that on the threshold.

[ September 16, 2003, 04:38 AM: Message edited by: Bonni ]
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