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1/19/09 10:54 A

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That is so true, familiarty breed comfort...

That is great that you had a good ski day, and that you broke through your speed barrier.

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1/18/09 8:50 P

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I had an awesome ski day today! One thing I noticed was that I was fast on the runs that I am most familiar with. The weather was beautiful- sunny and in the 30s. Nothing was icy (though I'm sure it will get icy tonight) and nothing was crunchy. I wouldn't have minded a bit of powder though... So I think to get fast you have to get comfortable with runs. Or atleast that's how it works for me.

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1/18/09 9:32 A

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I was thinking, "No ice would help." (So we agree, Kayotic!) I'm taking my sons up today, so I won't get any alone time (they're too young--4 and 7--for me to set free yet). So I'll be trying to be disciplined while I'm with them.

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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,554
1/17/09 6:05 P

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I'm glad I'm not the only one! As far as gaining confidence, I think the only way to do that is to keep on trying. I do what I can, push myself a little each time, then try not to beat myself up for chickening out when I have to. It is easier to push a little on the easier hills, then try something that seemed a bit hard. Even if you can only get a little bit of improvement from the last time, at least it's a step in the right direction.

Conditions help too, if you get a nice powdery day, you can try something you wouldn't dare on hard pack.

A lesson or workshop may help too. Every lesson I've taken has helped my confidence a lot.

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1/17/09 3:52 P

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I've been trying to be pretty consistent about the lunges and squats, and I'm sure it helps, but... for me, getting back into skiing after years off the slopes... one thing I really try to do when I go skiing is to try to remember to use good form (even when I'm on a blue or green run with my sons) and to try to challenge myself a bit each time I go. I'm not sure that's a legitimate challenge, though. It's kind of like reporting back, "I didn't take the easy way out at least once today." ;-)

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SARAHSLY's Photo SARAHSLY Posts: 524
1/17/09 1:13 P

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I'm the queen of chicken sh*t on the hill. If you find the cure for psyching myself out, let me know. :)

So far as off hill... I wonder if doing some core training and lower body stuff would help for KNOWING that you're capable of handling and adapting to whatever the hill throws at you.

I've been loving doing lunges and squats using my balance ball against the wall (it really helps me keep in good form for the movements) in addition to mixing up a variety of crunches and core exercises.

I'm curious what others have for advice.

Good luck!


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1/16/09 10:51 P

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I need a challenge that will make me ski faster. I am still apprehensive 2 years after an injury. I haven't fallen in 2 years- because I don't go fast enough to! Any ideas on getting me some confidence?

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1/16/09 12:31 P

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Alright my silent members team - this is my challenge to you.

Come up with a challenge that you think will make us all better on the slopes.

Post it here. Maybe some week long challenges... maybe some longer term, maybe just something you need some support in doing for yourself...

and now I... am off to the slopes!



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