Originally Posted by weems
Great question, and more detail later.
But, for the moment, two ideas:
- Develop foot feel. This can be done by simple intention to feel every change in the snow--all the nuances, the bumps, the textures, and just notice them. Better--notice them through the edges instead of the soles of the feet. Also, it can be done by awareness of all the interface points between your foot and the boot: Where are you pressing the boot? What's going on in the toes, arches, heals, anklebones, shins? How are those points moving in the boot?
- Develop rhythm. Keep making turns at the same count, even when you feel not quite in balance. Do it at appropriate speed/terrain for your ability. Rhythm takes the place of thought, and the body/mind system finds what it needs.
Jan 10, 2007
I'm looking forward to your podcast.
As for rhythm, I remember a time when I was at Ski Roundtop (a small Penn area, 600 vert ft), when the President of the area (previously the SSD and Eastern Examiner) whom I suppose you are familiar, Jonathan Jenkins, asked me to ski a few runs with him. On the chairlift he said to me, "You make nice round turns. But how come the shape of your turns differ from left to right?" He suggested that I hum a song with a good "rhythm" while I was skiing. Ever since, many people have commented on my ability to seemingly ski the same on terrain of differing difficulties. Thanks Jonanthan and hope you are enjoying your "sailing" adventure.
In a previous post, you mentioned that you were "competeitive with only yourself". I like to think that I hold a similar view (competitive with you
. Yea, in my dreams
). When I first started jogging 20+ years ago, I read this book "Jog, Run, Race" by Joe Henderson (who in the running world is more or less equivalent to an Examiner), he said: "Racing is about beating or matching one's previous Personal Record (PR)". Liberated to just enjoy running, I expanded this to skiing as well as other endeavors in my life.
My question to you is about idea (1) feeling the snow. I've known about this idea for awhile, but find it difficult to "execute". With one's feet in ski socks, wrapped in boot liners, encased in tight, hard plastic shells, attached to rigid bindings which are in turn imbedded in a pair of long "sticks", I just find it difficult to "feel very much of anything
:". I've been trying it since this "feeling the snow" is mentioned in your Sports Diamond book of which I am an enthusiastic convert. This seems like a very "zen" like thing to do. Any suggestiongs or hints? Or should I drag myself out of whatever corner I'm stuck in?
PS: still smiling though as well as sticking out my tongue when I ski. Maybe a return to my childhood? I find this helps as well