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Amateur Racing Exitement

post #1 of 16
Hey dude,

I would guess that you didn't win because your race time plus your handicap was not the fastest time.

Maybe next time you could bring a big bag of sweets, get the attention of all the 4 - 8 year olds then throw the bag of sweets down the hill. All the kids will take of at full speed after the sweets and miss their start times thus taking out half the competition and giving you a better chance!
post #2 of 16
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Riccardo - LOL, that candy trick sounds like it really could work [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #3 of 16
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Amateur Racing Exitement

The nation wide amateur skiing competition/carneval came to our local little hill yesterday. Depending on your age and ability you get a sertain handicap. I have a bad handicap since I am a ski-instructor and not old enough but I thaught I would have a go anyway.

My starting # was 60, over 100 all in all, but that didnt worrie me that much because it was snowing at the time and I knew that the track would become quicker later on. Got myself some nice Atomic 9.12 from the test ski hut and the woman was raging that it wasent fair to everyone else and that I would win the race easily [img]smile.gif[/img]

This gave me confidence but made me a little nervous at the same time at the start. The thrill of winning was kind of starting to grow on me and all of a sudden this was not just a silly game anymore [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Surrounded by 100 other competitors, boys and girls, mostly aged 4-8, at the top I stood patiently and waited for my turn. Just before I got starting clearence the wind picked up... from ahead... and stalling the start for a couple of seconds only worsened the situation. I have always wondered at ski jumping events why the coaches wave with their flags at the take off point sensing the wind conditions and giving the jumper starting clearence but now I know what its all about.

As I took off in the gust on the flat part of the hill with my jacket fluttering in the wind I soon become aware of short ski skating hazzards. My right ski tip caught the snow while kicking back and I almost tripped :

I kenw that everything under 15 seconds would be satisfying but the best effort sofar by a coach was under 14 so I started wondering how this would end. After the first gate I picked up some speed and got the 160 cm short skiis on their edge. Second gate was the tough one and I took it a little too safe... darn, should have gone straight at it because the skiis carved nicely on the ice leaving me plenty of time to prepare for the next one. Too much time.... from this point on it was just riding the edge and trying to make my 6'2" as small of a wind resistance as possible.

"The last gate is tough" an older, 55y, man told me after his own run. He had been touring all the events and had won most of them so I was prepared for that last gate as it suddenly came into my vision. Behind it to the right was the goal and as I passed the gate I noticed that no problem here... not enough speed to give me any problems with staying on the icy track....

While passing the finnishing line and braking before almost hitting some snowboards and a couple of kids my ears were filled up with rap music and commercial announcment and I couldent really hear my time entirely.... 15 something.....

Nobody heared my time properly but it could have been 15.02 and that would have been close to what I was hoping for. Or maybe it was 14.15!!!

Later at the price giving: Winner is (not my name) [img]redface.gif[/img] second place (not my name) third (not my name) :

Could things get any worse??? My whole family was there, kids and mom and dad included..... Yes they could!!! Due to problems with the printer a printout of the final results couldent be displayed :

I dindt sleep well last night. Had a dream about a giant slalom race that was so long it never ended...... Am I a bad looser ore is this what racing is all about? Why was this ski competiton so important to me and why dint I win? Why do I feel this awful? After all, it was just a carnival in the spirit of laughter.

post #4 of 16
Sounds like you may become an addict. Better to seek serious psychiatric care now since it is very costly later. Some symptoms:

- Constantly experimenting with edge bevel.

- Paying $120 for a few grams of high fluro wax.

- Trying to layer graphite over/under the fluro.

- Fractured poles ...... you broke em' when that 55 year old waxed your taxi by 3 seconds.

post #5 of 16
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That 55 year old smoked me for shure : but your wrong, it "is" alredy too late to get cheap psychiatric care :

- that graphite and fluro wax, were can I get it
- were can I get a new downhill suit tailored from teflon goretex eel skin 20/20 silk/polyamid polyester [img]tongue.gif[/img]

post #6 of 16
Sounds like you may become an addict. Better to seek serious psychiatric care now since it is very costly later. Some symptoms:
- Constantly experimenting with edge bevel.

- Paying $120 for a few grams of high fluro wax.

- Trying to layer graphite over/under the fluro.

- Fractured poles ...... you broke em' when that 55 year old waxed your taxi by 3 seconds.

