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Beginning Nastar racer needs a few fundamentals

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Help!

I read with interest the post about getting the last 0.5 seconds; I'm interested in getting the first 5 seconds off my times!

I've never raced, and have been performing solidly in the Bronze-minus territory. I really don't know what I'm doing, and I'm getting spanked by mos tof the field.

I intellectually know I'm doing a bunch of stuff wrong, like going straight at the gates. I just finally realized what is meant by turning at the rise line, and carving turns around the gates. At this point my confidence is shot to the point I'm not sure I ever knew how to carve a turn.

I practiced just skiing linked carved turns last night, and I'm O.K., except I couldn't get a good grip on the frozen granular on the steepest portions (Smith Walton at Wachusett). Anyway, perhaps that's a distraction.

What's the first, second, third things a new racer should do?

Thanks,

jv
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Help!

I read with interest the post about getting the last 0.5 seconds; I'm interested in getting the first 5 seconds off my times!

I've never raced, and have been performing solidly in the Bronze-minus territory. I really don't know what I'm doing, and I'm getting spanked by mos tof the field.

I intellectually know I'm doing a bunch of stuff wrong, like going straight at the gates. I just finally realized what is meant by turning at the rise line, and carving turns around the gates. At this point my confidence is shot to the point I'm not sure I ever knew how to carve a turn.

I practiced just skiing linked carved turns last night, and I'm O.K., except I couldn't get a good grip on the frozen granular on the steepest portions (Smith Walton at Wachusett). Anyway, perhaps that's a distraction.

What's the first, second, third things a new racer should do?

Thanks,

jv
Two things: 1) Make sure your skis are well tuned, and keep them that way. 2) Forget about learning to go fast in the gates. Learn the proper skiing techniques first - outside of the gates - then take that into the gates. Your best bet would be to take a couple of lessons focused on high speed carving and race technique, but not necessarily skiing gates, except maybe one or two runs at the end of each lesson. Try to work with the same coach/instructor each time. Depending on your age, if you are young (high school or younger) see if you can get on the local race team. They'll develop your skiing from the ground up, geared towards racing.
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That's great advice!

After that - there's a couple of little things......make sure you put your poles over the wand before starting and be sure you're not beginning to stop before the finish line (that finish area fence can get scary looking at speed!).

Good luck!!!!
Stop by the Nastar forum as well for lots of great advice.
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