This could have been in several different forums but since it is race specific, I picked this one.
I'm new to racing NASTAR. I guy at work said "For $50.00 you can be a ski racer." So I paid the dues and here I am. So after 3 weeks I'm getting silvers pretty consistently. It helps that I'm being mentored/coached by someone that always gets platinums and happens to be the guy that took my $50.00. I've consumed a bit of beer too.
Anyway, I bought cheater race skis; Atomic LT11 in 170 w/16M radius. I'm 49, 5'7" and 170#. I had Metron B5 and had the binding set 3 cm forward of center position which puts my bof dead center on the center of the running surface. I went through the same steps on the LT11's and to get the bof on center, the bindings had to move 3 cm forward of center (or 2 cm forward of Forward).
Since I've learned that:
Atomics are known for having their bindings further back than other manufacturers
When you carve you are only on your bof to initiate the turn and then are on your entire foot.
In order to keep a ski bent through a turn, you need to keep pressure across the entire running surface of the ski (radiated out from the foot)
I believe the "sweet spot" on the ski (with regards to bending it) would be the center of the running surface.
I'm pretty sure the center of my downward weight isn't my bof. Probably closer to the center/front of my arch; especially if I'm more on one foot than another.
So, if the statements above are true, would it make sense to adjust my bindings forwards to a point that has my bof in front of the center of the running surface? Is there a "rule of thumb" for racing that is different from recreational?
Short of a rule of thumb, my plan would be to start making forward increments then make smaller forward/back adjustments. Then go with the one that makes getting and holding a carve the easiest.
Looking forward to your responses.