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I didn't get to watch all of it but on PBS yesterday there was a show called something like "Peak Performance".  The part I caught was focusing on how folks like pro baseball players do well batting against someone pitching a baseball going 90mph because of the thousand of times they practiced it.  They are able to tune out all un-necessary data and focus on only the things that matter and within 1/40th of a second, decide whether to swing or not.


Some of this was related to how this ability was helpful in other situations where a split second decision needed to be made and how it helps our survivability.


I'm hoping to watch the rest of it tonight but when I was watching it, I thought of this thread and a few others that bring out the importance of training.  I view it as pro baseball players don't become good by playing baseball; they become good from doing drills.  Same was mentioned in another thread comparing racers to freeskiers.  A free skier with natural talent could end up not doing as well in the same terrain as a racer without as much natural talent but has trained in more varied conditions and terrain.


Bring all that back to the subject of this thread and you can see in the suggested time frames (months to years), it comes down to the amount of effort a person is willing to put into it and what they brought to the table when they started.

Edited by L&AirC - 11/30/10 at 3:34am
post #32 of 34


Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post

Darwin is dead. I would have thought that was evident.


Well yes Darwin is dead but his work can still offer us insight Helluva. So can Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing exactly the same way and expecting a different result. I mention them only because it supports the idea that as instructors we help people explore change and regardless of our best efforts it really comes down to their personal commitment to making changes. The rest of the key performance indicators I mentioned rely on that genuine desire to make long term changes and a strong belief in the advice they receive. That is why we see folks regress, or even fail to progress Fatoldman. They didn't buy in to the advice they were given, so they throw it away and resume doing what they believe works best for them. Michael mentioned how "a good instructor is one able to generate real and lasting improvements in a student's ability".  We do that by convincing our students to embrace change, not resist it.

post #33 of 34

Aren't you guys forgetting physical ability?  I would think some people can't get from one level to another because they aren't strong enough.  They can ski themselves into shape as they get to the next level, or they can already have the strength and get there a lot faster.  I think this is why there are a lot of powder hounds who may not carve so cleanly on hard pack (lack of lessons to give them that "perfect" technique they don't care about), but have enough of the fundamentals and strength to kill it on the "experts only" runs and in the back country.  And speaking of carving, why is it that so many racers look great in training but can't finish a race?  I assume it is because the top skiers are stronger, and that makes the difference in the one or two places in the course that separates the good from the very best.  I wasn't born with tree-trunk legs, and am now at the age where I know I'm weaker than I was a decade or three ago.  My improvement in skiing came at a time when I was becoming technically better and getting stronger.

post #34 of 34

Quant, did you miss the point about Physical and Mental aptitude in the key performance indicators I described? I really gotta work on communicating those points better.

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