What's wrong with that! Some of us not only do that on a regular basis, with live it!
tdk6- Racing and running gates becomes addictive if your the kind of person that is always looking to improve your skills or just love higher speeds. The only ways to satisfy your craving for the race bug is to run more gates/run more gates/ and possibly run more gates. You can also watch others do the race as well; junior racers, masters, or even world cuppers, but watching doesn't compare to rippin' up the gates youself.
post #7 of 16
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Lbrother1 you are my man

Is there any dangers involved with some cool amateur gate skiing at local events? Knee injurys for example? I have a race helmet but I would also need skipoles and other gear designed for todays racing?

Do you constantly bevel the edges and polish the bottoms? Is it hard to do? Any special tools involved or good to have exept sunglasses at the after ski party :

post #8 of 16
tdk6- I wouldn't worry about special types of poles to begin with. Honestly, any straight pair of poles will work for any type of course you jump into. The only people that use curved poles: like GS poles or downhill poles are those that ski race competitivly.
post #9 of 16
There are always dangers when trying someting unfamiliar to you. Yes, knee injuries can happen, but they can also happen free skiing. I think injuries are the same between racing and free skiing, just the amount of risk to injury increases when you enter a race coarse.
I constantly am tuning my skis. Once my bevels are set i usually only touch them up a bit from time to time. But waxing seems to take place much more often. The more waxing and polishing the faster your skis get.
post #10 of 16
If you're 21 or over, find a Masters Program and join. They offer all kinds of training, stage races, and give you exposure to a different class of skier. These are the guys to hang out with if you enjoy racing. My experiences thus far have been all positive.

Forget gear. Get the technique first and then worry about skis, waxing, edge bevels...
post #11 of 16
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Lbrother1 - I was actually thinking of skipoles that protects your fists from oncomming gates. And knee and ankle protection is probably also reason to wear. Note that over here its mostly slalom events.

Alaska Mike - Im 39 so I qualify for whatever old boys activity at hand women included At the local hill they have this sort of activity with slalom races for all ages. In fact a few of my competition buddies from the 70'ties compete there every week and they think its a ball.

Good tips boys, keepem comming.

post #12 of 16
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>- were can I get a new downhill suit tailored from teflon goretex eel skin 20/20 silk/polyamid polyester <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

you know your addicted when you wear your suit around the house just because it feels soooo good!
post #13 of 16
tdk6, was it your first ever race?
It looks like you got a such a bad case of stomach butterflies and race lust which usually happens only at the very beginning.
If so, the more gates you ski, the better will become.
I can tell you, the best runs at amateur races (usually night giant slalom like runs for tourists, at the resorts I was skiing) I skied where the ones where I could successfully present myself very relaxed, while at the same time being concentrated, not on winning, but on skiing, and beleive me, those where the races I won.
Admittedly very, very few and separated over the years. Not enough training, and the will to win were usually playing a counterproductive role...most of the time I was a DNF.
Make your goal to have fun, and to ski at your best, be relaxed.
Good luck, and enjoy the racing lust!
post #14 of 16
I knew I was competitive before I ran my first gate this year. Racing is something my ski club has been trying to get me into but time, and my 9 year old's schedule have not allowed for it.

I took a mini race clinic just to get a taste and when I went on the NASTAR web page I was VERY confused. After some researching I realized they had given me a sex change operation and my handicap had me down as a MAN!

I'm a much better racer as a woman! ~grin
post #15 of 16
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Ryel - I think I like being addicted [img]tongue.gif[/img]

M@tteo - I used to race as a kid and since then I have sometimes taken part in amateur skiing events. This was my first in about 10 y though so it was exiting. However, being nervous before the start was always a problem for me. Never did any good because of that I suppose. I must say that I felt like a kid again at the gate. Great feeling You are right, main thing is to have fun. I just got carried away abit.

Maggie - so much to do and so little time

post #16 of 16
Pole/shin guards are always nice to have. Keeps down on the bruising, but work on skiing around the gates before you worry about hitting them. I have noticed with the kids that i coach that in slalom some of them are too worried about hitting the gates (cross-blocking). Thats usually a bad way to do it, because if not done properly it throws your balance off your downhill ski, which creates more problems. If you can ski the coarse well with minimal gate bashing, then when you develop the right line hitting the gates will not seem like a big deal. It will happen more naturally.
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