Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Crud, what perturbation training do you find works best for you?
This thread is still sinking to the bottom, which doesn't really surprise me. Thanks for asking Jasp, because it forced me to sort through all the words, thoughts and feelings so I don't get side-tracked from my goals.
- Became more aware of my pelvis. Example: squeeze your glutes as hard as you can and watch what happens to the vulgas in your knees.
- Learned to create tension in my pelvis and understand that you can keep that tension while still moving your legs and upper torso . But, if the get to far outside your functional within a safe bubble without loosing that tension.
- Understand and find my own functional stance with certain drills like rotating my femurs on a slick tile floor and BUS SURFING! (I'm gonna do this everyday to the hill this year).
- Activated these feelings and muscles before I went skiing. My favorite is this -
- before I started downhill I was creating tension through extension, just like the lady is ABOUT to do when she becomes tall.
- I held that tension in my pelvis while maintaining balance by standing over the center mark of my boot and ski and keep the functional stance.
- I thought of nothing but keep that functional tension and stance.
- My first turn sensation wasn't really a turn at all, the terrain simply changed as I balanced. Long leg / short leg ocurred due to the terrain and no other reason as if my boots were clamped on a roller coaster or a dynamic version of bus surfing.
- While still maintaining pelvic tension I realized that it was very easy to allow the BUBBLE to move outside. The bubble is the tension moving back and forth through the pelvis, I think. Still trying to discover that.
- I was surprised how I could keep this tension because I don't use these muscles enough and other muscles are compensating, making matters worse. That's why I had to initially focus and be aware.
- After a few runs of conscious focus on the pelvic tension it became instinctual. This reminds me of Master Wu skiing. It's been known for years that your pelvis rules the center. The exercise above is named the Sumo and Sumo's have amazing power.
- Once the tension was instinctual and I was still standing over the boot mark, still in a functional stance, everything but my pelvis became loose. I felt like my pelvis was hanging in a harness in that same place in space as I was before I headed downhill - long and strong (Pilates). This made my skis and legs feel relaxed.
- Since I've been consumed with pure arc to arc skiing the last few years and I was on a groomer I tipped my feet.
- Found that instead of the roller coaster dictating where I go, I was now able to create my own roller coaster line right in front of me.
- Speed was dictated by my line.
- Sharper turn, higher edge. Shallow turn, flatter ski. It wasn't a question of needing more or less, it was a question of choosing where I wanted to go without disturbing my bubble.
- The more runs I got the more I challenged my pelvic strength. Notice I didn't say balance? Remember the pelvic tension comes first, THEN you balance.
- The more runs I did the better my timing became. With that I could change my intent with duration and rate of tipping.
- Pressure and rotary were created by a tipped ski that I controlled. I simply controlled it, or "managed the pressure.
- My upper torso is loose to accept the force the tipped ski that I control, while I'm keeping pelvic tension. Almost if my body had three sections instead of two. We always say upper or lower body rotation. Think about counter. Our feet and torsos are twisting opposite of each other. Where is the fulcrum that these to sections are rotating against? The pelvis.
- The next thing you know I'm using the exact same moves for deep pow on 185 Hell and Back (98mm, straight tail, little tip rise, reactive, camber) as I was in the bumps and on steep groomers with snow-gun blazing down low. It didn't matter. And it was my first day back in a 2008 Nordica Doberman WC150, 93mm last and the last run of the day it was 3 below at the top and +2 at the bottom. I weigh 155 lbs.
- You are not stronger than the combination of gravity and centrifugal force. However, you are smarter.
- The next two days in my contemporary skiing clinic I lost "IT". (If you still don't know what IT is feel free to pm me). I was doing all the same stuff.
- The first day I was stiff as a board and not even skiing my old turns well. This bummed me out because I was literally craving those turns again.
- The second day I remembered how loose I was while skiing with pelvic tension. My clinic leader said, "Yeah, you're loose". This is really funny now because I had no pelvic tension. Everything was loose, but I was still doing the same-old-same-old. At the time I didn't take it personally because I knew it wasn't the same feeling. I told him it was the best clinic of my life and he said, "let me know why sometime." Well, it's because he was a guide in self discovery.
- I was up most of the night thinking about this and probably deleted 10,000 words already.
- Now I'm going to go activate some pelvic tension before I surf the bus on my way to the best turns of my life.
- My self discovery has lead me to this moment. I have to go ski and see if I'm right, but I feel more confident than ever that I am.
- Part of the reason I lost "IT" again is due to the way we learn and how memories are insulated. It takes time to build new pathways and unwrapped the old pathways. We had a seminar last week where a navy seal talked about this very subject, which I will attend next week.
- Another reason I lost "IT" is probably because the day after I skied most of the my sore muscles and stiffness were in places somewhat unfamiliar to me. My hamstrings were tight vs. my quads. My knees didn't hurt due to better alignment of boots and pelvic tension. My abductors weren't as tight. My stomach was a little tender down around my pelvis, not up high.
- I can only imagine what can happen when I actually start doing Tai chi, yoga, or Pilates; have better nutrition, rest, spirit and confidence?
- I'm a level one ski instructor
- But if you put my success rate into percentages I'm a Level .00021789 skier. That means I get to make 105,985,231 more turns until I become a level 10. SWEET!
P.S. If this works all future advice will only be provided by me through the Aspen Skiing Company at the private request rate.
Edited by Crud Buster - 12/7/13 at 11:42am