Hi Team 12:
Great race for many this weekend on the home hill! If you feel that you did not have a successful day, do not worry about it. Ski racers fall and make mistakes all the time. Whether good or bad, race results should be left behind and you should re-focus every week to try to get better.
I think we made some good headway in our effort to race hard and not be intimidated by the moment on race day. We still have some work to do in that department, and in actuality, race day performance is something that you will be trying to master throughout your ski racing career. In general, many of you were able to ratchet up the intensity and "go for it" more than in the past. Now, let's get everyone involved and have SWSC known across the board as kids who are always trying to go fast! The best way to do that is to go hard in training. Going hard will mean different things to different people depending on your experience, but as a bottom line, let's focus on exaggerating the recommended moves and creating bigger angles and bigger pressure.
We do not have races the next two weekends, so it gives us an opportunity to get a good training block in especially since we have a four day weekend coming up. Take advantage of this mid-season racing lull and try to make some significant changes in your skiing. We will primarily focus on GS this weekend and primarily focus on slalom next weekend. However for variety sake, we'll train some slalom this Friday and then move to two days of GS and then back to slalom on Monday.
Here's the schedule:
Friday 2/15, slalom skis and slalom training.
Saturday 2/16, GS skis and GS training and drills
Sunday 2/17, GS skis and GS training and drills
Monday 2/18, slalom skis and slalom training and drills
Reminder: Sharp skis are critical, so make sure that you arrive every day with tuned skis. Given the rain we have had this winter, there is a thick layer of ice beneath the surface, even with the new snow we just received. That ice will likely be there for the remainder of the season and the only way to attack it is with sharp skis.
That's it for now. Email us with any question. Looking forward to a great long weekend.