Hello Team U12:
Nice job at the Magic duals! Once again our team scored many podiums, but as importantly there were several nice finishes and notable improvement by many others. Remember, ski racing is a process of gradual improvement. It takes a lot of time on snow and repetition of moves until they become second nature. We work hard in training and then with every race we try to do better than we did last time. As you get closer to the top of the result sheet it is harder and harder to move up, and once on the podium, it is difficult to maintain your spot as there are many others gunning for the same spot. However, that's what makes this a fun and challenging sport. I'm really pleased with the effort most of you are putting forth, and if you are seeing improvement in your results, congratulations; you have worked hard to achieve your accomplishments. If you have yet to realize improvement on the result sheet, remember it is still early in the season, and there is plenty of time for you to shine. Oftentimes it takes a while for improved skiing to translate into faster skiing. The key is to keep working hard and to try new moves as recommended by the coaches which may well be out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, enjoy the process; thrive on the challenge whatever level you you are at right now.
One other note on the race. We changed our usual inspection process last week. I noticed that when we employed the system whereby many skiers would slip behind a single coach with the coach doing all of the talking, there were several kids who did not listen and really did not get a lot out of the inspection. Last weekend we switched to a station inspection system where the coaches placed themselves at a certain part of the course and the kids spread out and slipped at their own pace and met the coaches at various stations and had a discussion about specific sections of the course. This is a preferable and more productive system because it fosters independent thinking on the part of the racers where they are more active participants in making the plan for how to attack the course. In this method we encourage the kids to ask questions and we will ask questions of them, and in so doing they will be better prepared and have their own individual plan. I think it worked well, but it is critical for the kids to tune in and participate and run their own show rather than simply following others.
One final note, we were scheduled to having a tuning education session and pizza party this Saturday, but with the pending storm that has been rescheduled. Here is a note from Christine Anderson:
We have a great opportunity for an extended training block this long weekend. Here is the plan, although depending on the snow it is subject to change. Friday should be solid, but after Friday, make sure to check with the coaches to see if there is a change in the type of skis needed for the next day.
Friday 1/18, GS skis. GS training and technical skiing. RSVP Required: RSVP FORM
Saturday 1/19, GS skis. GS training
Sunday 1/20, slalom skis, slalom training or powder skiing depending on the snow situation.
Monday 1/21, slalom skis, drills and training.
Please read Dave Edry's note on tuned skis. Bottom line, as we have said many times, sharp skis are critical, so make sure to take care of that before coming out for training.
That's it for now. As always, feel free to email me with any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone again on either Friday or Saturday. If you are planning on coming on Friday, please RSVP. Thanks everyone.