blab, blab, blabI just want to blab a little more. While walking the walk is critical to talking the talk I must diverge slightly. One can be so dedicated to the walk that they are totaly ineloquent verbaly. Yet excess verbosity exposes inexperience. In order to communicate effectivly on a topic like skiing one needs to posess a widly varied set of skills. Just as successful athletes rarely make it as coaches, successful writers rarely make it as atheletes (just look at Plimpton). To discribe in detail the movements, physics and sensations of dynamic skiing may take years of practice and study. To distill this research and development down into language that normal people can understand is more rare than the athelete who wins world cup races.
Video and video analysis is a slippery slope. At first it's all fun and you feel all warm and fuzzy to see yourself skiing, but it doesn't last. Just a little critical analysis and soon all you ever see from then on are the flaws. I hate video. It has as much potential to do harm as to do good. However I did have a great experience at the PSIA-W Spring Convention Senior Specialist I Accreditation. Our clinicians Tim and Tom did MA on video that was fun and exciting. Tim did play by play as we skied in real time and Tom added color comentary. It was like watching an athletic event on ESPN. Their analysis was spot on, fun to watch and listen to and was always positive. We watched the video straight through for the most part and did very few rewind/ slow motion recaps. The analysis was on the tape and didn't require the extensive disection I had grown used to in other situations. Next time I'm being evaluated for KRA's or at a tryout or training session I'm gonna be thinking about how I could do the MA in a fun, entertaining way that is positive and leaves peoples feelings intact.