Originally Posted by oisin
I would consider possibly modifying my skiing technique so that I wasn't "pushing" those skis around. I'm being a little bit facetious here but this may be an opportunity to refine your technique to be more efficient as your physical conditioning returns. Your previous level of conditioning may have been masking an inefficient technique and movement pattern. Good skiing technique is often more efficient and can require less effort, unless of course you choose to dial it up. Replacing muscle with smoothness and finesse will make you a much better skier as your strength returns and you are able to ski more powerfully and dynamically.
Going to shorter skis is probably not a bad idea either since a shorter performance ski nowadays can deliver without requiring as much power input. Here in the East, where hard snow is often the norm, I ski much of the time on a pair of 165 cm race stock slalom skis. These things deliver very good performance on hardpack even with a relatively passive technique and can be dialed up as you wish. Race stock skis have the beef to compensate for the shorter length and will hold a line without washing out.
Thanks, man, you have me LingMAO, mainly because I am a technical skier, read ex-racer, years of coaching, and of course agree totally with what you say, it's just, I'm already there and still have this question. I have bought skis larger and stiffer as I enter my 7th season at Squaw skiing every day, gaining quite a bit of strength. Now I do indeed have to rely on something other than power to turn these sticks. I even thought: now I will see how women ski so well without the power that men possess.
A 165 Legend Pro would be awesome, but not cheap for a ski I hope to grow out of in a couple months (though I could always use it when tired, have a cold, skied too many hard runs, skiing with slower friends, when I'm 75.....
Originally Posted by tromano
I really don't know what you are goin through. But maybe physical therapist would be able to help you put together a good plan to meet your goals.
I friend from my bygone bicycle racing days said a similar thing: first: you're recovery has just begun , and two: you know how to train sounds tough. thanks for your ideas.