I started this topic several days ago, because the bumps I skied last Monday were not worthy of the silver pin I was wearing, especially after having undergone an intense two day bump coaching clinic the previouw week with Mr. Barnes. I couldn't figure out what was went wrong.
: The bumps I skied yesterday were probably some of the best that I ever skiied. Here is where I feel the change occurred. Last Monday, I tried to show my ski school director and several other full certs, what I had learned. Instead of trying to "show" them, I should have concentrated on the task at hand, and that was to ski the bumps. I talked to Bob briefly afterwards and told him that after the first bad turn, that I was trying to analyze what I did wrong and what to do. He said "Oh no, don't do that." Error number 2-I started to over-analyze what I was doing. Due to my new skis (168 Volkl Supersports) new footbeds and boot canting, I felt like I was learning to ski all over again. I am still learning what these wonderful skis are capable of doing on the snow. So I went BACK TO BASICS. I worked with a full cert. candidate where we did reciprocal teaching, and worked on some basic movement patterns, wedge christies, linked railroad tracks, pivot slips on beginner to intermediate terrain. Because I rely heavily on kinesthetic learning, I have to really feel what I am trying to learn or change. So as I was doing these movements, I really concentrated on the feel of the ankle opening and closing and the feel of flexing and extending, and the internal feel of turning both feet at the same time, and what it felt to keep both hands in front, and the feel of moving with the ski and keeping my focus down the hill. After practicing on the groomed terrain, I then went into uneven terrain, followed by small bumps and then on to some intermediate and advanced bumps. At one point, my partner said I was starting my extension into the trough too soon, near the top of the bump, right where I should have been absorbing the last part of the bump. At 2:30 my bump run of the day was the best I have done.
My mojo was working again, so we quit and went in for a beer. Skiing is supposed to be fun. Be patient. If something doesn't work out, go back to some of the basic movement patterns. If you are persistent and patience, you will improve, it will come back. Thanks for all of your advice. With persistence and patience, I will obtain my full certification some day. I look forward to more discussions with you in the future.