How do you optimize it's benefits?
Since a preseason injury has curtailed my early season skiing, I have been spending alot of time watching videos of images (Sean Warman's 2nd DVD), wcup skiing on TV, and still photos taken this year at Mammoth. I am visualizing myself skiing the subtle fluid movements for which I am striving to make. I have a clear image or motion picture in my mind and the associated sensations I have felt before. With this sensory memory playing in my mind's eye I have been working on my skiing without touching snow.
I have found Aaron Rosen's photos taken with his fancy digital motor drive camera of some of our D team members Rogan, Hafer, Perini, Fellows, Underkoffler, and Barnes at a recent training session in Mammoth, are immensely useful for visualization because I can quickly click through them creating a video sequence or stop on each shot to get a detailed image of movements occurring. For what it is worth I am most impressed with Doug Perini's and Mike Hafer's images captured in these sequences.
I have had great success over the years with visualization when I have ended my season on snow with some good new sensations that were not habitualized yet, and through visualization over the Summer months and especially in anticipation right before the season began, actually skied better my first day back on snow than I believe I did at the end of the previous season!
Has anyone else had success with improving your skiing in the off season? and how do you maximize it's benefits? What tips may you share?