Sure your slaloms will be too slow, but you don't have to win your first race! All you have to do is get down the hill in one piece, so you can get out there your 2nd race, feel comfortable, and kick but.
probably one of the most helpful pieces of advice I ever got for racing was to "never try anything new in a race" no new boots, no new skis, no different technique, no different goggles, no different ANYTHING, except what you used during training, because what you used in training is what you learned on. IF you change what you learned on it could throw you off. Save the rossi's till next race if you are not comfortable on them yet.
Just get out there, don't worry about how you will do, don't worry about anything, and you will be fine. All you gotta do is ski, and I'm sure you already know how to do that well.
The most important thing is to just have fun your first couple of races and to get used to what it's like. You will be so unbelievably stoked and excited and hyper when you cross that finish line that you will want to get out there and do it again!
(btw, make sure to make a pitstop in the bathroom before you head out. I always seem to have to pee really badly when I'm in the starting gate
Good Luck[ January 07, 2004, 04:15 PM: Message edited by: PMZ ]