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Hypothetical Racer X...

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in a way, this can be an extension of paul's example of (alleged) rapid progress.

a hypothetical situation, involving someone we'll call "racer x."
ASSUME racer x is 38 years old, has been skiing a couple years, and in 50 ski days has made himself an "advanced" skier. he is athletic and motivated when his stocks suddenly soar, his home appreciates phenomenally, and he cashes in and moves to mammoth lakes, to ski as often as he likes, which turns out to be about 150 days a year, a habit he continues for a few more years, etc., until, in his early-40's, bored and not improving at golf, he summers at mt. hood and discovers masters racing.
et cetera.
IF racer x, at that point, decides to commit to being a competitive masters racer, with the aim to compete in his 60's, would he have a realistic chance, given that most of the people he'd be competing against would have racing backgrounds, childhoods spent on skis, etc. would racer x have a chance, or is the learning curve toward THAT level of skiing so steep that he would be bound to fall short?

by the way, in checking the site @ U.S. SKI TEAM, i see that there are masters races for people as young as 80.
post #2 of 7
Interesting thoughts Ryan.

I'd have to guess that Yes, he could compete. First off, you're giving him over 20 years to learn to ski and compete. Secondly, by the age of 60, I think that because the body is not as strong as it was at 20 or 30, he could be on equal ground, physically. And third, because he didn't spend the first 40 years of his life beating his body up on race courses and skiing chutes, etc., there is a good chance he may be in better physical condition that someone who has been skiing since childhood. I'm not talking muscular, but about things like bad backs, knees, etc. Also (4th?), if the guy is 38 in 2001, as in your example, equipment and technique have changed enough in recent years, that he may learn to ski on modern equipment from the get-go, and therefore have an advantage. Some older folks may be unwilling or unable to easily adapt to the newer, faster style of skiing. I mean, geez, they talk about current World Cup competitors who still ski "old style", which makes it hard for them to compete, and these are guys in their late 20s and 30s. I think the learning curve is pretty long, but 20 years is plenty of time. A 25 year old world cupper only has 20-23 years skiing, and probably 15-17 years of real training. So yeah, it's very possible for Racer X (as opposed to Racer Ex, Edie Thyes) to make it on the Masters Circuit.

So, on that note, I turn 35 today. Should I cash it all in and train for the Masters Circuit? Theres a lot more money in the Sr PGA tour though! Speaking of which... If Racer x couldn't get good enough at golf (every bit as technical as skiing, and certainly more accessable), what makes us think that he has the God-given ability to get good enough at skiing?<FONT size="1">

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'Cause the bum shoulder got more in the way off the tee than it did outta the gates.

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post #4 of 7
Yeah Ryan, but the mangled feet got more in the way of making a good turn, than they did off the tee, so he's even, and should take up checkers.
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check, mate.
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The guy who won New England masters season title in class 6 (50 - 54) this year has started racing when he was 35. He edged out the guy who used to be on US ski team.

Also, he still has full time job. I doubt he puts 150 days a season, though he does race almost every weekend and does some SL gate training one weeknight after work.

So, ryan, there is nothing hypothetical in the situation you described. It seems like you are thinking about trying it... go for it, even if you may not be as good YET. In masters racing one's competitiveness is judged not by race points, but by desire to do it and improve.


Speed does not kill, the difference in it does...
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