Very good, Lisamarie!
It sounds to me like, for whatever reason (and being protective of a perceived "weak side" is certainly a likely reason), you had been failing to find what I call "neutral," which is the requisite stance/position/attitude/sensation you must find to start a turn with the movements you sought. This harkens back to the thread of this fall discussing whether movements "should" originate in the feet or in the center, and to my response that they should start in the feet--but if and only if the center is in the right place and moving the right direction already. In other words, only if you're in balance. In still other words, to make the movements you need to start a turn, you must first find "neutral," which is the stance of readiness to make those movements!
And apparently, you hadn't been finding it in those left turns before.
By extending your legs, it sounds like Mike found a way to get you to neutral, in balance, skis ready to release and tip into the new turn. I think that this is exactly what Kneale is referring to above as well. Great success!
I urge you, though, to practice two new things now, to take this discovery further. First, try doing the same thing--that is, finding balance while flattening your skis--but without
extending your legs. Flattening your skis, after all, is a tipping movement, not a flexing-extending movement. Extending your legs may have helped you find it, but recognize that you do not
need to extend your legs to flatten your skis. And in many cases, especially at higher performance levels and speeds, you won't have the luxury of extending your legs through the transition. (Moguls are probably the clearest example, where you must be able to find neutral, release your edges, and start the new turn while deeply flexed on top of the bump. Extending your legs here will send you flying!)
Second, while "neutral" and edge release represent by definition the start of the turn, if you want your turns to link and flow seamlessly from one to the next, you must now strive to finish
your turns there. Don't wait until a turn is over to start seeking that new sensation. Way back in the previous turn, strive to drive yourself through and out of the turn, finishing neutral. When you do this, each turn ends ready to start the next, and your movements become continuous, smooth, uninterrupted. The flattening movements that culminate with edge release to start the new turn began much earlier, the moment you started reducing your edge angle to come out of the turn. And they continue unbroken through neutral ("release"), through flat on the snow (they release before this, don't forget), through reengaging on their new edges, and onto progressively higher edge angles for the new turn. All in one smooth, uninterrupted movement.
Now you're linking turns!
|Very valuable for me, because I tend to edge sequentially, as opposed to simultaneously.
Careful now--thoughts like this can become self-fulfilling prophecies. You do not tend to do this, or anything else. You may well have done it, often, even as a tendency, in the past.
And you may do it again in the future some time. But you may not, too! You must, at the very least, give yourself the opening not
to, before this "tendency" stands a chance of being in your past.
Happy New Year!